Jeannie Mai shared that she is “underweight and malnourished” after being placed on a liquid diet following emergency surgery.
“I got kind of depressed because I lost about 10 pounds from just eating liquids, so I am really frail right now,” “The Real” co-host told People. “Really, really frail.”
Earlier this month, the 41-year-old had to drop out of “Dancing with the Stars” after being hospitalized due to the inflammatory illness epiglottitis.
She also shared that she feels “really tired” because she’s “so underweight and malnourished.”
Mai said that she was not allowed to eat solid or hot food for two weeks.
“You could actually do really big damage,” she said of the strict diet, adding, “So I ate a lot of cold soups and a lot of juices.”
But the TV personality remains optimistic about getting back into shape and putting the pounds back on when she’s ready.
“[I] can’t wait to get back into the gym to gain back my body and health to conquer my dreams again,” she explained to People.
For now, she said she is “96 percent better, where I can speak. I can’t yell, but I can speak.”
She is also starting to reintroduce solid foods back into her diet, “incorporating back starches and meat and things that I can chew. I can’t chew solid, solid foods. I can’t have like bread, or nothing like crackers, but I can eat maybe like porridge or maybe [a] matzo ball.”
While she still continues to struggle, Mai is just grateful that her surgery was a success.
“I am very thankful to be alive, of course, and I’m thankful to have learned that you really cannot take your health for granted,” she said.
In early November Mai gave an update from her hospital bed on “DWTS” following her procedure.
“I’m absolutely devastated that my journey on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ has to end this way,” Mai said at the time. “I found out that I have a throat abscess, where my tonsils and my throat had gotten so infected that it started permeating to the rest of the areas behind my neck and behind my ears, that I had to get emergency surgery which is why I’m here now.”
Her doctor told her that if she had waited any longer, her throat could have closed up.
Two weeks after the health scare, her fiancé Jeezy said that Mai was already on the road to recovery.
Described as a “potentially life-threatening condition,” epiglottitis occurs “when the epiglottis — a small cartilage ‘lid’ that covers your windpipe — swells, blocking the flow of air into your lungs,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
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