getting over a tonsillectomy
Having a tonsillectomy is a very painful and a tough procedure to go through.
as a young child they say the procedure is a lot safer and the kids are up and bouncing around in 2-3 days.
as an adult the pain and the healing is a lot longer, and to my experience as an adult the agony, and the pain and the healing is brutal.
the first day you are awake immediately after the procedure, and at home in about 1-2 hours post op. But then you are a healing process that can take weeks, so far this is my 3rd week and i am still not fully recovered, and my taste buds are completely gone right now and have so far lost about 15-19 lbs.
the medication that you can take, they don't relieve the pain in your throat, they only take the edge off. The medication was , a patch of morphine, lidocaine for the throat, and maybe hydrocodone, and roxicet to take all by mouth except for the morphine patch. The roxicet by mouth was a pain relieve for the tonsils, but did not last long.
today Icecream is not a life safer, it is too cold for the throat, and popsicles too cold, icecream also makes to much mucous in the mouth. the only thing to get down a few days later is jello with whip cream, it slides down, make a ton of it. i have eaten only jello for 3 wks. i can finally get some things down, but they still have no taste. I am still fighting the aching sore throat thru the day and night. Your mouth gets a lot drier, your ears hurt extremely bad, and to oder is horrible at times. The scabs do come off eventually and hopefully spit them out, or down the stomach they go. Making your stomach upset even more, not only from the medication but from the scabs that can go down with the bacteria.
On top of the complications, 1 in every 3 people they say, a blood clot can form and pop and you bleed from the throat with a lot of blood clots, and is extremely scarry. This happened to me, and i was totally frightened out of my mind. I ended up in the hospital for 4 hours, to make sure it was going to stop, which the cold ice and morphine for the pain thru iv help. Luckly i was not back up on the table for the tonsil to be corterized again.
so believe me, before you are considering a tonsillectomy, make sure there is nothing else to be done for you, instead of going thru the pain and agony.
Not only after and during recovery, you start to feel a lone and your the only one to help you with this. My daughter and i went thru this together, so we had each other to lean on, but we both have been going thru weeks of pain. I only hope that there are no more complications with my throat. Other wise i would ask my physician for any other type of treatment.
warm tea and warm choc milk with whip cream is a life safer a few wks after the tonsillectomy,, and if you are in any cold air, make sure you were a scarf over the ears and around the throat until it is completely healed. try to stay away from any one sick. you definetly dont want to get sick on top of it. Because believe me, coughing, sneezing and a runny nose are out of the questions. You already have a lot of suliva to deal with and a film over the tongue and throat until all is completely healed up.
but if you decide to do this, looked into healing procedures naturally that can heal you quickly,remember nothing down the throat for weeks, slow drinking warm fluids, nothing freezing cold, nothing extremly hot... soft foods, and clear liquids, soups will be very helpful when you can tolerate anything going down...