Sarah Silverman: I Almost Died Last Week

Sarah Silverman revealed in a Facebook post on July 6, 2016 that she almost died last week following a "freak case of epiglottitis."

"I was in the ICU all of last week and I am insanely lucky to be alive," she said. "Don't even know why I went to the doctor, it was just a sore throat. But I had a freak case of epiglottitis."

According to the Mayo Clinic, "epiglottitis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the epiglottis—a small cartilage 'lid' that covers your windpipe—swells, blocking the flow of air into your lungs."

In light of her health scare, Silverman expressed thanks to her doctors at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, whose "punch-the-clock jobs happen to save human lives on the regular."

"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.)," she wrote. "It's a strange dichotomy between, 'Why me?' and the other, 'Why me?'"

Silverman said she remembered nothing after she woke up five days later and her meds wore off. "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," she wrote. "Luckily that was followed by the motivating revelation that nothing matters. I'm so moved by my real-life hero, [boyfriend] 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."

Although her stay in the hospital was filled with tense moments, Silverman managed to keep her signature humor going. "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," she wrote. "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?'"