Hi! My son had his tonsilectomy On July 24 and one of the things we were definitely NOT prepared for was the swollen uvula! It looked like the size of a thumb! It kept gagging him and kind of freaked him out at first as it seemed to almost block off his breathing and he often felt like he was choking. I felt so badly for him. It was awful. The doctor said some people swell more than others and he was really swollen. He also got sick a few days in and kind of..sorry to be gross..threw up his uvula... and had to get it back down off his tongue.. he survived though and swelling is all gone now and I would say it was about day 11 when the swelling finally went down. His tongue was also swollen. The doctor did say they would start another dose of steroids if swelling did not go down so maybe if you are still really swollen you might need that. They also say drink lots of water and icy things but I found that did nothing at all unfortunately but you can try it..
They just do not tell you half of the things you are going to have to deal with. I guess they do not want to scare you off! It surely is a rough operation to recover from but you eventually will!! Hang in there