Tonsillectomy Day 8

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Tonsillectomy Day 8

Tonsillectomy Recovery Day by Day

 Day 8

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

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Tonsillectomy Day 8 : Crying. Just… Crying

Tonsillectomy Day 8 : So I woke up this morning with a dry throat. I wasn’t able to sleep more than 30 minutes at a time without coughing. Even while drinking water, my throat has been so dry, it’s like it just isn’t staying moist. I got so fed up, I asked my mom to go buy me a humidifier today. I know I’m a little late, I should have had it from the beginning, but I guess I thought I really didn’t need it. My post-op appointment is in 1 week and I really can’t wait. I definitely have a few questions to ask him! So, I finally got the nerve up to look into my throat, and even though it was a little hard to see, I do see a lot of gray areas. I thought I lost more scabs than I see in my throat, so I was wondering whether or not all of the gray areas are scabs, or if some of it is not scabs. I was told that it is all scabs, so I guess the scabs are going to take longer to fall off than I thought. So, I thought I was doing really well today and then all of a sudden my throat started squeezing really tightly when I swallowed. I slept for about an hour and woke up and it was gone. After talking to my dad who has dealt with panic attacks his whole life, he confirmed that he has had the same thing before and it is in fact mini panic attacks. Great, panic attacks – that’s all I need! I had one in the afternoon and then another one at night. The best way for me to deal with it is to sleep through it.

Tonsillectomy Day 8 : day 8..I thought someone had tried to bite off the back of my tongue and tried to scrape the white spots off with a nail filer…Also my feet were swelling, and I began to have a migraine and vomit, I was afraid i was going to rip my stitches..they had become so big me and my bf had named them “shrek ” feet

Tonsillectomy Day 8 : day 8 today and I felt terrible when I woke up! The pain was like a bruised/burning pain. I also feel like I have hay fever(which I don’t). However it’s now lunchtime and I feel considerably better. It feels like day 7 which I can cope with. Hoping day 10 will be the major turnaround day. I swear this feels like the longest recovery!

Tonsillectomy Day 8 : Day 8. 33 yrs old. Thanks for the info on the swollen tongue and the marks on it from my teeth. That makes total sense!! My throat feels much better, but the difficulty in eating seems to be coming from the underside of my tongue and my jaw. I will continue to take it easy in hopes that everything will continue to heal up. Im down 12 pounds. Its going to be hard not to put all of the weight back on. I’m starving!! lol

Tonsillectomy Day 8 : Days 8 – today – Pain has slowly begun to decrease, however, it’s remained at about a 3/4 for the last two days. However, my body has slowly begun to feel better. I feel like a human again. That’s a refreshing feeling.

Tonsillectomy Day 8 : Days 8-10–able to eat a little bit more everyday, but it was different every day. Pudding and mac & cheese were good one day, bad the next. Chicken noodle soup was also good, couldn’t eat anymore jello 😛 Throat still sore, still doing the Advil/Tylenol rotation. Waiting for scabs to fall off, but throat still all white.

Tonsillectomy Day 8 : Day 8, Ok I am feeling much better. Last night was rough. I had taken my pain meds around 11:30 PM , and around 12:15 my earache was unbearable. I had a problem eating yesterday. I just wanted to eat a Popsicle. I got down on my knees and prayed to God to let the pain go away so i could eat. A few minutes later, the pain in my ears subsided (Thanks God!). I ate 2 Popsicles.

Tonsillectomy Day 8 :Day 8- while I felt really crappy all day long I stayed home all day & rested and this evening I feel just a lil better.

Tonsillectomy Day 8 : Recovery Day 8 (post-op day 9):
Had another relapse of pain today on my right side and into my right ear. At this point I am just so exhausted from lack of sleep and lack of proper food. I had my post-op appointment with my surgeon today. He said i still have a ways to go but it is beginning to heal. He said my tonsils were extremely large and that the tonsil beds (where the tonsils were) that are now left behind are so massive that it will take extra time to heal since there is so much damaged tissue back there from the cauterization. I was able to eat some of a baked potato today with cheese and bacon.


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  1. Only thing of difference today- I finally was able to go to the bathroom. Only sharing because I know so many have had this experience too, and would want to know when that situation was resolved. Thank goodnesssssss.

  2. Day 8 went well. The pain is now bearable: ear pain is still persistent. Taking acetaminophens for the ear pain when I wake up. My tongue is swollen and the back of the tongue hurts. I tried eating French fries yesterday but my jaws were so stiff and the swollen tongue made swallowing hard. Today I was able to eat crab meat in butter for dinner- very small bites and lots of water. It felt great to finally eat solid food. I am so over Ensure drinks and milkshakes. I can also chew gum without pain swallowing. I strongly recommend chewing gum. Its great for loosening the jaw and helps with the ear ache. My throat still has some white. Looking forward to getting back to normal. Happy recovery to the newbies-its worth it!!!

  3. So far its my throat is better than it was last week. its only bad when i wake up in the morning, but through out the day i’ve been producing a lot of saliva. it wasnt like this before, and i cant keep swallowing the saliva cuz it hurts my throat

  4. its day 8 im starving anything cold hurts. everything hurts. my pain meds are no longer working with my ear pain. i cant eat, sleep, or even drink. i tried to go back to work today. that was a bad choice the dry air made me cough, i kept tasting blood. Today i also discovered oral thrush in my mouth. swishing yogurt is about all i can do. i did find a website that had home remadies there was a common one, apple cidar vinager and salt as a mouth wash will clear up thrush in a week. ill try that tonight. But I’m still suffered terrible ear pain.

    1. Hi Melissa, Sorry you’re having such a rough time. You are close to the end though. Try chewing gum for that ear pain. If the home remedy doesn’t work, your doctor can prescribe something for the thrush. Good luck, Hang in there!

  5. I just had tonsil surgery 8 days ago. Day one was real easy, I felt no pain at all!!! I started feeling the pain on day 2 but with the help of the lortab, I managed the pain very well!! Yes, I have hurt and nights and first thing in the morning were the worst, but overall, I feel like I have breezed through this thing. After reading some of the recovery stories on different websites, I feel like I havent had any problems. My first day, all I ate was sherbet. Day 2, I started eating noodle soup and ice cream…..the ice cream helped to soothe my throat. I had fried chicken on day 3, eating it very slowly of course, and only after my pain meds. It wasn’ t too bad. I can now eat pretty much anything in small amounts and chewing it up good. I don’t eat a lot at a time bc if I try to, it irritates my throat. But the fact that Im already eating solid foods is a miracle. My dr told me that is fine as long as I can tolerate it. I do feel some burning, and can tell it has been cauterized, but it is not unmanageable, even with over the counter meds. I prayed that God would help me to not have too much problems with my pain and He has granted that prayer!!!!! He is an amazing God!!!!! If I had to rethink about doing this surgery, I would def do it again….had to do it bc of sleep apnea by the way. This time, I wouldn’t be so nervous about how the pain would be. I know I have a ways to go with my recovery, but the worst is finally over!!

    1. You are very encouraging. Thank you for your words. Remembering to thank God and asking others for prayer has helped me also..relying on His strength through this is all I can do. Hasn’t been smooth sailing for me so far, but this was so helpful to read.

    2. Damn, God answered your prayer and ignored mine. That bastard is always playing favorites.

      Tomorrow I’m going to ask him to make my scabs fall off and for some green jello.

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