In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Ozzy Osbourne has revealed the details of his recent health battles.
He cited the recovery after his neck surgery as “agony beyond anything I ever experienced before in my life”. After enduring a bout of pneumonia, the frontman suffered a fall at his Los Angeles home back in January.
According to his wife and former manager, Sharon Osbourne, the fall meant Ozzy had “re-injured his back and neck and shoulders”, also, older metal rods in his body became loose.
The NME reports that Osbourne had to have neck surgery, which involved “cut[ting] through all the nerves. It fucked everything up… I’m wobbling all over the place,” he said. “And since they cut through the nerves, my right arm feels permanently cold.”
“For the first, say, four months, I was absolutely in agony. I was in agony beyond anything I ever experienced before in my life. It was awful. I’m taking physical and occupational therapy classes, but the progress is very slow. They say it’s going to take at least a year.”
The NME reports that Black Sabbath Frontman has also been put on blood thinners due to blood clots in his legs: “It’s scary stuff. From 40 to 70 [years old] was OK and suddenly you get to 70 and everything caved in on me.”
Osbourne described the recovery process as “boring”: “I’m used to getting up, getting on my elliptical and going for an hour or so and breaking a sweat. But I can’t do it. One day, I was doing an hour or two on the elliptical; now I can do just barely half an hour. I go out with a walking stick, and I walk up the road and I’m bushed.”
While recuperating, he’s been entertaining himself with television and documentaries claiming he’s become a UFO freak and has even recorded nine song ideas:
“I thought, ‘Well, if I just lay there watching fucking World At War again, I’m not gonna fucking do anything. So do what you can, even if it’s a little, just so you’re doing stuff.”
Osbourne remains unable to play live but is hoping to bounce back next year. “I’m hoping that I’ll be OK and ready to go by January. I’m really keeping my fingers crossed.” All of Osbourne’s 2019 tour dates have been rescheduled for next year.
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