AceShowbiz - Oprah Winfrey is recovering from a bout of pneumonia following a trip overseas.
Appearing on pal Ellen DeGeneres' daytime show in America on Monday, September 23, the media mogul and actress revealed she thought she was battling a bad cold, but it became much worse.
After a trip to the emergency room she was diagnosed with pneumonia and prescribed antibiotics, but when her condition failed to improve she was urged to see a lung specialist, who gave her a scare.
"He puts a stethoscope here (over her heart) and I see the 'Oh s**t' face," she recalled. "It's like, 'Oh my, something's wrong with you', and I can see it, and he didn't hide it."
"I said, 'I told you it sounds like a rattlesnake in there'. He said, 'You must immediately cancel everything'. I've never cancelled anything in my life. I work when I'm sick... He said, 'You can't fly anywhere for a month' and then he had 18 vials of blood drawn and I thought, 'This must be serious', because I saw his face."
The doctor followed up by calling the "Selma" star every day for a week to make sure she was using an inhaler he gave her "and taking the right antibiotics."
"When I walked in and I was better, he thanked me three times for getting better, and said, 'Can I have a hug?'," she added. "And I could tell he was like, 'Not on my watch is this going to happen.' "