Based on my ENT's suggestion (orders), I took off two weeks from work, because he told me I COULD start bleeding and it wouldn't be pretty. I didn't. I was glad I took off the time because a couple days after the surgery, I lost my voice for about a week. If you don't need to talk, you should be okay. I didn't sleep very well during the night because I'd wake up 'cuz my throat would dry up and feel all sticky and sore -- because I was sleeping and not drinking water and chewing ice constantly, like I'd do during the day.
I was given liquid tylenol with codeine, which seemed to take the edge off. As far as eating solid food, you can eat whatever you want, but you're most likely not going to feel like eating -- your throat'll hurt, it feels funny swallowing and nothing tastes the same. I survived on crackers dipped in broth, pudding, ice cream, but mostly I drank lots and lots and lots of water and chewed on ice. Kept the throat lubricated. Plus you do NOT want to get dehydrated 'cuz that could mean a trip to the hospital and iv's.
Oh and here's another "fun" thing that might happen. Because your tonsils will be gone, you'll have all kinds of room in your throat, so you'll have to relearn how to swallow again. Nothing like swallowing wrong and having milk come out your nose