Comedian Sarah Silverman revealed she suffered a life-threatening freak illness last week in Los Angeles.
In a lengthy and honest Facebook post written Wednesday (July 6, 2016), Silverman explained she developed a “freak case of epiglottitis,” expressing her gratitude to the doctors at the Intensive Care Unit at Cedars who saved her life.
“I was in the ICU all of last week and I am insanely lucky to be alive,” she wrote. “Don’t even know why I went to the doctor, it was just a sore throat. But I had a freak case of epiglottitis.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, epiglottitis is “a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the epiglottis — a small cartilage ‘lid’ that covers your windpipe — swells, blocking the flow of air into your lungs.”
Silverman also explained how scary the situation was during recovery:
“They couldn’t put me fully to sleep for the recovery process because my blood pressure’s too low. I was drugged just enough to not feel the pain and have no idea what was happening or where I was. They had to have my hands restrained to keep me from pulling out my breathing tube. My friend Stephanie said I kept writing ‘was I in an accident?'”
She woke up 5 days later, not remembering anything. Her Facebook note also contained some lightheartedness and dark comedy, as one could expect from her. She shared one funny story that happened while she was heavily medicated:
“I couldn’t speak for a while and I don’t remember a lot of my “lucid” time, but Amy (the Zvi) told me I stopped a nurse – like it was an emergency – furiously wrote down a note and gave it to her. When she looked at it, it just said, “Do you live with your mother?” next to a drawing of a penis.”
Read her message in its entirety here.