Tucker Carlson Undergoes Last Minute Surgery

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Fox News star Tucker Carlson underwent last-minute back surgery and still made it back in time to host his wildly popular program “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

The Washington Examiner reports:

“Tucker Carlson had emergency back surgery yesterday and did the show anyway. He thanks all those who tuned in and watched closely,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday.

Carlson noted how the experience sharped his view on opioid addiction the crisis facing the country.

“That was one of the most intense experiences of my life,” Carlson said. “They hit me up, they told me this morning, with such a huge dose of Dilaudid, which is more powerful than morphine, when I got there, that I had trouble breathing. Scared the s*** out of me. Didn’t have any effect at all. And then all night, I lay there, the nurse finally upped my dosage of Dilaudid to the point where every eight minutes I hit it and it was like getting shot. Just like, bam, feel it hit me, and it didn’t touch the pain.”

Carlson , who was speaking with his production crew, said he took the opioid propofol, which knocked him out. When he woke up, the pain was gone, he said. Carlson added he will avoid ever taking opioids again.

“I just thought that was the most interesting f***ing thing that had ever happened to me. It wasn’t even that I survived it. It wasn’t even about me — it was about what it does to people,” Carlson said on the recording. “It explains so much of what we see around us. Just the lack of dignity. And that weird drive you have to be like, ‘That’s not in the right order. It should be this way.’ You know? It inculcates this not caring.”

Tucker Carlson didn’t disclose exactly what happened to lead to the surgery but according to outside reports its related to an incident on Monday.

  1. Great to hear u survived the surgery, and hope everything going forward with it,that u will be back to normal, u are the best show on fox, we can’t afford to lose u,when no other channels, ever tell the truth, their all bs and propaganda.

      1. Only a woman who has had an extremely difficult childbirth can even begin to imagine what it’s like for a man to have a cold – So she would have no chance at all to understand what Tucker went through. He da man.

    1. prayers were answered drink lots of water i have had kidney stones all my life they are bad god bless you tucker carlson you are a blessing to alot of people take care

  2. Tucker I feel your pain, but don’t forget there are people in serious pain who rely on opioids to just get thru the day. When you go on an anti-opioid rant you make it harder for those people to get the relief they need. There are legitimate uses for opioids and not everyone who uses them are addicts. Every American who has had a knee replace or hip replaced has been given heavy doses of opiates. I had a heart surgery and afterwards was given fentynal. it felt like I was floating above my bed but before they gave it to me, I felt like I was run over by a truck.

    1. Not everyone can have surgery tomorrow and in some cases like mine they will not operate at all due to where the injury is. This is the problem they forget that pain pills are the ONLY way some of us can get to the next day. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have something to lessen the extreme pain. Probably would be forced to end it as nobody can live with pain levels like that.

    2. Fran, I had both knees replaced, open heart surgery, lung surgery, 3 kids and a stent put in. I was NEVER given heavy doses of any opiates. Please only states facts you can backup.

    3. There is some difference between stopping pain and opioid high. Getting high does not eliminate the pain as much as it makes you not care about the pain.

  3. I absolutely love Tucker! I’ve never missed his amazingly truthful analysis of our political and medical crises. I’ll be praying for your recovery.

  4. That Dilaudid doesn’t play! Had it administered when in the hospital for one of my Diverticulitus attacks. Best I can figure Dilaudid is Latin for Stupid. I would hallucinate, know I was doing it but couldn’t stop it. I know why people get hooked on Opioids, but unless the pain is about to make me pass out keep that stuff away from me!

      1. I was not going to comment until I saw yours. I have a distant relative that has an incurable disease that causes extreme pain. He is a highly functional individual and after going through the prescribed pain medications which he swore off, he is adamant that ‘weed’ is the only real, pure, painkiller. No addiction, no side effects.

  5. His vulgarity and obscenity leave me practically uncaring about his experience. What drives these people to speak in such a manner? Is there no respect at all for the reader/listener? Superstars are certainly vulnerable to massive egoism.

  6. Best wishes, Tucker.

    However, the author of this article should know propofol is NOT an opioid. It is an anesthetic agent often used in conscious sedation procedures in emergency rooms, sometimes utilized during intubation. Always used while the patient is closely monitored and in a controlled setting where they can be placed on oxygen or intubated if necessary.

    And, if Dilaudid was not providing pain relief, upping the dosage and/or frequency of doses was not a very wise option.

    Just the opinion of a retired Emergency and Trauma registered nurse.

  7. I feel your pain! I have had two sciatic back repairs and know the level of rain that is a shitty part of what you’re going through! Hope your surgery will provide you total relief…DO WHAT YOUR DOCTORS TELL YOU – FULL STOP! You’ll pay a price if you try to self-analyze…don’t do it…take whatever time they tell you to take…Sending positive thoughts your way, Ron Smith, committed supporter….half way through your book – really enjoying it.

  8. I had surgery on my low back. When I awoke in the recovery room I was on morphine which was not touching the pain. It felt like I had been run over by a Mack truck. When they took me to my room they gave me Demerol, coupled with the morphine the pain disappeared! Gone! Just like that. I had no desire to take it any longer than I had to but that Demerol was worth its weight in gold.


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