Comedian Sarah Silverman said she is “insanely lucky to be alive,” after she mistook a case of epiglottitis for a harmless sore throat.
“Don't even know why I went to the doctor, it was just a sore throat,” said Silverman, according to MailOnline. “But I had a freak case of epiglottitis.'
An inflamed epiglottis, the base of your tongue that prevents food from falling down your windpipe, is considered a medical emergency because swelling can extend to your windpipe and cut off air. When that occurs you have the potential to die within minutes. Sometimes those afflicted with epiglottitis may have to have an intubation tube inserted down one’s throat to ensure a clear passageway for air during recovery. This terrified the 45-year-old
“'They couldn't put me fully to sleep for the recovery process because my blood pressure's too low,” she said.
“I was drugged just enough to not feel the pain and have no idea what was happening or where I was.”
Silverman, who is known for her edgy and raunchy comedic style, said her brush with allowed to come to the realization that “nothing matters.”
In a Facebook post, Silverman expressed her gratitude for her boyfriend, sister and all of the doctors, nurses and technicians who aided her in her recovery. Though doesn’t remember much about being in the hospital, as she was given medication, a friend told her that she went out of her way to stop a nurse with some urgency, scribbled a note and passed it to the nurse.
“When she looked at it, it just said, ‘Do you live with your mother?’ next to a drawing of a penis,” Silverman explained.