I had my operation on the 9th, it is now the 14th and I am eating a burger and fries from McDonald's as I type this.. I did lots of research before my op and I found that the British way of healing was the route id take. I was told to eat ice chips, Popsicles, I've cream etc. which I did until about the 3rd day. I started to eat NORMAL food which is what I think helped me. I have minor pain but nothing major, just kind of annoying...like a sore throat. I also have cotton balls in my ear to keep my throat moist and my ears from hurting, which they do in the mornings but I just slowly eat a Popsicle and I'm fine again. I also stopped taking the liquid hydrocodone because it made me feel horrible. I just take Advil pills every 3 1/2 hours and I'm fine...