“What a way to celebrate my 74th birthday — sometimes life gives you the middle finger,” Suzanne Somers exclusively told Page Six this week after a traumatic injury that required spinal surgery and has left her in a “dog collar.”
A year ago, Somers celebrated her birthday by posting a still-sexy-at-73 nude pic, shot by hubby Alan Hamel, that went viral.
But the “Three’s Company” star revealed last week that she’d taken a spill down the stairs with Hamel at their Palm Springs, Calif., compound. (Web site Jezebel hypothesized that the pair — known for a legendarily active sex life that includes twice-daily sessions — were injured in the act.)
Somers, who was also still recovering from a fractured hip suffered last year, exclusively told us this week: “Alan and I had a terrible fall… I was waiting at the top of the stairs — that’s what happens when you are so in love with each other — I was waiting at the top of the stairs for Alan, the love of my life, and I’ve got a crutch, and he grabs my hand and missteps and he goes down. Because we’re holding hands, that’s the problem with being in love with each other, I go on top of him.”
Not having lost her sense of humor, Somers added, “I’ve had more fun being on top of him.”
After the fall, “the pain was awful in my shoulder and neck.” Upon being X-rayed, “they rushed me into emergency surgery.” Now, “I have a whole lot of hardware in me … it’s going to be a whole lot of fun going through airports.” Hamel, who wasn’t injured, has been doting on his wife ever since her release from the hospital.
“I have a dog collar … my new theme song is, ‘How Much Is That Doggie In The Window,’” Somers joked of the neck brace she’ll need for about another month. “I can’t turn my head… I have to keep it straight ahead. No joke.”
But, “Every day it gets a little better … because Friday is my birthday, we’re going to celebrate with a big party Friday night,” at their home bar, Big Al’s, from which they do their Facebook Live shows that took a temporary pause when Somers was injured.
“This will be my first tequila,” since the accident, she told us. It’ll also be, “the first time I’m going to reveal myself with the neck brace. I’ve not been wanting to be seen so far.”
While sex didn’t figure into the accident, it is apparently part of Somers’ recovery. “It sounds kitsch, but I woke up yesterday morning thinking, ‘What is he doing?’ He never misses an opportunity!” she said of Hamel, to whom she’s been married since 1977. But, “I had fun. I must thank him 50 times a day. When someone is this selfless and this tender … If he wants sex two, three, ten times-a-day.”
Somers, the author of “A New Way to Age,” told us, “I am getting better, and I will recover. Life can change in a day [so] enjoy each day, because you never know what tomorrow might bring.”
She may even write about her recovery in a future book.
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