I'm 19 and had my tonsils out yesterday. The process hasn't been too painful. Make sure to drink lots of water, powerade, gatorade, etc.! All I've eaten is jello and some pudding. Don't drink anything hot, only warm soup or broth. The doctors all told me to try to swallow as often as possible, it helps with the healing process. So even though it hurts, keep swallowing. The second recovery day is supposed to be the worst to just try to get through it and then it's downhill from there! Good luck!