Chezzi broke down in tears during an interview with Grant Denyer’s 2Day FM breakfast show Grant, Ed & Ash, revealing the couple’s daughter Sailor was now afraid her dad would end up in a wheelchair.
Last week Denyer was hospitalised with an annular fissure after injuring himself using a mallet to hammer in some pegs on his farm.
The TV personality had been bedridden because of the “incredibly painful” injury, however, had been discharged from hospital on Sunday after getting local anaesthetic and an epidural.
“Grant kind of mistook that as feeling like it had worked and it was much better, and the doctors are kind of led by him, and all his vitals looked all good so off we went, left on Sunday feeling great and we thought he would be back at work on Monday,” Chezzi explained to hosts Ash London and Ed Kavalee on Thursday morning.
But on Monday it became clear the pain relief had only been masking Denyer’s symptoms and he was whisked back to hospital, much to his and Chezzi’s devastation.
“After we spoke to you guys (on Monday morning) he got up and walked around and he was pale, he looked really unwell and he was very uncomfortable and the doctor said, ‘you better go back to hospital,’” she said.
Chezzi, who admitted she was feeling “exhausted” after the “full-on couple of weeks,” broke down as she described how their three-year-old daughter Sailor had pleaded for Denyer to come home.
“Sailor said the other day, and it broke my heart, I’ll probably cry,” Chezzi said, choking up.
“But she said — because she’s been having nightmares — ‘I just want Daddy to come home, I don’t want him to work anymore because I’m really worried he is going to end up in a wheelchair.’”
Unfortunately for Denyer, it’s not the first time he has been injured and ended up in hospital.
In 2008 he broke his back in a monster truck smash, an injury that required months of recovery.
Following his Gold Logie win last year Denyer revealed to The Daily Telegraph the injury had left him in a dark place and heavily medicated, leading to what he now fears may have been a dependence on painkillers.
“I mentally wasn’t well, I was on pain medication for long time, and I probably wasn’t aware of the effects of that. I just didn’t have an education to be able to deal with it. I think I was caught in that trap and a whole whirlwind of emotions that meant I was at my lowest,” he said.
He also revealed on his 2Day FM breakfast show last month how the pain medication had made him hallucinate and “escape” from his home, much to the stress and worry of Chezzi.
“The tipping point, where my wife nearly left me, I was missing for quite a long time now, a couple of hours … I was asleep in the emergency fire escape in a high-rise building, sleeping on the floor in my undies next to a human poo,” Denyer recalled.
“I was almost cuddled up to someone’s faeces in the spooning position.”
Denyer narrowly escaped serious injury following another serious racing car accident near Melbourne in 2017 that left him with a broken coccyx and finger.