Comedian Sarah Silverman has revealed she nearly died last week.
She shared the news in a candid Facebook post explaining why she hasn’t been around.
“I was in the ICU all of last week and I am insanely lucky to be alive,” her post began. “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 a piece of small cartilage that covers the windpipe swells up, blocking the flow of air into the lungs.
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Silverman, 45, explained that her recollections of most of the time she spent in the hospital are hazy at best.
“They couldn’t put me fully to sleep for the recovery process because my blood pressure’s too low,” she wrote.
“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 said.
When she came to she says she couldn’t remember anything. “When I woke up 5 days later I didn’t remember anything,” Silverman explained.
“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 and spent the first two days home kind of free-falling from the meds/lack of meds and the paralysing realisation that nothing matters. Luckily that was followed by the motivating revelation that nothing matters.”
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