Well, this is serious. On Wednesday, comedian Sarah Silverman took to Facebook to update her fans with some news that totally shocked us: she spent all of last week in the ICU due to a life-threatening condition called epiglottitis. It was a freak condition that she’s luckily recovered from, but we’re still shaken that one of our favorite funny women went through such an incredibly intense experience.
Epiglottitis is a potentially-deadly condition where cartilage at the back of your tongue becomes inflamed, blocking the windpipe and requiring immediate medical attention — which is what makes all of this so crazy. Sarah writes in the post that she’s not even sure why she went to the doctor since all she felt was a sore throat, but we’re so thankful she did.
The comedian writes that she woke up in the ICU, where they fixed the condition, five days later and didn’t remember anything.
“My friend Stephanie said I kept writing ‘was I in an accident?'” she explains, later thanking Stephanie, and everyone else, for sticking by her side during the process.
“I’m so moved by my real-life hero, Michael, 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.”
We love that even after such a traumatic time, Sarah has kept her sense of humor. In fact, at the end of the post, she relayed some funny stories from her time in the hospital when she was still on drugs and couldn’t remember anything, like when she frantically called over a nurse so she could write her a note that said, “Do you live with your mother?” next to a drawing of a penis.
We’re grateful that Sarah Silverman is on the road to recovery and that she was so ably cared for by the hospital staff and her friends during a scary time. Get well soon!