Tonsillectomy Day 6 -Scabs Bleeding?

tonsillectomy recovery day 6
tonsillectomy recovery day 6

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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  1. Im also on Day 6 of recovery. I’m female, 33 and live in Australia. Today has been the best day so far! I woke up at 6am (I’ve been sleeping in 2-3 hour blocks) in not too horrendous pain. I’ve found that holding some water in the back of my throat in the morning really helps. Also, covering my mouth all night every night with a blanket or a bit of your dressing gown works wonders in keeping your throat warm. I’m able to talk pretty well (if not a little bit foggy). Some of the scabs on my uvula have come away which has made life a LOT easier. I’m hoping I’m on the upward spin now! Mainly been eating mash pototo, apple sauce, yogo and drinking HEAPS of water and lukewarm tea. Let me know if you want to know more about my recovery, there hasn’t been a lot of info on the web about how the recovery has been for people in Australia. 🙂

    1. I would kill for some mashed potatoes! Drinking water is normal for me, but geez this operation has got me drinking gallons of it!

    2. Hi, I would love some feedback – I’m 25 in Sydney and got tonsils out last Weds, so tomorrow is Day 6 I think. The surgeon sent me away with Endone and Panadeine + Codeine but both were too strong for my stomach and was vomiting badly. Now an taking 2 panadol every 6 hours and am managing…but a bit worried about the pain getting worse again when scabs are coming off or if there is bleeding, eek!

      1. I was doing fine on just panadol (as morphine and codeine makes my chest tighten to the point of feeling like my heart will stop!) but am starting to worry that it’s not enough. I’m taking it every 4 hours, but at day 6/7 I’m really starting to feel the pain.

        Is it because I can’t take codeine that it hurts so much?

        How did you go with just panadol, in the end?

  2. Untill this day, everything was going good. My pain was under control with paracetamol and diclofenac and I was eating soft food. All the sudden, it seemed that the painmedication wasn’t working enough. I started to have unbearable pain. I couldn’t eat and even drinking was torture. When I looked at the wound, I saw the edges of the wound were very red. Also my tongue felt raw and looked white. I went to the doctor . He diagnosed a mouth thrush: a fungus in the mucosal layer of the mouth and also in the wound. I got nystatin for it (an antifungal antibiotic). I went back the next day because the pain had not been reduced. When the doctor looked at the wound, he saw the woundedges where less red and the wound looked less inflamed. Later that day, the pain seemed to reduce.

  3. omg what can i say i had my tonsulls out on monday im on day 4 and i feel awfull had to go back to doctors has when i looked down my mouth it was white which is normal but also green yes u guess it i had a infection to deal with as well i find the mornings are the worst in the afternoon i start to feel a bit better then approuching t time yep feel awful again ive been suffering with bad acute tonsulitus every month for the past 23 years im now 34 years of age and at this moment in time wished id never had it done the pain is awful cant eat, drink, up every few hours in the night ive found eating jelly really work and it soothes ur mouth ive got ulcers under my tongue .u always need to keep topped up on ur medication and the hospital said even if u feel loads better u need to keep takeing ur pain killers im trying to last every 4 hours but if i get near to 3 hours the pain is afull and i have to take the painkillers a bit so scared that im going to bleed its worring me silly. ive been on this site and it has reasured me that all im feeling is normal.

  4. I’m on day 6. I was warned the worst was day 3-5 and was hoping day 6 would ring in pain free. Well, I think day 4-6 is the worst so far. I woke up 3 times for my meds last night. They are making me feel so sick and nauseated. I can’t eat, can’t sleep, my ears are killing me and when I swallow, it feels like razor blades. I am slightly comforted in the fact that this seems to be normal and that I am not dying.

    1. omg i so feel ur pain the hospital did tell me that if i could to eat chips and ruff food it helps the process heal quicker so far ive managed 4 chips and it took me about an hour to eat them but i did try so hope u will be feeling better soon and we also need to write our comments on here in a few weeks time there is light at the end of the tunnel thats what i keep tellling my self through all the tears that i keep sheding ever few hours hope u will be ok love bec

  5. My recovery as of Day 6 has gone very well. It hurts to eat though… and watch out when I get in a coughing fit. I have these coughing fits that just SEAR my throat in excruciating pain. If those are my only worries, then I am thankful for this recovery…

    I have attached a link to my own blog about my tonsillectomy recovery.

    1. Had my surgery 12/28/17. What the hell was a I thinking. Days 1-3 were great minimum pain I could eat an drink recovery was great. Something happened days 4-6 I’ve wanted to shoot myself. My jaw hurts my ears are killing me. Pain meds and liquid ibuprofen don’t do anything. Mucus build up blocks your air way and you can’t lay down. You end having to spit up and it’s gross because it’s blood scabs and green junk. All you want to do is eat a popsicle and or some pudding and you can’t.

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