Radio/TV personality Rickey Smiley is informing fans that he’s been in the hospital since Monday after going through a “rough” month following the death of his grandfather at the end of November.
The star of TVOne’s “Rickey Smiley For Real” explained on Instagram Wednesday that he’s listening to doctor’s orders.
“December has been a rough month. A rough, rough, rough month,” he says before inhaling through the incentive spirometer, which is used to keep lungs healthy.” “Getting up, walking around. If you’re in the hospital, better do what them doctors tell you to do. Thank you for your well-wishes … I’ve been in the hospital since Monday. I don’t know what the hell is going on, but everybody been nice. I feel better.”
Smiley did not explain why he’s in the hospital but the medical device he was videoed breathing through is typically used to help patients keep their lungs clear and active as they heal from a lung-related illness or surgery, according to Medline Plus.
Meanwhile, fans have continued to send well wishes for the comedian’s speedy recovery.
“WHAT I pray you feel better soon as possible Yes a very tough month”
“@realrickeysmiley stay strong rick and most of all stay encouraged.”
“Ricky prayers prayers prayers I know you have a that strong relationship with God so he got you.”
“ For a speedy recovery.”
“Rickey take care of you. We can send you some Maryland crab soup.”
“He healed me he’s going to heal you too. In jesus name. [Destress] and follow the doctors orders.”
“We love you and we need you! And your absolutely right Jesus is your Dr!!! Prayer changes lives and I know for a fact you have changed so many we are all praying for you ”
Part of Smiley’s rough month is the loss of his grandfather. On Dec. 1, Smiley told his followers in an emotional Facebook video that Ernest Smiley died a day earlier as the comic was set to take the stage in New Orleans.
“Thank you for your support, thank you for your prayers,” the “Dish Nation” host said. “My grandfather’s in a better place. I appreciate everybody.”