Audiences love to chuckle over the antics of young pageant queen Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and her family on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but what they’re going through right now is no laughing matter.
Just weeks after enjoying a vacation in Florida (where they had a blast at Walt Disney World, seen here), Alana’s dad, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, was admitted to the hospital with a serious illness.
June “Mama June” Shannon, Alana’s mom and Mike’s long-time girlfriend, posted this notice on Honey Boo Boo’s official Facebook page:
Oh k cause everyone is talking and what our family emergency is well im going to go public so there will b no fake stories of what is going sugarbear was rushed to the hospital Monday by us cause he was having chest pains like gas pains well we get to the hospital and after tests we find out he has pancreatitis which is inflammation of the pancreas and cause he is a diabetic type 2 pills only thats not good so he has been hospitalized under strict doctor care…
June goes on to explain that Mike spent a night in the intensive care unit but is now in a regular ward, undergoing more tests and resting. Treatment for mild pancreatitis involves painkillers, IV fluids and no food until the inflammation goes down.
The condition is most often caused by gallstones, high cholesterol or alcoholism, but June says Mike has none of these factors. “[H]ope we get answers soon,” she writes. “[W]e r staying very close to the hospital in case he needs us.”
This is the third time in just a few months that Sugar Bear has been laid up. This past fall, he injured his foot while “mud-bogging,” developing an infection so severe that the family worried he might lose his leg.
Then on December 8, he felt ill while playing Santa Claus at home during the family’s annual charity food and toy drive. Paramedics came out and gave him fluids.
It has to be rough on the entire family, who seem to be genuinely close. But Alana, who’s only 7, must be the most worried of all. Kids think of their parents as invincible, so it’s scary for them to see Mom or Dad hooked up to tubes and machines. June has to keep her own fears in check as she offers reassurance to her little girl.
Fans have been sending their well wishes by the thousands via Facebook. Some are sharing their own experiences with pancreatitis, while others offer their love and prayers.
Wishing Sugar Bear a speedy recovery – his family and fans need him home and healthy. And Alana – be good for your mama and rest assured that your daddy is in good hands and has a lot of support on his side.
[Photo: via Facebook]
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