Poor Nick Cannon. This fella has not had a real great start to 2012, not by any means. First he was hospitalized for “mild kidney failure,” whatever that means (I guess his kidneys weren’t so much like “omg omg omg, we are dying right this very second’ and more like “hey, dude, we’re just gonna take a break for a minute, we cool?”), and then last month he was hospitalized again with blood clots in his lungs. All in all, I’d say he’s had better times.
But now Nick is saying that all of his recent health problems have been attributed to some sort of autoimmune disease. Tough luck, Nick.
Nick Cannon is opening up about his ongoing health problems that came to light after he was hospitalized for kidney failure in January and then hospitalized again, weeks later, with blood clots in his lungs.
“The blood clot thing was probably the scariest because … I’ve known people who have passed away from that,” he told PEOPLE at New York’s Teqa Restaurant and Tequila Bar, where he was deejaying an event Wednesday night.
“I thought I was getting better,” said Cannon, 31, “and then that happened, so that kind of came out of nowhere.”
Cannon, who stepped down from his New York-based radio show in February to continue his recovery, said doctors have told him his kidney condition is “something I’m going to be living with all my life.”
“I’m just trying to make sure I put my health first,” he told PEOPLE, adding that he tries to get six hours of sleep a night and has been taking it easy at home.
He also revealed that the kidney disease was a result of an “autoimmune disease that [doctors] found in my system,” and his blood clots were directly connected to his kidney infection.
“It’s a lot of stuff,” said Cannon, “but it’s all in order now.”
When asked by PEOPLE if his condition was hereditary, Cannon said, “They kind of say [my] autoimmune [disease] is – like a lupus type of thing, but no one else in my family has it.”
For now, Cannon is just focusing on getting better – as well as on his young family with wife Mariah Carey.
“I feel blessed to be alive,” Cannon said. “If it wasn’t discovered, I don’t know [what would have happened].”
If Nick Cannon has “like a lupus type of thing,” then based on my extensive medical knowledge that I gained from watching nothing but the first five seasons of House for about four months in 2010, that means that a lot of really scary but really vague things are wrong with his body. I think it also means that you take a shot, but that’s only if you’re playing the drinking game* at home.
Get well soon, Nick! Or at least get this under control, you got dem babies to think about!
*Yeah, the House drinking game was popular during my senior year of college. It started out with reasonable rules, but then it quickly disintegrated into things like “drink every time House takes a pill!” or “drink everytime House limps!” or “let’s just go lay in the grass.” It was super fun, I definitely recommend it.