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I am 37 year old female on my 9th day post op that read probably way too many other people's posts on how their surgeries went and what was going to happen because I went wayyyy overboard on somethings like buy and on others I didn't give a second thought too. On my 8th day post op and my ear pain has FINALLY subsided. That I was not expecting to be such a driving force in this surgery. My ears were my nemesis. For that you need an ice collar or ice bag you can get at the pharmacy. They are wonderful and you can wrap them around your neck. Another thing to get or borrow if you can is a humidifier. They help to keep moisture in the air which is nice for us that have scabs and extremely dry mouths. Especially at night when you sleep, when I would wake up in the motning without it my throat was very dry and cracked. I got the humidifier on the 3rd day I think it had been so helpful not a dry morning since. I made the mistake of on my 3rd day thinking I felt better and actually ate some matzo ball soup and talked to my parents for about an hour. The next day I was throat punished, no voice, and back to no swallowing.. They want you to eat to excellerate the healing process. Such c**p, the only thing I have been able to get down has been buttery mashed potatoes, or jello which I hate . Everyone is different here though on what they can tolerate. With no swallowing even water was so hard to do, and I love water I drink a ton of it on a normal everyday basis. I wanted to drink it. One think that I didn't really read to much about that I wanted to warn you all about it the prescription medicine may make you constipated. Now I regularly take prescription meds on a daily basis even one that is constipating so I didn't really think too much about it. But after the 7 th day of no stool I started thinking, hmm maybe they were right. So I took a stool softener hoping for the best, what I got was the way worst. Now I will spare you with the details, but it was not my best hour and half spent. I never thought it was going to end. Just let me implore you PLEASE do not let it go that long, take care of it before then. 9th day post op today I got down a banana, some watermelon, applesauce, and a hawaiian roll. Yay!!! My goal was to figure out what fruit wasn't acidy because I am craving fruit so badly. My other idea was a mango but haven't tryed it yet. A friend of mine only ate baby food. I actually tried the bananas but they really hurt my throat. Maybe they won't for one of you. *Okay next topic, gum was my friend it kept my jaw moving and kept saliva in there. * spray, love it. Spray it on effected areas for numbing during medicine down times. *Popsicles were great, hated the ice cream. Too much mucus from the dairy. My son didn't like that I ate all his Popsicles :) ***I kept a trash can with a liner in it (for spitting in) for the first couple of days next to the bed. You will have an excess of saliva and are NOT going to want to keep getting out of bed to spit it out I guarantee it. It's there in case you get sick too. *I also showered a lot too and washed my sheets. It makes you feel better when you are in a clean environment. See if someone can help you with this if you need help. I also have had nurses from my hospital call me about 4 times to see how I'm doing. Which is fine but my scans still have not come off. So I guess that is the last thing I am waiting for.

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