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. Day 1: pretty hopped up on meds after the anesthesia.. my face has taken on a permanent white hue but I’m in pretty good spirits all things considered. Even game to try to eat something so I sent hubby out to get me pad thai (without chilli). I ate half the serving and then took some more pain meds and ate the other half. My jaw sounds like it’s clicking when I chew which is disconcerting but I was just so damn hungry. Also eaten a heap of jelly.. First day was not as bad as expected!

  2. I had my tonsillectomy yesterday around 14:00 on 09/05/2018. My surgery was done by an ENT, as I am 31 yoa. I awoke feeling good, pain was a 1/10, and then my uvula and soft palate gradually started to swell which gave me a very irritating sensation of fullness at the back of the throat and some difficulty breathing through my nose. Figured out the drinking of icy water or sucking on an ice cube almost immediately improved symptoms. I forced myself to swallow perpetually to actually test the pain level and was satisfied it wasn’t too high. Stayed in overnight and discharged by 09:00. Pain never went over a 3/10, and I was given some mild pain meds intravenously and a capsule which I swallowed with ease. Dinner was ice cream, barely managed to get it down. Was also given the antinausea meds IV. Didn’t sleep much, mostly because I napped on and off prior to my surgery out of boredom. I also needed to wee just about every 30 to 60 mins from all the fluids. I’m thoroughly convinced my kidneys have been sufficiently detoxed for the onslaught of medication coming! All in all, and in comparison to others I asked, I seem to be one of the lucky ones with less pain! I can only hope the next few days stay the same!

  3. Day 1: I had surgery and was able to eat that same day. I generally ate before I took medication. Right after surgery I had 2 ice pops and a cup of ice chips. The staff also sent me home with 3 for the road ( I had about an hour drive). Got home and laid down ( in a sitting up position) for about an hour. Made hard boiled eggs to have before my first dose of medication. The flooring was everything I had to eat on Day 1 ( small portions) hard boiled eggs, Mac and cheese, cream of wheat, potato soup, popsicles, water, gatorade. Day 1 = not bad at all.

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