Today host Meredith Vieira went on air this morning sporting super-sized sunglasses. When co-host Hoda Kotb asked her to explain her fashion statement, Vieira took them off and showed a shiner on her right eye. But it's not from anything particularly dangerous or exciting — just an attempt to answer nature's late-night call.
"I had to go to the bathroom, and I didn't put the light on," she explained. "To go to the bathroom, you go through a little dressing room." She had just gotten back from a long trip, she said, and had left her suitcase on the floor of the dressing room.
"The suitcase is black, and the room is black. It's dark," Vieira continued. "And so I go to the bathroom, and I forget the suitcase is there, and I fell over the suitcase, and I hit my head on the rim of the dressing room table."
This wasn't her first bathroom-related accident either: Right before the Sochi Winter Olympics last year, she fell in the toilet and hurt her back (and very likely her pride). When she went for a CAT scan this time around, her doctor joked that they'd amazingly found a brain in there. Thanks, and tip your waitstaff!
Her husband Richard Cohen wrote up the incident on his blog:
"I am the one in my house who has multiple sclerosis. I am the only one who is legally blind. I have limited depth perception and glance off doorways if I am not careful - and I am very cautious - because my lateral perception also is deficient. Yet I survive because I have learned self-preservation," he wrote. "I am married to a woman who has not. Meredith is a klutz, like a drunken sailor on a bender who collides with stationary objects and is a danger to herself. Last night, while paying a visit to the bathroom, Meredith fell over a suitcase, slamming her head against a dressing table as she plummeted south. The dog was so embarrassed for her he did not even bark."
Watch Vieira explain it: