I had my surgery on Tuesday, Jan. 6 and was not clear as to what I signed up for. The pain is really bad and although the painkillers work, they lose effect about 45 minutes before the next dose is due and there is little I can do about it. I was able to drink more liquids day 1 - 3, but am now having more difficulty. The humidifier has helped tremendously to keep my mouth moist while I sleep. I was hungry on days 1 - 3, but have lost interest in putting anything in my mouth since. In order to stay on top of the fluids I wait about 1/2 hour after the painkillers and then drink a bunch of water while my throat is numb. The earaches are quite a treat. Who knew that was going to be a side effect %-) Anyway, it is 3:34 a.m. and I have 56 minutes until my next dose ...