Piers Morgan reveals he was left bedridden for two days with heat exhaustion

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Piers Morgan reveals he was left bedridden for two days with heat exhaustion

Piers Morgan has revealed he was left bedridden for two days during the UK's heatwave last week.During Monday's Good Morning Britain, the lead anch

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Piers Morgan has revealed he was left bedridden for two days during the UK’s heatwave last week.

During Monday’s Good Morning Britain, the lead anchor, 55, told viewers he couldn’t ‘walk, breathe or speak’ as he suffered from heat exhaustion after playing golf in the sun on Friday.

The media personality, who admitted he hasn’t ‘completely recovered’, reassured fans who were concerned about his ‘bloated face and pinhead eyes’ as he joked: ‘I do love the viewers. They don’t hold back!’

'It was quite unpleasant': Piers Morgan has revealed he was left bedridden for two days during the UK's heatwave last week (pictured with co-host Susanna Reid)

‘It was quite unpleasant’: Piers Morgan has revealed he was left bedridden for two days during the UK’s heatwave last week (pictured with co-host Susanna Reid)

Detailing his ‘unpleasant’ weekend, the ITV star said: ‘I woke up on Saturday morning and suddenly went wooo, wooo.

‘I hadn’t had a single thing to drink – I had heat exhaustion. I spent two days in bed. I basically couldn’t walk, couldn’t breathe. I could barely talk.’

‘Heat exhaustion is actually quite unpleasant, I’ve discovered. I was very tired. I just slept it off.’

The TV veteran ensured he powered through the show as he said: ‘I probably haven’t completely recovered but you dig deep and you battle on.’ 

'I do love the viewers. They don't hold back!' During Monday's Good Morning Britain, the lead anchor, 55, reassured fans who were concerned about his 'bloated face and pinhead eyes

‘I do love the viewers. They don’t hold back!’ During Monday’s Good Morning Britain, the lead anchor, 55, reassured fans who were concerned about his ‘bloated face and pinhead eyes

Terrible: Piers said he couldn't 'walk, breathe or speak' as he suffered from heat exhaustion after playing golf in the sun on Friday

Terrible: Piers said he couldn’t ‘walk, breathe or speak’ as he suffered from heat exhaustion after playing golf in the sun on Friday

His happy place: The TV veteran frequently takes to the golf course for games with his pals (pictured far right earlier this month)

His happy place: The TV veteran frequently takes to the golf course for games with his pals (pictured far right earlier this month)

In typical Piers fashion, the journalist laughed off his condition as he added: ‘It was a utopia for my critics really!’  

What is heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is not usually serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes. If it turns into heatstroke, it needs to be treated as an emergency.

If someone has heat exhaustion, they should be moved to a cool place, laid down with their feet slightly raised, hydrated with water and cooled down with a cold pack. 

The signs of heat exhaustion include: 

  • a headache 
  • dizziness and confusion 
  • loss of appetite and feeling sick 
  • excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin 
  • cramps in the arms, legs and stomach 
  • fast breathing or pulse 
  • temperature of 38C or above
  • being very thirsty

Source: NHS 

At one point, the Life Stories presenter alarmed the show’s resident medic Dr Hilary Jones when he confused diuretics – a medication to increase the amount of water and salt expelled from the body – for Dioraltye – a rehydration remedy‎. 

Piers clarified: ‘I wasn’t on diuretics. Happy to be this chunky. I actually loved it, but I then got heat exhaustion.’ 

Later into the programme, he addressed viewers who took to Twitter with concerns about his appearance, with some comments more blunt than others.

Piers chuckled: ‘I’m getting a few concerned thoughts on Twitter. Am I OK? I’m looking ill.

‘Keith writes: ”You all right mate? Face bloated, pinhead eyes, faltering voice. Get well soon.”

‘I do love the viewers. They don’t hold back. I spent all weekend in bed with heat exhaustion after playing golf on Friday.’

His amused co-star Susanna Reid sarcastically asked: ‘You’re showing so much courage. How are you doing?’, before the broadcaster replied: ‘Not great – but I’m helped enormously by the touching concern of the viewers.’ 

According to the NHS, heat exhaustion is usually not considered as serious if you can cool down within half an hour. 

If someone has heat exhaustion, they should be moved to a cool place, laid down with their feet slightly raised, hydrated with water and cooled down with a cold pack.

Signs include a headache, loss of appetite, dizziness and confusion, excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin, cramps in the arms, legs and stomach and a temperature of 38C or above. 

Looking at the brighter side of things: In typical Piers fashion, the journalist laughed off his condition as he added: 'It was a utopia for my critics really'

Looking at the brighter side of things: In typical Piers fashion, the journalist laughed off his condition as he added: ‘It was a utopia for my critics really’

Not quite! At one point, the Life Stories presenter alarmed the show's resident medic Dr Hilary Jones when he confused diuretics for Dioraltye

Not quite! At one point, the Life Stories presenter alarmed the show’s resident medic Dr Hilary Jones when he confused diuretics for Dioraltye

Bold: Later into the programme, he addressed viewers who took to Twitter with concerns about his appearance, with some comments more blunt than others

Bold: Later into the programme, he addressed viewers who took to Twitter with concerns about his appearance, with some comments more blunt than others

Update: On his health, Piers said he's 'not great' but is 'helped enormously by the touching concern of the viewers'

Update: On his health, Piers said he’s ‘not great’ but is ‘helped enormously by the touching concern of the viewers’

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