‘It’s one step forward, three steps back’: Former Loose Women star Andrea McLean left ‘bedridden’ after ‘three months of absolute exhaustion’ as she details health woes
Andrea McLean was left ‘bedridden’ after ‘three months of absolute exhaustion’ as she detailed her health woes on Monday.
The former Loose Women star, 53, who quit the show in 2020, admitted it was ‘one step forward and three steps back’ for her health and was ‘awaiting blood tests.’
In a lengthy post shared to her Instagram, she explained that she had gone to support ex co-star Brenda Edwards at an event on the one year anniversary of the death of her son Jamal and fell ill shortly after.
Andrea uploaded a photo of herself from the event and penned: ‘Things I did to fill my cup this week, that weren’t to do with work…
‘1. I went out with @nickfeeneycoach to support my lovely friend @brendaedwardsglobal on the one year anniversary of the passing of her son Jamal. It was a beautiful, poignant evening.’
Resting: Andrea McLean, 53, was left ‘bedridden’ after ‘three months of absolute exhaustion’ as she detailed her health woes on Monday
Poorly: The former Loose Women star admitted it was ‘one step forward and three steps back’ for her health and was ‘awaiting blood tests’ (pictured on Lorraine in 2022)
She continued: ‘Unfortunately, I ended up poorly in bed for three days afterwards. I had pushed myself at the gym that day, which was too much for my tired body.
‘So, another episode of one step forward, three steps back. I am now awaiting blood tests to see why I have been poorly for so long now – it’s over three months of absolute exhaustion. The thinking is that it is Covid / autoimmune related. It’s a nuisance!
‘2. I was luckily well enough to get dressed up and take my mum out on Friday for a pamper day as a belated Christmas present. So nails done and to our local Ivy for a late lunch. It was really lovely.
‘3. We went round to mum and dads for another late lunch yesterday, with them and joint friends.
‘It was lots of fun – and crossed three decades, we are in our 50s, our friends are in their 60s, mum and dad are in their 70s! How did that happen?
‘4. We took for a walk, our usual Sunday thing. Here’s to a happy, healthy week ahead. What did you do to fill your cup this week?’
It comes after Andrea revealed that she is ‘rubbish’ at keeping in touch with her former Loose Women co-stars and admitted she was ‘nervous’ about leaving the daytime programme.
Night out: In a lengthy post to her Instagram, she explained that she had gone to support ex co-star Brenda Edwards at an event, with her husband Nick Feeney, and fell ill shortly after
Over did it: Andrea uploaded a photo of herself and her mum from the weekend and penned: ‘Things I did to fill my cup this week, that weren’t to do with work…’
The former TV presenter – who is now focused on her website, This Girl Is On Fire, as well as her writing career – told how she messages Brenda Edwards, Denise Welch, Linda Robson and Saira Khan.
Andrea told The Sun: ‘I stay in contact with some of the Loose Women ladies, in the same way that I only get to talk to some when I was there – but not hugely.
‘Mainly because I’m busy, working and doing my thing. Brenda and I message, Denise, Linda Robson, Saira.
‘I was rubbish keeping in touch when I was there and I’m just as rubbish now.
Oh dear: She continued: ‘Unfortunately, I ended up poorly in bed for three days afterwards. I had pushed myself at the gym that day, which was too much for my tired body’
‘But what’s nice it doesn’t matter because with your real friends it doesn’t matter if you haven’t seen each other for years.’
Elsewhere, Andrea confessed she was nervous about leaving Loose Women because she’d done the job for a long time and it had become her ‘identity.’
The entrepreneur explained how she sat herself down and acknowledged that she is more than just her job title, and wanted more than anything to help people.
Andrea insisted she would urge anyone who is unsure about making a change, to sit down and write a ‘what if all goes wrong’ list and change it to a ‘what if it all goes right’ list.
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