06 September 2020 02:40
Bill Oddie revealed he had been 'very ill' as he returned to Twitter (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images) Bill Oddie has revealed to fans that he has been 'very ill' with lithium toxicity over the summer, which has left him with 'confusion'. The conservationist and birdwatcher, 79, shared the news on Twitter in his first post since June as he told his followers: 'Just so you know, I have been very ill most of this summer. 'Lithium toxicity. 'IT fuddles my brain. XX'.
According to the NHS, lithium is a mood stabilising medication but too much lithium in the blood can cause serious side effects, including confusion, light-headedness and drowsiness. Advertisement It can also cause a loss of appetite and nausea as well as blackouts, muscle weakness, blurred vision and difficulty speaking. Just so you know, I have been very ill most of this summer. IT fuddles my brain.Confusion. XX — Bill Oddie Official (@BillOddie) September 5, 2020 The former Goodies star has previously spoken about having depression, which saw him admitted to a psychiatric hospital in 2009.
I'm going through a decent stretch at the moment, so let's hope that continues.' Bill had found fame in the 1970s as part of the comedy trio The Goodies, alongside Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden and has been hosting nature programmes since the 1980s. Got a story? If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. MORE: Vinnie Jones has viewers sobbing as he breaks down over late wife on Piers Morgan's Life Stories MORE: Chrissy Teigen reveals she's had Botox for 'really bad pregnancy headaches' Bill Oddie has revealed he has been suffering from an 'almost fatal' condition during lockdown. The conservationist and birdwatcher, 79, took to Twitter to tell his followers he had been 'very ill' with 'lithium toxicity,' and has been recovering but was still 'confused about most things.' Bill rose to fame as a member of the comedy trio The Goodies throughout the 1960s and in recent years has appeared on BBC's seasonal nature series Springwatch and Autumnwatch.
Worries: Bill Oddie has revealed he has been 'very ill' with 'lithium toxicity' during lockdown The TV presenter had last tweeted on June 22, when he bemoaned about struggling to use a mobile phone or a couple. Worry: The conservationist and birdwatcher, 79, took to Twitter to tell his followers that he has been recovering but was still 'confused about most things Superstar: In recent years Bill has appeared on BBC's seasonal nature series Springwatch and Autumnwatch Scary: Bill has previously spoken about suffering from crippling depression, which saw him admitted to a psychiatric hospital in 2009 Bill has previously spoken about suffering from crippling depression, which saw him admitted to a psychiatric hospital in 2009, after he was dropped from the BBC show Springwatch. The naturalist has also been open about receiving a bipolar diagnosis while in hospital and being helped by a lithium prescription. Performer and presenter says he has been suffering 'almost fatal' condition of lithium toxicity Goodies star Bill Oddie reveals he has been 'very ill' Former Goodies star Bill Oddie has revealed he has been suffering from an "almost fatal" condition this summer. The 79-year-old conservationist and birdwatcher used Twitter to tell followers he had been "very ill" with "lithium toxicity". He wrote: "Just so you know, I have been very ill most of this summer. But then aren't many of us. "IT fuddles my brain. The TV presenter had last tweeted on 22 June. According to the NHS, lithium is a type of medicine known as a mood stabiliser. Too much lithium in the blood can trigger serious side effects, including causing people to lose their appetite and feel sick, lightheaded, drowsy or confused. It can also lead to blackouts, shaking, muscle weakness, blurred vision and difficulty speaking. Oddie found fame in the 1970s as a member of comic trio The Goodies, alongside Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden. Bill Oddie revealed he was close to death this summer after being struck down very ill. The comedian, 79, returned to social media after a period of silence since his last post shared on June 22 earlier this summer. On Twitter, the writer opened up about his illness as he gave his 76.2K followers a worrying update on Saturday. He wrote: "Just so you know, I have been very ill most of this summer. Lithium toxicity. Almost fatal! "I am still here but very confused about most things! But then aren't many of us. IT fuddles my brain. Confusion." (Image: Mike Marsland/WireImage) Lithium toxicity is a condition brought on by having too much lithium and symptoms include: tremor, increased reflexes, trouble walking, kidney problems, and an altered level of consciousness. Bill also asked fans to wish him luck during his recovery. "Will I return? I Really dunno. I do hope so. Please wish me luck. (Image: Dave Benett/Getty Images) Many of his fans rushed to wish him well in the comments section of his post. Among the crowd, one wrote: "Very best wishes for your recovery Bill. Eerily, I have just finished reading BOLBBB for the umpteenth time and it's still the best - and funniest - book ever written about birding. Hope you are out and about on your local patch soon." Others wrote: "A little something to hopefully make you smile." (Image: @BillOddie/Twitter) "Hang in there Bill. "Get well soon Bill! I sold you birdsong CDs at Virgin Megastore in 1996. You wore a jumper with a puffin on it, and were the epitome of charm and politeness. Was the highlight of my retail career (which, I should note, also included selling the Wagner Ring Cycle box set to Bjork)."