Long time Wheel of Fortune Presenter Pat Sajak returned to work after a recent health scare forced him to take a break from the program. The 73-year-old man underwent emergency surgery in November to repair a blocked intestine, and says he now feels "ridiculously good."
During an appearance on Good morning america, Sajak talked about his health crisis and gave details about the day he was taken to the hospital. He said he started the day out for a walk with his 24-year-old daughter Maggie. But, when he got home and began preparing for work, he suddenly felt an "unbearable,quot; pain in his stomach.
Two hours later, Sajak was at the operating table. But, doctors had to wait a little because their blood pressure had subsided.
"It was so fast and so intense," Sajak said. "You couldn't do anything. I was in (a) fetal position, lying in bed. They try to give him several pain medications. And none of that was working. And then they gave me something, I couldn't even tell you the name, but suddenly , I wasn't thinking about the pain. I just had these beautiful cakes and lovely faces coming out of it. "
Sajak explained that he could hear his wife, Lesly and Maggie in the background, but it seemed they were a mile away even though they were right next to him.
“They were talking to each other. And I remember thinking, not in a morbid way, ‘I think this must be death. That is how death should be, "Sajak said.
Instead of worrying about himself, the host of the show thought of his wife and daughter when he heard their voices. He didn't feel bad about dying, he felt bad about Lesly and Maggie because they were going to have to deal with the consequences. However, Sajak says it turned out he was "just tall."
Now, Sajak is "as good or bad as new," and says that's great. He still has his ingenuity and will be "selling vocals for a long time." Sajak also expressed his gratitude for his co-star Vanna White, who assumed the role of host of Sajak in Wheel of Fortune during his absence
Pat Sajak called Vanna White "a soldier,quot; for intervening, and he didn't have to because he isn't really part of his job. Sajak says that White is a team player, although she was nervous and uncomfortable presenting the program instead of passing cards.
As for his future in Wheel of Fortune, Sajak knows he can't do the show forever. This was the first time in 40 years that he lost a recording, and he knows he can't put another 40. But, as long as he does it at a high level, he won't go anywhere.