Sarah Silverman Nearly Died From Epiglottitis

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Sarah Silverman nearly died

By Michael Lewittes

Sarah Silverman nearly died

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Sarah Silverman nearly died from epiglottitis last week. The actress and comedienne revealed her close encounter with death on Wednesday in a Facebook post that explained to family, friends, and fans why she recently disappeared. “I am insanely lucky to be alive,” Silverman wrote before thanking doctors and other medical personnel at Cedars-Sinai hospital in L.A.

She began her post, “This is me telling everyone in my life at once why I haven’t been around… I was in the ICU all of last week.” Silverman continued, “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.”

Basically, the epiglottis is the cartilage at the back of one’s tongue, which covers the trachea when one’s eating, so food doesn’t go down one’s windpipe. And epiglottitis is an inflammation of the epiglottis, which causes the area to swell and constrict air from easily getting into the lungs, which could result in death.

“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?'” the comedic actress wrote dead seriously. Silverman noted that during the operation, she had “no idea what was happening or where I was.” She added, “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.”

Silverman went on to state, “I’m so moved by my real-life hero, Michael [Sheen], and amazing Sissies (blood & otherwise) & friendos, who all coordinated so that there wasn’t a moment I was alone. It makes me cry. Which hurts my throat. So stop.” She then recounted, thanks to her friends telling her, some of the bizarre things she did while recovering from the procedure, including writing an “emergency” note to a nurse (because she couldn’t speak) that read, “Do you live with your mother?” alongside a drawing of a penis. Silverman also recalled that when the breathing tube was removed, she used a letter board to write out to everyone, “Did you see [the Sally Field move] ‘Hello My Name is Doris.'”

Thankfully, Silverman has found some levity in her near death experience. Gossip Cop would like to wish her a speedy recovery. And as soon as she’s 100 percent better, we can’t wait to hear what comes out of her mouth.

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