Tonsillectomy Day 6 -Scabs Bleeding?

Tonsillectomy Recovery Day by Day

Day 6

A collection of various experiences of adult tonsillectomy patients on their sixth day of recovery

From thousands of post comments to the forum I have assembled a sampling of various accounts and impressions of tonsillectomy recovery for each day. Below I share comments about tonsillectomy day 6. These comments are taken from tonsillectomy patients who were kind enough to share their experiences to help others as they navigate the bumpy road of tonsillectomy recovery.

Tonsillectomy Day 6 Scabs bleeding! : I can only eat popsicles.  That is all.

Tonsillectomy Day 6 : At 5:30am, I started to panic because I coughed a lot and when I spit up some saliva in a tissue (which I have a habit of doing to see if there is any blood); I saw a slight hue of red. RED=BLOOD! So, of course I got nervous. After drinking some water, I tasted some blood but I didn’t see anymore and I was able to swallow with a bit more ease. It wasn’t the full scab that came off, but a piece of the scab on the right side. When I woke up, I drank water and felt a burst of pain in my ear and stinging in my throat for a couple minutes. When I brushed my teeth this morning, there was a little more blood when I spit into the sink, so I’m assuming I lost a little more of the scab. I’ve been sucking on ice chips the past few days and it really feels nice on my throat. I ate applesauce and soup today with a little ease. I’ve notice my ears get worse when I eat. I was craving pizza tonight and it was sitting on the counter (my family had it for dinner), so, I decided to be a champ and try it. I was able to eat all of the toppings off of a slice of pizza minus the spicy pepperoni. Let me tell you, it was a blessing! I tried gargling with cold water and even though I refuse to look at my throat, I can tell that it feel fresher and cleaner. Good news – I was able to swallow the amoxicillin today; it feels awesome because if I had to eat another cup of jell-o and medication, I’d die! Fifth day post-op and I actually stepped foot out of my house today. Since we have a huge snow storm, I had to make sure I was fully covered. Nevertheless, even though I only sat in the car, it felt good – it was progress! I was told that taking a warm shower before bed will help moisten my throat and potentially prevent coughing at night, so I tried it.

Tonsillectomy Recovery Day 6 scabs bleeding
Tonsillectomy Day 6 scabs Healing

Tonsillectomy Day 6 : Day 6 and the pain is just about the same as yesterday, but that relentless ache is exhausting. I know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel (and it’s not a train) but when I am tired and weak and freaking out because my Mom went home and my husband decided to sleep in this morning leaving me to take care of my nearly 7 year old son…. Well, I got a little teary.
My husband took a gander at my throat today and declared it “gross, but healing.

Tonsillectomy Day 6 : Day 6 = Ouch

Tonsillectomy Day 6 : day 6 here and I have to say, it definitely has been the hardest two days so far.  I am spent and am sick of not eating the way i want to.  I have been sticking to cold drinks and liquid meals.  Spoke with my PA today and she said to do my best to keep the scabs on for a minimum 10days by drinking tons of liquids.  The longer they stay on, the better the new skin underneath will be…so I am doing all I can to keep these puppies attached.  I have given up on eating anything warm or slightly solid,I just want this over with!!

Tonsillectomy Day 6 : Yeah, so I slept for about 12 hours. But now I think sleeping that long was the worst idea ever! My hot pot ran out of water and I wasn’t sipping on water for those 12 hours. I just drank a smoothie mix every 4 hours to take my meds. I woke up with about 8/10 pain, tried to get up and passed out in the hallway. Oh Joy! My ears are killing me!

Tonsillectomy Day 6 : Side note, i have lost like 12 lbs. Probably not healthily as all i have consumed it water, gatorade, jello and apple sauce. Those products are not known for their nutritional content. I have made two healthy juice drinks using my juicer, but don’t think that compensates for the lack of nutrients for the last week.

Tonsillectomy Day 6 : The pain is rather terrible today, it was much worse last night.
At about 3am i woke up with pain, it was as if someone was stabbing my throat with a needle or pin
and i woke up this morning with blood in my mouth. Not a lot but it still scared me! I rinsed my mouth with ice water and sucked a piece of ice and it stopped.

Tonsillectomy Day 6 : Day 6- good morning, post op app’t- stints in nose removed, I can BREATHE again 🙂 went shopping at the mall for a few hours after- got home exhausted & later in pain ;(

Tonsillectomy Day 6 : Recovery Day 6 (post-op day 7):
Another day filled with pain. Was able to drink an ensure today but did not eat much. Was able to eat some popsicles. During the evening time had horrible pain shooting from the right side of my throat and it felt like a burning feeling when I would drink anything almost as if I was drinking acid even when I drank water. Had to take a bit more Lortab to curve the pain. Looked at my throat with a flashlight for the first time since the surgery and it looked like a battle zone in there. Lots of white coating all over the tonsil beds and my uvula is still swollen very large and kind of sticking to one of the sides of my throat. Could see the white scabs as well.

Tonsillectomy Day 6 : Day 6: I cried over applesauce and pudding. It hurts to swallow, I can’t yawn and just try to blow your nose without wanting to fall over and die. This pain is ridiculous. I woke up in the middle of the night with a dry throat and more pain than I could imagine so I dragged myself downstairs and forced down some pain meds to help me take the pain.

Tonsillectomy Day 6 :day 6 of my recovery and in the worst pain ever. I thought I was on the mend, only having pain on the one side but then I started to cough, and it kept me up all of last night and all of that white membrane over the surgery site is starting to come off as well as some of the scabs… is that normal? I am very scared that with my coughing it’s going to cause issues that will result in another surgery.

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521 thoughts on “Tonsillectomy Day 6 -Scabs Bleeding?

  1. Has anyone else had pain when eating or drinking anything cold on day 6? The cold seems to be hurting not helping my throat.

    1. Hi Jax, I had my tonsillectomy on 09/05/2018. There were and are periods when I cant tolerate cold and then I change to something a little warmer like tea. When I’m sucking on Ice chips and have an ice pack under my chin I have a heat pack around the back of my neck that I also use on my ears when they start aching (my ears ache as soon as I put cold on/in my throat). You’ve probably just had your dosage of cold, change for a little and then go back. All the best!

  2. Bless this website for keeping me sane during the last 6 days. My experience is charting with most of what I read here. Day 6 and I was so hoping I would be feeling better, unfortunately the pain is intense, just as bad or worse as days 4 & 5. I feel like I’m going crazy eating almost nothing and living for my medication doses. Last night was the worst by far, went back to my apartment from my dads house and the air must be drier here, I woke up and my throat felt like the Sahara desert. Worse is that I’ve been taking female laxatives to compensate for the constipation of the pain killers, but I must have taken too many yesterday because I woke up at 6am with flash diarrhea…as though all my other problems weren’t enough! Friendly tip, only take a half dose of laxative while you are chugging water like you are in recovery.
    Showering in the morning has been helpful to help circulate the pain killers and loosen up my throat and neck from stiffness overnight. And the steam from the shower feels good in my throat.
    My diet has mostly consisted of smoothies and cold soup, and gallons and gallons of water. I am going to do some gardening today to distract my mind from the pain for a couple hours, and will no doubt have to have a recovery nap after.

  3. On day 6 Almost ran my course of oxy. The pain still hasn’t gone away. Will my Dr prescibe more pain meds.. the Tylenol and ibuprofen aren’t doing much benefit

    1. Are you alternating ibuprofen and Tylenol?

      1. Yes, with the 40 pills I was prescribed with and the bottle says no refills. I’m afraid I’m gonna have to make that trip to the Er if I can’t get any relief from the Tylenol and ibuprofen.
        the ice cream and popsicles are not helping I’m tired of crying this pain is unbearable

        1. Can you call your provider to ask for a refill? Don’t cry- makes it worse

        2. Remember- this is temporary. Relax. Breath. Try to get your mind on something else.

  4. Days 6- I will never do another surgery ever. I do not care what it is. I hate this I’m crying. I haven’t eaten I want some zaxbys and some dominos and I want to talk and I want to sing and I want a big cheese bacon burger with a lot of mayo on it and some curly fries with some honey mustard wings.

  5. Can I just say Bless you all who are currently going through this with me. These recovery experience stories are awesome and to know I’m not that I’m not alone in what I’m feeling is great but when I see this posts from a year or more ago, it just reminds me that these people are no longer in pain however, I currently am!
    I am day 6 (post op) and I literally did not sleep last night because swallowing was EXCRUTIATING!!! I got up today and just felt like bursting into tears. My throat was on fire, my ears were pounding, it was a MESS! I have literally been putting my hands over my ears when I have to swallow. It eases the pain in my ears a bit. I probably look like I am going crazy to my family. But it is the only thing that will help. Yesterday I ate pretty well and drank quite a bit so I got really excited. But today was a serious kicker. It is almost 4pm and I haven’t eaten because I am just not here for this pain. It is just horrible! Seriously! I keep trying to tell myself, “It is only temporary. You will feel better in a few days. You will be so glad you did this in a week.” But yeah, in the midst of all this pain, those reminders just fade into a whisper.
    But I managed to take some pain killers (extra strength Tylenol), which hurt so bad going down, around 2pm and I am feeling better. Afternoons and nights tend to be best for me as far as pain goes.

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