Ty Pennington shares health update 8 months after emergency surgery: 'Live every single day to the fullest'

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The HGTV host is doing "great" after a procedure to address an abscess in the back of his throat last summer.

Ty Pennington is doing great despite undergoing some personal refurbishment.

In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, the HGTV host, 59, gave an update on his well-being after a health scare last summer. "I'm great," he said. "You know what's great is if you almost die, you get so much attention. It feels so nice to be that loved. I'm planning another one… No, I'm kidding!"

Back in July, Pennington was hospitalized only a few days after attending the Barbie premiere and had surgery to address an abscess in the back of his throat. He shared further details of the events leading up to the surgery with ET.

<p>Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic</p> Ty Pennington

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Ty Pennington

"I had this abscess in my throat and I woke up I couldn't breathe," Pennington recalled. "I drove down the mountain to the hospital, and I'm just like, 'Hey, can you give me a steroid to help shrink the swelling?' And [the doctor] goes, 'What if it's more than that? What if you close up and can't breathe?' I'm like, 'Oh my God.' He's like, 'I think we need to fly you to Denver.' And I wake up and I have a tube in my throat."

Following the medical emergency, Pennington revealed some details on Instagram alongside a photo of him recovering in the hospital. "From the red carpet, to the ICU… this last week has been interesting! I'm okay now, still recovering," he wrote, referencing his attendance at the Los Angeles Barbie premiere. "Wednesday I had surgery and yesterday afternoon I was released from the ICU… A great reminder to LISTEN to your body when it's telling you something."

Pennington is now back in full swing, hosting Rock the Block, which premieres March 5 on HGTV. And that return to form is intentional after his experience.

"It made me realize you just don't know when your timecard's gonna get pulled, so wake up, live every single day to the fullest," he said. "I mean that's why the 60s is gonna be like time to start doing everything, and that's what I love about being part of these projects, because I think we all want to make sure we've done things to be remembered." 

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