After sustaining a serious fall outside her home in mid-November 2017, Carrie Underwood has finally given fans an update on the aftermath of that event. In a letter to her fans obtained by E! News (but seemingly not on her website), Underwood opens up about the fall, the resulting surgery needed to heal her and why she “might look a little different” when she does come back into the public eye. From the sound of the letter, it appears Underwood has been through a significant ordeal, and she will need time to heal properly in order to return to music.
If you’ll recall, back in November, Underwood was seriously injured on the steps outside her home. In the initial reports, it was believed she had sustained a broken wrist, cuts and abrasions — nothing that would require serious surgery or could severely impact her road to recovery.
“I just wanted let everyone know that I’m doing great. Had surgery on my wrist yesterday & all went well,” she wrote on Nov. 15. “[E]ven though I’ll be setting off airport metal detectors from now on…I’m so thankful for the doctors, nurses, family & friends who’ve been taking such great care of me.”
I just wanted let everyone know that I’m doing great. Had surgery on my wrist yesterday & all went well…even though I’ll be setting off airport metal detectors from now on…I’m so thankful for the doctors, nurses, family & friends who’ve been taking such great care of me.
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) November 15, 2017
Underwood hasn’t made a public appearance since her fall, so fans haven’t known before now just how serious her injuries were and although she has been posting to her Instagram, we haven’t gotten a full look at her face or her healing injuries.
Now, in the letter sent out to fans, Underwood writes about the true extent of her injuries — and it sounds like her fall was more serious than we imagined. “In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well. I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told [my husband] Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in. Now, here we are 7 weeks later and, even though I’ve had the best people helping me, I’m still healing and not quite looking the same,” she revealed to fans.
She continues, “I honestly don’t know how things are going to end up but I do know this: I am grateful. I am grateful that it wasn’t much, much worse. And I am grateful for the people in my life that have been there every step of the way.”
Underwood continues, writing about how she is ready to get back to her life despite some hand-wringing that she may look different. “I am determined to make 2018 amazing and I want to share things with you along the way,” she writes. “And when I am ready to get in front of a camera, I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different. I’m hoping that, by then, the differences are minimal, but, again, I just don’t know how it’s all going to end up.”
We hope Underwood heals quickly and that she is in fact in good health and better spirits. While we hope she isn’t too severely affected by her injuries in the long run, it’s hard to imagine she would have anything less than the full support of her fans as she moves forward.