Comedian Sarah Silverman went to the doctor last week for a sore throat, only to find out she had a life-threatening bacterial infection.
Silverman shared her experience on Facebook, revealing she was admitted to the ICU with a “freak case of epiglottitis.”
“I was drugged just enough to not feel the pain and have no idea what was happening or where I was,” she said. “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?’”
Sarah continued, “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.”
She also recalled the funny moments along the way, sharing her first words after she woke up. “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.'"
Read her full Facebook post here.