In a Facebook post on Wednesday, comedian Sarah Silverman outlined a horrible condition that could have taken her life last week.
“I was in the ICU all of last week and I am insanely lucky to be alive,” Silverman said in the post. “Don’t even know why I went to the doctor, it was just a sore throat. But I had a freak case of epiglottitis.”
Epiglottitis is listed as a potentially fatal disease by the Mayo Clinic. It “occurs when the epiglottis — a small cartilage “lid” that covers your windpipe — swells, blocking the flow of air into your lungs.” Silverman could have suffocated to death without understanding what was happening to her.
Silverman thanked her doctors, nurses and the orderly at the hospital who cared for her. But it was her philosophical take on the events and life that prompted the normally funny woman to turn serious.
“There’s something that happens when three people you’re so close to die within a year and then YOU almost die but don’t,” she wrote. Silverman was the one that didn’t die. “It’s a strange dichotomy between, ‘Why me?’ and the other, ‘Why me?'”
She explained that they kept her pretty sedated and her blood pressure was so low that she was largely out of it. A breathing tube was in her throat for five days. “My friend Stephanie said I kept writing ‘was I in an accident?'”
Silverman said that she thanked everyone in the ICU for her life and went home to recover. “Then slowly as the opiates faded away, remembered the trauma of the surgery & spent the first two days home kind of free-falling from the meds / lack of meds and the paralyzing realization that nothing matters. Luckily that was followed by the motivating revelation that nothing matters.”
Read the full post from Silverman below: