When I woke up from surgery all I could do was cry because the pain was so insane!
I am on day 3 after my tonsillectomy, upppp, and uvula reduced for sleep apnea. I can honestly say and without a doubt this has to be the most painful thing I've ever had to endure. Swallowing just saliva is about as much pain than I can barely stand without crying! I would never, ever advocate this surgery to anyone now. Knowing how painful it is. I am just praying that it starts to get better, sooner than later.
Day 1 I had issues even swallowing at all. It would go down the wrong tube or up my nose.
Currently I am trying to drink ice water, protein shakes, and buttery pasta to aid it sliding down my throat. Otherwise, all I am doing is resting as much as possible. Trying not to think about rather being dead... Sorry but that's the truth! This surgery EFIN HURTS! And no it doesn't seem to get much better over time.
ice water, whey protein (no sugar, chocolate made with water)
heat humidifier in my bedroom
soft pasta 1 cup or so at a time with butter (fats/proteins help you heal)
jello feels almost good, if not chewed up to liquefy, probably because jello has a fair share of sodium in it
decongestants for my nose so that I dont sleep with my mouth wide open (musinex D once in the AM only)
sitting practically straight up in bed while I sleep or my throat gets super swollen
and IBP's every 6-8 hours
Things I'll have to try: Gargle salt water
Things that don't work: Ice cream or any dairy (tastes great but leaves too much mucus afterward)
I'm sorry I sound so negative. I am just in so much pain, and so totally wish it would stop. My ears and head also are in a lot of pain. All of which is to be expected.
My primary focus has been to not only eat things that feel good (super cold, etc) but to constantly ask myself if the foods or liquids i'm consuming promote healing. I own a juicer and have been juicing a combination of spinach/celery/cucumber/apples, and then putting into a blender with ice, and adding hemp protein powder. Not only does it feel amazing, but it gives me nutrients that I otherwise wouldn't be able to consume (celery after a tonsillectomy? yikes). One tip would be that if you're not familiar with juicing, to buy one a week in advance so that your stomach can get used to the dense nutrients. Some people report slight nausea when they first start juicing, and the last thing you want to do after a tonsillectomy is induce nausea.
I've been eating a lot of popsicles. They're non-dairy and low in sugar. I got a Jugo Juice smoothie immediately post surgery that had yogourt in it. BIG NO. So much phlegm. Clearing your throat, or even spitting and swallowing are really difficult, so if dairy gives you this type of reaction, there are SO many other options.
For soup, I've been cooking quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) in a rice cooker (great rice alternative, way higher in protein) and mixing it with low sodium organic chicken broth. Once that started to get a little boring, I've been adding humous to that for flavour and protein. Last night, I even went to a local restaurant and had some chicken Pho.
Water, water, water!! My doctor gave great advice regarding this - She said that even if it's painful, the motion of swallowing will actually speed up healing. This may be the painkillers talking, but if you're really having a heck of a time swallowing in the beginning, come up with something that you say to yourself in your head that helps you stay focused. For me i would just think the words "I'm in control, I'm in control, I'm in control" as I was swallowing the liquid - it took away the fear of choking, and gave me something else to focus on.
Get a humidifier. I've found that my mornings have not been too terrible. They're definitely the worst part of the day so far, but if you have a humidifier beside your bed, and a glass of water with pain meds nearby, you're good to go.
I hope that this helps anyone having a rough time with surgery so far. Don't be afraid to reach out to friends to borrow some of these different appliances - I didn't even own a blender or a humidifier, but was lucky to have some friends that did. I already owned a juicer, but I would definitely ask friends if you can borrow theirs! A lot of people buy them with the intention of using them every day, but then they end up collecting dust in their pantry. On the topic of juicing, avoid citrus, and stick to veggies if you can. I predict it'll knock several days off of recovery!
I'll post again as the days progress. Best of luck to everyone.
When are the scabs supposed to come off?
am supposed to be moving on sat. (my 10th day of recovery) I have people who will lift the really heavy stuff but it is still going to require some work on my end. Will I be okay to do this?
Is eating toast to promote the scabs coming off really a good idea?
Thanks everyone! I hope yall all have a fast and uneventful recovery!
For me, day one was completely unbearable and the painkillers they gave me at the hospital didn't seem to do justice, nor has the numbing agent my doctor put in my throat after the surgery. On the first day, I stuck to water and I had chocolate almond milk (it is dairy free) to give me protein so I could take my painkiller.
Day two was worse than day 1, I woke up feeling horribly nauseous and ended up throwing up everything, quickly learning my painkiller did not work for me. We called me doctor and he referred me to the ER where I was hooked up to an IV which gave me fluids, morphine, anti-nausea, and an antibiotic. I felt significantly better when I got home from the hospital and I have felt a bit better since.
Today was day 3. I felt a lot better today, but the ear pain is horrendous. I have eaten cream of wheat, a slushie, and sherbert, but it's horrible seeing my family eat such great food because all I want is a real meal! I have tried to keep up with my water intake, but I aovid swallowing so much that I don't think I'm doing as well as I should be.
I am anticipating the next 2 or 3 days to be even worse and I am so eager to get this over with!
However, I still cannot talk at all no matter how hard I try, has anyone experienced this? When will I regain my ability to speak?
I am going to try gargling with salt water tomorrow, as the phlegm and mucous in my throat have been quite a nuisance during my recovery.
I will post again once I am fully recovered, I am hoping that is soon!!
-How can you tell if the scabs are coming off (Every piece of information I got at my doctor's office was geared towards children so obviously it wasn't helpful at all)
-Any tips for preventing sleeping with your mouth open?
My doctor recommended 7-10 days for recovery, but I am wondering how long it takes most adults to be able to talk without too much complication?
I am a sales manager for a very large area with several hundred customers, I talk to people on the phone and visit customers all day long... I'm going to be doing some light work via email from my home office (emergencies only) but I wondered how long it takes most people to return to normal speech, and how long until you can talk without too much pain? I'm definitely turning off and forwarding my phone for the first few days, but talking is a big part of my job, and most people know salesmen talk a lot... ;-)
Could anyone provide some insight?
It's interesting to see how everyone's recovery is so different!
To begin with, I was lucky enough not to be nervous at all before the operation but one thing that doctors really insisted on ...that not many people have mentioned... is to eat regularly!!
Now is day 5 for me and yesterday was very painful, not so much the first 3, and even though it was very hard to swallow I forced myself to eat a toast and cereals and it did work. It felt awful at the beginning but such a relieve afterwards. All doctors insisted that the muscles in the throat need to be excercised regularly so you need to eat at regular intervals, this will speed up recovery and will avoid ifection. Not eating foods that are easy to swallow but the oppoisite!
Also, I never stop drinking! specially if you eat diary, you need to drink lots of fluids to wash the bacteria and mouthwash without alcohol helps too.
So far, so good. Pain gets worse at times but it is manageable and I insist...eat...eat...eat...things that are hard to swallow!
Also, if it hurts when you try to speak, then don't..they recommend to rest your voice for 2 or 3 days if this happens.
Again, I consider myself very lucky as it hasn't been as bad the things I've read in the forum and I'm so glad I didn't read anything at all before the op! :-) just followed my doctor's advice..and realx whenever you can...keep yourself busy...watch a movie or online scrabble works for me ;-)
Hope it helps :-)
Worryingly, the surgeon seems to have left a little bit of tonsil on the right side. Well im not going through this again so if I get tonsillitis I will be VERY unhappy!!
To be honest, it was such a botch operation. My pulse was 110 and the nurse didnt seem to think this mattered, even though if its over 100 they are meant to run an ecg.Im needle phobic, and yet they sent a medical student to do my canular.The surgeon didnt even check my throat before I left, didnt talk to me, I had so many questions and when I tried to speak to the nurse she just said she didnt know anything about tonsillectomys!!If your from England my advice would be, avoid the NHS. Go private if you can!!