Tonsillectomy Recovery Journal

I had my tonsillectomy done on December 20th. I am 24 years old. I am a teacher so I decided that Christmas break would be the perfect time because I have exactly 13 days off of work and my 14th day is just an inservice so no students that I have to teach yet. I didn’t think that missing out from holiday foods would be as hard as it was. So far my timeline is

<br />Day 1: absolutely horrible, I couldn’t keep anything down including the water and gaterode I was drinking. I believe it was anesthesia lingering. I took the pain medicine before I went to sleep and that was it. Then I was constantly waking up having to take sips of water almost every hour it seemed.

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<br />Day 2: Not nearly as bad. I ate Jello for breakfast with a freezer pop to follow. I didn’t take any pain medicine. I drank so much water so my 3 hour ride back home to see family had a few stops along the way. I could talk for brief moments of time before I thought I was going to gag. I tried to eat ice cream and some luke warm Mac and cheese, it tasted good at the time but my body didn’t agree with it at 2 in the morning.

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<br />Day 3: I decided to not take any chances of getting sick that day so I stuck to jello and freezer pops. I could barely talk because my tongue was so swollen. My family had a little Christmas gathering and I hated watching them all eat “real food” as I’m sitting there eating Jello. I felt slight pain but not enough to make me feel like I needed the pain medicine. I slept okay that night, I still was waking up taking sips of water but I was starting to get use to that.

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<br />Day 4: I decided to try and eat my chicken noodle soup and it actually went better well. I had a popsicle after. I didn’t have much pain in my throat except for when I woke up in the morning. I could talk a little better but now I noticed that I could barely open my mouth. As every night before I would wake up constantly to take a drink but I also noticed that I was drooling all over the place way more than I ever have in my whole life, it was gross.

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<br />Day 5-6: Well it was Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I still haven’t had to take any pain medication. I was talking the same way that I was the day before. I decided to step it up Christmas morning and eat a bowl of cereal ( keep in mind cereal was extremely mushy) I had some mashed potatoes during dinner and I had to constantly drink to get them to go down. (Some advice – never stop sipping water throughout the day) We finally got home and I was exhausted from all the running that I ate a popsicle and went to bed.

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<br />Day 7-8: I woke up with an earache and so much jaw pain that lasted the entire day. Still didn’t have my voice back and it was getting frustrating. I tried to eat chicken and biscuits but I could barely get passed the 3rd bite. I stuck to eating popsicles and soup for the rest of day 7 and all of day 8.

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<br />Day 9: Today I cant seem to keep myself from constantly coughing. I am trying to hold it in as much as I can. I even try and drink to keep me from doing it but for some reason that isn’t enough. Because of coughing I’m so worried with bleeding that I went into the bathroom to spit like every hour just to make sure I’m fine. I decided to say goodbye to Jello and started to eat some chocolate pudding which went well. I still finish every “meal” with a popsicle because it seems to help my throat. I’m still not in much pain, well at least yet. I talked quite a bit but my voice is still off and I just want to get this over with. I’m nervous though I know that my scabs haven’t really fallen off yet and that can cause pain when they do. So here is to 5 more days of recovering and until I see my doctor again.

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