hot dogs ( gross i know, but once you live off ice cream for four days, itll sound amazing,
burgers, soft breads NOT TOASTED, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, grits, eggs that are either boiled or scrambled, mac and cheese, spaghetti, althoguht with the spaghetti, you need to go very light on the sauce, becaus eits so acidic its going to burn like crazy if you dont, you should google some foods for post surgery, i found a bunch i didnt even think id be eating for a few weeks....god luck, and rememeber, it could have been worse.
so my suggestions for foods to keep on hand with you after surgery would have to be
mac and cheese
and orange otter pops
Now i'm eating choco pudding because the potatoes were'nt that filling. My nurses told me not to eat anything " crispy", for example potato chips, pizza, or anything that goes crunch is a no-no. i read somewhere on the web that very cold fluids ( besides carbonated beverages), popsicles, frozen fruit pops, and sorbet are great for pain & swelling, and some good soft foods are Mashed potatoes, pasta, cottage cheese (after the first 24 hours), and soup. try to stay away from tomato based soups or pasta sauces for they are acidic abd can burn . Things NOT to eat are spicy and acidic foods, hot foods, or hard foods that involve a lot of chewing. Dairy products can cause heavy mucus build up ( you may get this same warning if u have a cold or sinus problem) and are not good to eat a lot of during recovery becauseit makes swallowing a strenuous ordeal. Woo hoo go me, using big words. LOL. But anyways, i hope i have enlightened you in some things that have come straight from the horse's mouth. So don't worry i'm having to go through this too ya know, so don't be freaked out to ask you doctor or nurse if you need further instruction! Buh-bye & thanks for ur time.
I feel pretty good - eating properly keeps nausea at bay...but I keep up with the ice cubes (sucking on them constantly or drinking water) and pain meds EVERY four hours no matter what!
this is how my experience went:
day1 (operation day)-came out of surgery doped up and in a lot of pain. the nurses kept giving me pain meds and asking my pain level until my level came down to about a 4 and i went to sleep for a little before they brought me down to see my family.
later that night they had me drink a little water and relax and kept up on my pain meds which was a mix of lortab (vicodin and tylenol cocktail) and morphine when i was having really bad pain.
day 2-morning had some more water and a bite or 2 of jello and then was released. went to my ent to get the nasal splints removed. this was really uncomfortable but not really painful. went home and took pain meds religiously and drank what water i could get down.
day 3-the worst day for me. i continued to take my pain meds religiously and began feeling intense pain in my ears. they say that this is radiating from the pain in your throat. i used ice packs and left them on my ears and neck as long as i could becasue this was about the only thing that would help with the pain at all. that night i fell asleep for about 2 hours and woke up in excruciating pain trying to swollow and couldnt do anything but cry. At one point i almost choked on the mucus in my mouth...that's definitely a problem with this and it was sooo bad for me.
day 4-pretty much the same thing as day 3 same excruciating pain, no food, and religiously using ice packs and pain meds.
day 5- the only thing different today was that i could get down a piece of bread absolutely soaked in gravy....but it took forever and hurt like a b***h.
day 6-a tiny bit better on the pain and was able to get down some oatmeal and a scrambled egg with a lot of water and some force.
day 7-feeling a little better today. dont starting to take less and less pain meds and going for my check up. yes, doc says i have thrush from the antibiotics so i need to go to stop taking them and get some nystatin. let me tell you it is nasty but it doesn't feel bad going down.
day 8-finally got some sleep, woke up with a dry throat and pain so took only one tsp of lortab. had some jello and pudding...didnt really have much of an appetitie
day 9-feeling even better yet. able to eat a mac snack wrap from mcdonals. again it took awhile but totally worth it. the only time i took pain meds today was before i ate.
day 10-had 2 eggs for lunch and a few pierogies for dinner. please keep in mind that i cut these things into tiny pieces and make sure to chew them completely.
day 11-feeling even better yet. i think i slept like 7 hours last night and i didnt wake up with anything other than a scratchy sore throat. today i had a mashed potato bowl from kfc but couldnt really eat the chicken. im starting to think the worst of it is finally over and im looking forward to being able to eat a complete meal!
a few things that i think you should know:
-yes you can have cough drops and chloreseptic but they prefer that you don't eat anything red because you might spit up some mucus and mistake it for blood.
-try to stay away from dairy products because they produce mucus and it makes it really hard to swollow...trust me it's not worth it
-use an ice pack as soon as you start feeling pain in your ears, its the only thing that helps!
-take your pain meds on time. i can't stress that enough. you don't wanna feel what it's like to be late on a dose, the pain is bad enough with the meds you dont wanna feel what its like without.
-drink as much water as you can tolerate. you do not wanna be dehydrated.
-sleep with your head elevated
I will tell you this is no walk in the park. it is absolutely excruciating and yes there will be people that say that you are overreacting and that when they went through it (when they were 5) it was nothing and they were back to the daily grind in a few days. just do what you can handle and nothing more!
if anyone has any questions feel free to email me!
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day 7 today and i can finally cope witht he pain not needing painkillers. i am still unable to eat solid foods. my local dr said it sue to my excessive swellign in throat that is causin the food to not want to go do. altho i am trying, puree-ing foodlike vegie chicken4 pasta salad. i stonlgy agre with not eating iccreas and milkshakes to much mucas forms afterwards.
ice block and cold pack onthe neck helpes and i was told to take 2 weeks of work. good luck to anyone else out there that will have to go theough the same pain,its hard for people to understand the pain and frustration you will go through as an adult if thay haven been through it them selves
Had surgery the 18th of November (10 days into recover, not counting the day of the surgery).
Eating has been a major pain! For the past 10 days I've been living off of jello, pudding, boost
protein drinks (the mix--only 3 tsp with milk), tons of medication (hydrocodone, and tylenol extra
strength for adults which helps a lot), and what in spanish is called atole de maizena.
Unfortunately, I cannot eat scrambled eggs, soft meats or fish, mac and cheese, or EVEN
mashed potatoes. mashed potatoes are terribly painful for me to swallow, they irritate my wounds
Day 1: After I was taken out of where I had surgery, I immediately arose! As if the anesthesia was
not enough and felt very nauseous. The nurse put some sort of ointment of my arm which caused
me to vomit blood (a surprise to me).
Had to go to the ER that night, I was dehydrated and it hurt too much to swallow.
Alongside the tonsillectomy I also had my septum corrected (I had tubes in my nose the first day)
which caused my eyes to bleed and anything I'd swallow would come right back out.
I was still a little numb from the anesthesia.
Day 2-4: Most pain. The pain was insanely terrible! I couldn't sleep. All I did was cry and scream my
lungs out, moaning in pain. The meds were not enough. I look insane rocking my body back and forth
in pain with my hands to my ears, IN PAIN! Ice packs weren't very helpful either. Continued to forcefully
eat the same foods, above mentioned.
Day 5-7: Irrate from the pain and frustration, still eating some of the same foods. The scabs aren't even
visible due to the mucus in the back of my throat. Overall, the mucus didn't present itself as a problem to me;
it only caused a funny taste that was tolerable.
Day 8: My ent mentioned day 10 would be the day with the least pain, day 8-9 being the peak of pain.
Had horrendous pain and was very depressed because I didn't get to eat turkey or mashed potatoes for
Day 9: Pain is noticeably less. I had a Hershey's pie from Burger King and Mocha Latte from Jack in the Box.
The cold helped tons and plus the addition of calories made me a little jolly and felt much better.
Day 10: Today I'm feeling much better and finally see some of the scabs. The mucus is becoming less.
I got to eat a tiny bit of meat this morning but it left my throat a bit irritated and sore which is not recommended
even at day 10, I'd say.
I'm still drinking plenty of fluids and resting plenty. I marry in 5 days and hope to be much better by the date to
be able to eat well and be at peace with my poor throat.
Good luck to anyone getting this done.
•jello (though you tend to get sick of it quick)
•soup (Luke warm)
•ice-cream (but if you already have mucous I DO NOT suggest this)
•scrambled eggs (though I found they left a bad aftertaste)
Hope this helps!