Comedian Kevin Hart says he pretended to be better than he actually was while convalescing after his car accident, revealing that he kept secrets from his doctors.
Hart opened up about his journey to recovery after the car crash last year while speaking to Joe Rogan on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience earlier this week.
He said, “I just broke my f**king damn back. I lied in the hospital because I didn’t want them that I was having pain because I thought they would stop letting me try my walks.”
The actor added that he was able to walk within two weeks of going home from the hospital and that he refused all pain medication.
I dealt with the pain. Every night was a horrible night. I should have had the walker, but I am giving the perception that it was better than it was. I had the back brace on. I don’t want you to worry. I don’t want the worry placed on anybody else.
The dopest thing about that was not being able to walk, but being told if I’m patient, I can recover fully, I can get back to myself and me instantly thinking in my head, ‘I can actually be better than I was. If I can keep beating myself, then that means I’m in a battle with the only person I really want to f–– beat and that’s me. I don’t care about anybody else. I’m in this amazing Rocky story with myself.
Because I now have metal in my back, it’s about getting your back to be comfortable with the metal but also to get back to a normal type of flexibility. As soon as I got out of the hospital, I started. I didn’t have days off. As soon as I got out, I started physical therapy.”
Speaking further, Hart said that he was “probably back at 98 percent.”
If I didn’t have that core, I’d be paralyzed. The doctor looked me in the eyes and said, ‘You’re lucky to be walking. There are no bad days for me. My biggest cry in life came from the first day I came home from the hospital. Because there was an option of me never seeing that house again. There was an option of me never seeing my wife and my kids. I have no reason to be angry because I don’t have to be here.”
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