Thu, 4 Apr, 2019
Fears for Grant Denyer: “I'm worried he’s going to end up in a wheelchair”
An “exhausted” Chezzi Denyer has provided another update on her husband’s condition after the Gold Logie winner was forced to return to hospital this week.
Calling in to Grant Denyer’s 2Day FM breakfast show Grant, Ed & Ash, Chezzie broke down in tears as she revealed her daughter, Sailor’s fears for her dad’s health.
The little girl has concerns that Grant will end up in a wheelchair after suffering from an annular fissure due to injuring himself while hammering pegs on his farm.
The TV host had been confined to a bed due to the “incredibly painful” injury but was discharged on Sunday after taking an epidural and receiving local anaesthesia.
“Grant kind of mistook that as a feeling like it had worked and it was much better, and the doctors are kind of led by him, and all his vitals looked good so off we went, left on Sunday feeling great and we thought he would be back at work on Monday,” Chezzi explained to hosts Ash London and Ed Kavalee on Thursday.
But come Monday and it became known that the pain relief medication was a temporary fix, and the father-of-two had to be admitted to hospital once again.
“After we spoke to you guys (on Monday morning) he got up and walked around and he was pale, he looked really unwell and he was very uncomfortable and the doctor said, ‘You better go back to hospital,’” she said.
Chezzi admitted that she was feeling “exhausted” after the “full-on couple of weeks”. And to make matters worse, the 41-year-old’s condition was affecting his children as they became increasingly worried.
“Sailor said the other day, and it broke my heart, I’ll probably cry,” an emotional Chezzi said.
“But she said – because she’s been having nightmares – ‘I just want Daddy to come home, I don’t want him to work anymore because I’m really worried he is going to end up in a wheelchair.’”
Earlier in the week Chezzi took to Instagram to share her thoughts over Grant’s condition.
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Well that was tough... Leaving Grant in hospital tonight under the care of the fabulous Nurses and Doctors (think they may have been getting annoyed at me telling them what to do 🙄) Travelling home by myself (with his crutches 😭) and trying to stop myself thinking over all the similarities of how I’m feeling tonight versus how I felt leaving the hospital when he broke his back just over 11 years ago.. 🙅🏼♀️ His condition is not life threatening. He will be ok. His Neurosurgeon believes he will have nothing short of a miraculous recovery. In fact, Dr Parkinson told us today a tear in your disc is very common, especially amongst men. Where the tear has occurred in Grant’s disc is where all the nerve endings are. That tear has since been flooded with more nerve endings as the body attempts to repair itself. It’s an incredibly painful condition. It’s usually treated with very heavy painkillers, and the downtime depends on your ability to heal. Luckily, Grant is incredibly healthy! He has good core stability and muscle strength (all his car racing training I guess) Grant is in good spirits, however he’s very tired. He has this afternoon had a procedure to try reduce the pain. We will know more in 24 hours if the procedure was a success. We really hope it was!!! Thank you again to everyone for your messages. And a big shoutout to everyone suffering tonight with back problems, disc pain and Annular Fissures ..... and I guess also Anal Fistulas (which Grant DOES NOT have but some people have been innocently confused) We are incredibly positive and I really don’t want this post to be taken as a plea for publicity or sympathy because IT IS NOT! I just want to ensure the dialogue is correct and no stories are sensationalised! Love to all tonight 💋
“Where the tear has occurred in Grant’s disc is where all the nerve endings are. That tear has since been flooded with more nerve endings as the body attempts to repair itself,” she wrote.
“It’s an incredibly painful condition. It’s usually treated with very heavy painkillers, and the downtime depends on your ability to heal.
“Grant is in good spirits, however he’s very tired.”
This isn’t the first time Grant has been hospitalised for a critical injury. In 2008 he broke his back in a monster truck smash which took years of recovery.