Ray Hadley has revealed he was forced to spend the weekend in hospital hooked up to a drip after falling ill with a condition that hit with no warning signs whatsoever.
The 2GB radio star rang to update his fellow presenters Mark Levy, Bob Fulton, Darryl Brohman and Erin Molan from his hospital bed, revealing he suffers from diverticulitis – a condition which sees small pockets called diverticula appearing in the wall of the bowel.
“It’s a rotten sort of thing… and there’s no cure,” he explained on air.
Ray said he began feeling unwell on Friday afternoon, having felt “on top of the world” just minutes beforehand – and luckily he knew straight away that he needed to get to hospital.
“Most people out there who suffer with it like I do will know exactly what I’m talking about,” he said. “It’s in the bowel and strikes you within minutes, and I got an attack last night and ended up on a drip here in hospital.”
He went on: “Yesterday I was on top of the world feeling really good, and about 10 minutes later I hit the deck… with a whole range of stomach pains and things like that. Then you recover from the original attack and what happens is, when I had it last time two years ago, I just thought I had bad gastric flu.
“I thought I was okay, stayed home for two days off work, and then eventually went into hospital because the infection took hold.”
He went on to express his shock at how quickly the news can spread online, despite him not telling anyone that he’d been admitted himself. Instead, fellow patients had posted updates themselves and the news had quickly spread.
“I hadn’t been in hospital emergency more than 10 minutes when I started getting text messages from Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield asking ‘Are you ok?’,” Ray told his colleagues, and it had happened before he’d even had chance to tell his own children.
“Despite the immediate interest in my time in hospital, I didn’t tell my children,” he added, explaining that each of them had their own concerns to be worrying about, so he didn’t want to trouble them. However, when his fellow presenters offered to send him flowers, Ray joked that he just needed a change of underwear.
In fact, he didn’t tell his partner either as he was worried about spoiling her weekend away. However, he was inundated with messages from his daughter as she finally found out the news.
Ray was speaking on Saturday and said, all being well, he planned to be back at work this week.