Carrie Underwood is on the road to recovery after suffering a scary accident in November that left her with more than 40 stitches in her face.
“There is also another part of the story that I haven’t been ready to talk about since I have still been living it and there has been much uncertainty as to how things will end up,” she wrote in a note to her fan club members. “It’s crazy how a freak random accident can change your life.”
She continued: “In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well. I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told [Underwood’s husband] Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in.”
Seven weeks after the accident, Underwood said that she’s on the mend but “not quite looking the same.”
However, several weeks earlier on Dec. 12, Below Deck alum Adrienne Gang posted a photo of herself posing with Underwood at the gym. After fans pointed out it was the first time Underwood had been photographed since her accident, Gang reassured them that she looked “amazing” and added that she had “no clue” Underwood was injured.
On Dec. 27, several days before revealing the extent of her injuries, Underwood posted a selfie to her Instagram account with her head wrapped in a knitted scarf to ward off the winter chill.
“When in 5 degree weather, wrap your @caliabycarrie scarf around your neck and face…you keep warm AND look like an awesome winter snow ninja! #WinWin #StayThePath#LetItSnow #BabyItsColdOutside,” she captioned the image.
The country music superstar’s toddler son Isaiah Michael and husband Mike Fisher joined her for a fun-filled workout in February.
“My boys make workouts fun,” she wrote on social media alongside snaps from their sweat session, before adding that they also made things “a bit less productive.”
“But that’s ok,” she added.
In early April, Underwood revealed that she was back at work with a candid studio snap shared to Instagram.
Forgoing a caption, the country star simply posted a black and white photo of herself gazing intently inside a recording facility. It was later revealed that she was hard at work on her upcoming album, Cry Pretty.
The singer shared a picture from a rehearsal, in which she’s clutching a microphone in front of her band. “Missed these guys. #bandrehearsals,” Underwood captioned the shot.
Two weeks later, the singer confirmed she would be performing at the ACM Awards with a photo of herself during rehearsals.
Hours after the country singer shared a behind-the-scenes photo from her rehearsal for the award show, she gave fans an even closer look at her healing face as she shared just how excited she was to be taking the stage on Sunday.
“Had a great rehearsal for the @acmawards ! Can’t wait until tomorrow night!” she wrote alongside the image.
In addition to being her first live performance since her accident, the ACMs marked her first public appearance since the CMA Awards last November — which Underwood cohosted with Brad Paisley and where she performed an in memoriam tribute to the victims of the 58 victims who were killed in the mass shooting at the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Moments later, the American Idol alum and Keith Urban returned to the stage to accept the award for vocal event of the year for their duet “The Fighter.”
“You just knocked it out of the park,” Urban told his collaborator.
“Thank you for having me,” Underwood told Urban through tears. “I’m still shaking right now. Thank you.”
Underwood clutching her ACM statue for vocal event of the year, shared with Keith Urban for their duet, “The Fighter.”
Underwood poses at the 2018 ACMs on April 15. Although she stole the show at the Las Vegas gala, a Nashville source told PEOPLE that the singer worried about the reaction she’d get.
“She ended up skipping the red carpet because she didn’t want to be bombarded with questions about the accident,” the insider said. “It’s the most shaken anyone has ever seen her … this whole ordeal. She was terrified of people seeing the scars.”
The source added, “Her hair and makeup team must’ve been under so much pressure.”
During an appearance on iHeartRadio’s The Bobby Bones Show on April 19, Underwood gave details of the accident, explaining that it happened when she went to take her dogs out for a quick walk at night.
“I was taking the dogs out to go pee one last time, and I just — I tripped,” she said. “There was one step, and I didn’t let go of the leashes! Priorities! So that’s why my left hand’s fine. But I went to catch myself and I just missed a step.”
“If I had fallen anywhere else, I would have been perfectly fine. But it was one step that messed everything up,” she added.
“I thought I just busted my lip,” she later told Storme Warren on SiriusXM’s The Highway channel Thursday morning in Nashville.
“Then I walked inside and took the dog leashes off and took my coat off and went to go survey the damage and was like, ‘Oh, no!’ I’m acting very calm about it now, but … it wasn’t pretty. I chipped my tooth but it was just my skin, thank the Lord. Stitches and all that stuff.”
The “Jesus Take the Wheel” singer said she was “very fortunate in the healing process,” though nervous that it wasn’t going to be that way.
“I was at a point where I didn’t know how things were going to end up,” she continued during her interview with Storme Warren on SiriusXM’s The Highway. “I didn’t know what was going to go on. I didn’t know what it was going to heal like. … You just don’t know how things are going to heal or end up.”
Recovery was tough, especially because Underwood is right-handed and had to adjust her handwriting.
“It set me back,” she said. “The most frustrating part was trying to work out with a broken wrist, and just how much it can throw off your world, having an appendage that is there, but you just can’t use it.”
While Underwood went dark on social media for a bit and has kept selfies and photos of herself to a minimum since the accident, she insists she wasn’t hiding.
“I mean, I don’t think I hide. There’s always stuff to do, even if it’s not necessarily playing shows. But, I don’t know. I’m kind of a homebody,” she said. “I was lucky that when it happened everything was shutting down in the music world — we had the holidays.”