Sarah Silverman is counting her blessings following a medical emergency, saying that she’s “insanely lucky to be alive” after spending a week in the intensive care unit.
The comedian took to Facebook on Wednesday to give people an update on her recent whereabouts, and it wasn’t a pretty situation.
“I was in the ICU all of last week and I am insanely lucky to be alive. Don’t even know why I went to the doctor, it was just a sore throat. But I had a freak case of epiglottitis,” Silverman wrote, referring to a potentially life-threatening condition in which the epiglottis (at the base of the tongue) swells, preventing air from entering one’s lungs.
The “Jesus Is Magic” star recalled that, because of her low blood pressure, she 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.”
Silverman added, “When I woke up five 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.”
The funnywoman’s account of her near-death experience wasn’t completely harrowing, however. The comedian recalled being told how, in an out-of-it state, she stopped a nurse “like it was an emergency” and furiously wrote her a note.
“When she looked at it, it just said, ‘Do you live with your mother?’ next to a drawing of a penis,” Silverman recalled.
Read her full account below.