LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Comedian and actress Sarah Silverman says she’s “insanely lucky to be alive” after suffering an severe attack of epiglottitis.
“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 on Facebook after spending a five day stint in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
The epiglottis is a small flap at the base of the tongue that prevents food or liquids from entering the windpipe. Silverman's condition, epiglottitis, saw her epiglottis swell, almost entirely blocking her airway.
Silverman, 45, said that the condition left her half-conscious for most of the five day recovery.
“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.” – Staff Writers