The two-time Dancing With the Stars champ—and latest in a long line of castmembers, pro or otherwise, to pay a trip to the emergency room this season—has spoken out about her hospital trip and is assuring fans that her ambulance run was nothing more than a precaution.
A precaution that just so happened to get her out of today's group hip-hop dance rehearsal.
"Everybody, I'm ok. I'm fine," she wrote on her Fancast blog. "In case you didn't hear the news, last night it was my turn to go to the hospital.
"I didn't feel well the whole day. But I'm a trooper [sic]. I didn't tell anyone. I didn't want to be dramatic about things."
Hough went on to say that while she was experiencing stomach pains throughout the morning, she was able to pretape a singing performance—the budding country crooner will regale fans with a rendition of her latest single, "My Hallelujah Song," on the Nov. 11 results show—without any problems and that it wasn't until she was prepping for her jitterbug encore that things took a turn for the worse.
"I don't know if anyone could see my face during the show, but I was trying so hard to put a smile on. I was in so much pain. Afterward, I went backstage and curled up in a ball. That's when everyone said I needed to go to the hospital."
Still, even that scare wasn't as bad as it was initially made out to be.
"I didn't collapse as some reports indicated," she wrote.
What she did do was stop Dancing With the Stars' injury-hyping cameramen from turning her ambulance ride into a future feature on the show.
"The DWTS crew was trying to film it, but I was like, Seriously guys, don't film it, please. I didn't break my foot."
In the end, her diagnosis turned out to be nothing more than the garden-variety stomachache.
"With stomach problems, you never know what's going on. It could've been appendicitis. It turned out just to be a bad stomach. As my mom said, better safe than sorry."
And better to rest up than tempt a relapse at the sight of Cloris Leachman attempting to do hip-hop.
Before checking out, Hough requested and received a get-out-of-practice-free card.
"Before I left the hospital, which was pretty late, I asked the doctor if I could have a note to sleep in. I was supposed to do the group dance rehearsal today, but I'm going back to bed and relax and hopefully take it easy today."
She's wise to take the rest when she can get it. Next week, she and partner Cody Linley will perform two dances. In addition to the group number, they've been tasked with performing a samba on Monday night's show.