AI ROKER HEALTH
(Al Roker Health) : Al Roker has returned home after spending the previous month in and out of the hospital, and he is reflecting on a “tough slog” in his health journey.
Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of the “Today” show, announced on December 1 that Roker had been readmitted to the hospital due to complications from an earlier visit in November. The “Today” show weatherman had blood clots travel to his lungs. He returned home on Thanksgiving Day, but returned a few days later.
Roker announced Thursday night that he was returning home.
“Home! So grateful to family, friends, and medical personnel; please show family and all your thoughts and prayers today “He posted it on Instagram.
On Friday’s episode of “Today,” the anchors announced the “great, great” news while playing his favourite song, “The A-Team” theme song.
“He announced it on Instagram last night,” Savannah Guthrie said. “It’s been a long journey.”
Roker, sporting a salt-and-pepper moustache, virtually checked in with his “Today” colleagues from his kitchen on Monday to discuss his hospital stay and when he might return to the show.
“It’s been a long haul. I’m not going to argue against it “He stated. “It’s been the most difficult one yet, and you know I’ve had my fair share of surgeries.”
“It does, however, fill you with a profound sense of gratitude for this outpouring of prayers and thanks. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate “He stated.
This morning, we're checking in with @alroker! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/a3g67OeSDH
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 12, 2022
When asked when he might be returning, Roker said he needs to regain his strength.
“Every week you are in the hospital, you lose a certain amount of muscle mass. I was hospitalized for four weeks “He added that he is undergoing physical and occupational therapy to help him regain strength.
But, he added, he is in good spirits. “I feel strong, and I’m getting better every day.”
Al Roker was hospitalized again after recovering from a blood clot due to “some complications.”
Roker missed hosting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 24 due to a medical scare, his first absence from the annual event in 26 years. Dylan Dreyer, an NBC meteorologist, stood in for him.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, blood clots, also known as deep vein thrombosis, most commonly occur in the leg. But can also develop in the arm. “A portion of the clot, known as an embolus, can break off and travel to the lungs,” cutting off blood flow to the lungs.
Roker has worked at the “Today” show weather desk since 1996 and has previously been open about his medical issues.
Roker announced his prostate cancer diagnosis in 2020 in order to raise awareness of the disease’s prevalence among men.
“This is a very treatable disease if caught early. That is why I wanted to take you along on my journey, so we can all learn how to educate and protect the men in our lives together “He stated. “I don’t want people thinking, ‘Oh, poor Al,’ because I’m going to be fine.”