Tonsillectomy Day 1

Tonsillectomy Recovery Day by Day

Day One -The Honeymoon

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

From thousands of post comments to the tonsillectomy recovery forum, I have assembled a sampling of various accounts and impressions of tonsillectomy recovery for each day. We shall start with tonsillectomy day 1. 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.

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Tonsillectomy Day 1
Tonsillectomy Day 1


Tonsillectomy Day 1: This is not too bad.  Pussies on the forum!

Tonsillectomy Day 1:(surgery day): Thank God I woke up! Whoa – drugs.

Tonsillectomy Day 1: I had a freezie when I got home and lots of water. I watched some television and took the amoxicillin that I was prescribed to prevent infection. I decided to try to swallow the capsules because they looked small enough…BIG MISTAKE! After the first one, it felt like it was stuck in my throat, but I tried to take the second one…even bigger mistake. So I start getting anxious because I feel like the pills are stuck in my throat and not going down – even with loads of water. It turns out they did go down, but because my throat was swollen, they felt like they were just sitting there. I was prescribed liquid codeine and told to buy liquid Tylenol. However, the only liquid Tylenol my mom could find was for children, so instead, she decided to buy Tylenol caplets that melt in your mouth – which turned out to be for children as well. The first night I only took Tylenol because I wasn’t in that much pain at first. Needless to say, I was in pain during the night and slept maybe 1-2 hours in total.

Tonsillectomy Day 1: i had the surgery at 3:20 pm ( they were over an hour behind schedule).I woke up feeling like crap and the nurse had to give me lots of morphine through the IV drip. I spent the night in a hospital and it was the worst night ever. My throat was in pain all night even though they gave me the liquid codeine. There was only 2 of us in the “day surgery” ward ( where they keep the overnight patients) but the other lady was snoring all through the night! which made things even worse haha. I only got about 4 hours of on and off sleep. My mom picked me up at 6am and i went home and slept for a bit.

Tonsillectomy Day 1 : My surgery was at 9:30am ET this morning and I was home by 1:30pm which included a 20 minute drive home. I had a tonsillectomy and he just trimmed a little of my extremely long uvula. I woke right up from the surgery with no problems at all. The pain I had was a 1or 2 on a scale of 10. hardly any pain after the surgery and I was able to eat apple sauce, ice and water immediately after waking. No side effects from the surgery med’s. They did give me some anti-nausea drugs. I still feel like I have just a mild sore throat.

Tonsillectomy Day 1 : Days 1&2 were definitely the honeymoon phase. All was grand in tonsil land

Tonsillectomy Day 1 : I just had it done this morning, massively consming water, pain meds every 4 hours, popsicles, little apple sauce and trying to maintain a healthy probiotic regimine. Its weird because it feels like a bad case of strep throat….so far. But I do feel instant relief with my breathing.

Tonsillectomy Day 1 : Well i just got home from surgery. I had my tonsils removed, deviated septum fixed, uvula removed and turbinates  (nasal wall tissue) reduced. I have no recall of surgery, only remember maybe a minute of being in the operating room, then waking up in the recovery center.
Pain is not what i expected it to be. I think i have worse pain from strep throat

Tonsillectomy Day 1 : Post op eight hours……everything feels fine but I’m scared for the horrible days ahead. Sandra you developed ear pain at 3rd day? That makes me nervous

Tonsillectomy Day 1 : (Day of surgery) I actually felt pretty darn good, was able to eat a little, but I wish someone would have told me that I needed to re-learn how to swallow. VERY SMALL sips is the key.

Tonsillectomy Day 1 : Slept only about 2 hours due to still being very restless and fidgety from the effects of the anesthesia. Stayed on a steady dose every 4 hours of pain med’s which seemed to edge my pain. Still in a great deal of pain all day. I ate more Popsicle and jello and applesauce and was able to eat some luke warm soup which tasted great and drank 2 ensure shakes and a yogurt shake. The anesthesia effects seemed to finally wear off sometime in the early evening making me a bit more comfortable. Still in a good deal of pain. My entire mouth now hurts along with the throat and I am having jaw pain and slight ear pain and tongue pain from the clamps they used during the surgery.

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  1. Most important thing I didn’t expect was the burning around the rest of my mouth. The roof of my mouth, my tongue, my gums and the rest of my throat was totally blistered and often hurt more than the scabs themselves. And the ear discomfort that they warn you might get… for me it was the worst part. I called them my contractions, came in waves and nothing could stop them. I would get into bed, ice up and try to watch something boring to distract myself into sleeping. Only thing that fixed the issue.
    I feel my issues were not the most common but I wish I had understood the possibilities.
    Remember, burned mouth and ear destruction.
    My solutions to the pain were ice and sleep. Keep taking your pills even if you think they’re not working. They are; the pain might be bad but it should be a whole lot worse.

    Also I managed to attend an assessment centre for a law firm on day 5. I absolutely wouldn’t recommend this, but just to acknowledge that if you’re a little tough cookie life is liveable. I had to do a group discussion, interview, presentation and a whole load of written assessments. Granted I was dead afterwards but I was not totally disabled.

  2. day 1: got my surgery this morning at 10. i am a 16 year old girl. i was so scared because of all the stories i heard, and this was my first surgery so i didn’t know how i’d react to the anesthesia. i do not remember going in the operation room. the last thing i remember is being given medicine to calm me down, and it made me suuuuuper goofy. i woke up in recovery pretty confused and out of it, but for the most part i felt okay. they had me drink water and eat a popsicle. i went home at around 1. i wanted to sleep but i couldn’t get myself to fall asleep, i was wide awake. i took tiny sips of water at a time and ate some ice cream. all i want to do is spit. every time i swallow it feels like i’m swallowing razor blades, but i know i have to drink as much as i can in order to take care of myself and recover. i’m allowed to take hydrocodone every 4 hours, but it doesn’t really help me at all. if you have to take pills, i recommend breaking them into smaller pieces and taking them with applesauce. it is now 8:30 pm and my throat is very sore. i want to sleep but i still can’t. uggghhh. i am afraid of how bad i’ll feel in the morning. this is going to be a long 2 weeks.

  3. Day 1 and 2 weren’t do bad. DEFFO the honeymoon stage before what is to come after….. Drink lots of water today and eat as much as you can because chances are day 3 onwards you won’t eat a thing.
    Woke up after surgery and wasn’t in pain because I was given pain killers during the surgery, was out of it for the next 2 days.

  4. Hey all – I’m 34 and just had my procedure today. Was really apprehensive as I never had any operation or general anaesthetic before. Got in and thought it all was a bit science fictiony as they had some students following the nurses so there was 5-6 people around me pointing and taking notes. Then one of the nurses got me a mask and said 10 long deep breaths. I remember probably 4 and when I woke up it was done and I was in a bed somewhere else.
    I woke up feeling some pain but nowhere near any of my tonsillitis episodes, maybe the pain level when it starts to flare up (maybe a 4 out of 10 swallowing but pretty non-existent otherwise). They gave me some pretty strong stuff too so I’m sure that helped. Soon after they took me to a recovery ward and I drank loads of water, juice, ate sandwiches, biscuits, you name it! I’m like – YEAH this is not too bad!!! I was then discharged to go home and kept dosing off having really strange heavy/light sleeps, like my body was really sleepy but my mind was a bit anxy.
    After a couple of hours at home the pain got a little bit worse but I still managed to eat loads of stuff, I’m kinda trying to eat as much as I can as I know this is probably not going to last by reading everyone else’s reports. I’m also setting my alarms so I don’t miss the meds dosages and keep on top of the pain.
    I have a feeling night time is going to be worse as it tends to be as well on a normal tonsillitis bout but so far it’s been ok.

    I looked at the inside of my mouth and it looks like Mordor!! :S :S :S

  5. Tonsillectomy Day 1: (surgery day) sipping anything was very minimum. The meds kicked in hard for the first couple of nights making my stomach very uncomfortable. Italian ice was the best thing for me to eat which included sugar. Waking up in the morning was the most difficult and painful to swallow. Putting ice on my jaw helped numb the pain. My throat would get intensely dry and only water and italian ice would go down. Only got worse from there however, we all make it!

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