Whew, that sounds SCARY.
On Wednesday, Sarah Silverman revealed that she’s been “off the grid” recently because she was in the hospital battling a dangerous case of epiglottitis.
The comedian took to Facebook to reveal she was at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center thinking she only had a sore throat, when in actuality she had to be immediately treated for a condition that made her epiglottis swell and block the flow of air through her windpipe.
The Wreck-It Ralph alum thanked the medical professionals who treated her, and opened up about the near-death experience, saying:
“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?'”
She also recounted her time at Cedars, saying:
“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?'”
And then she went home and things normalized…kinda.
“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.”
And it wouldn’t be a Sarah Silverman post without some observational humor:
“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.
Also, when I first woke up and the breathing tube came out, I still couldn’t talk and they gave me a board of letters to communicate. My loved ones stood there, so curious what was going to be the first thing I had to say. They followed my finger, rapt, as I pointed from letter to letter until I finally spelled out, ‘Did you see Hello My Name is Doris.'”
Lol. Also, good thing she’s okay. GEEZ! Take care of yourself, lady!