Sarah Silverman opened up on Facebook today about a recent medical emergency that left her feeling “insanely lucky to be alive.”
The Emmy-award winning actress/comedian revealed on the social media service that a visit to the doctor for what she considered to be a minor ailment turned out to be something much more serious.
“I was in the ICU all of last week and I am insanely lucky to be alive,” shared Silverman. “Don’t even know why I went to the doctor, it was just a sore throat. But I had a freak case of epiglottitis.”
That case of epiglottitis (a disease that causes inflammation of the epiglottis and blocks airflow) resulted in medical professionals leaping into action. Silverman heaped an enormous amount of praise and gratitude upon those that aided her during this medical emergency. She was also extremely candid about what she experienced during this harrowing ordeal.
I owe my life to Dr. Shawn Nasseri, Dr. Robert Naruse, Dr. Rob Huizenga, every nurse, and every technician & orderly at Cedars who’s punch-the-clock jobs happen to save human lives on the regular.
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. (That was me. I’m the one that didn’t die.) It’s a strange dichotomy between, “Why me?” and the other, “Why me?”
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?”
When I woke up 5 days later I didn’t remember anything. I thanked everyone at the ICU for my life, went home, and 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.
You can read Sarah Silverman’s full Facebook post located at the top of the page.