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Melody Thomas Scott

In a lengthy post on her Facebook page, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) shares the frightening details of exactly what happened that caused her to be hospitalized and miss some days at Y&R. "It started on Thursday,November 13,” she begins. "I had been sick with a sinus infection for a couple of weeks, which also included a hellish cough. I had already missed some work, which, in my business, you had better be half dead to call in sick. I was. At least I felt like I was. I had a constant fever, had no energy, was very pale and just couldn’t beat this thing.” Scott received antibiotics and steroids from a new doctor that caused a very severe reaction, which included hallucinations. "I have learned that one isn’t really aware that they are hallucinating while they are in the middle of an episode.” she writes. "It’s not until the fantasies are over that you realize what your mind has been up to. By the time you figure it out, it is such a terrifying realization, that you can’t seem to articulate it. Am I crazy? Am I dying? Why is this happening to me? The thought that it could be a reaction to the meds I was given hadn’t occurred to me yet…. Constantly freezing, I hid under blankets on the sofa, while trying to engage myself in the conversation or movie the family was watching. Remember, I was not aware at that time that I was hallucinating. I don’t know if this is typical, but I could never identify the hallucinations while I was having them. I had to wait until they were gone to realize that they had happened." The actress got progressively worse — "It got to the point where I literally couldn’t breathe and I truly thought I was going to die. Not being able to breathe will do that to you" — and her family took her to the ER. "I was tested for every brain disorder, stroke, seizure, MRI’s, CT scans, no expense spared, as the resulting bill verified…And every test came up normal,” she reports. After Scott left the hospital, she was still ailing, and looked into alternative medicine. With acupuncture, massage, herbs and a diet switch, she ultimately began to feel better. "The daily improvements are slight, but very welcome. This has turned out to be a long haul. Albeit, a very unexpected one. It’s still difficult for me to believe that this happened. How could it happen? … Right now I am just focusing all of my energy on being able to resume my life.”