Thank you all for your great responses. Keep them coming!
My surgery was 16 hours ago, it's 4:00am now. I've been sleeping in 1-2 hour stretches. I think just getting home and situated is what some would consider "doing too much" but I don't see how that can be avoided, even with the help that I have. I would catagorize my initial pain as "severe" but now that I'm settled in and "taking it easy", it's gone a little more to the "moderate" level. When I don't swallow, I'm fine. Taking the liquid meds is tough (the Tylenol w/ codine syrup burns a bit). The liquid amoxicillin doesn't burn but it hurts to swallow it just the same. I've been forcing myself to drink as much water as possible but I'm finding that I'm not consuming nearly the amount I had hoped. However, I don't think I'm in any danger of becoming dehydrated. I'm looking forward to food but I can't even imagine swallowing it at this stage of the game. If I take a turn for the better during the day today, I might try some Cream of Wheat. Had a popsicle at the hospital and a small cup of mango sorbet at home but that's it so far. I also purchased some "vitamin water" (can't remember the brand name, Glacee I think) and have been trying to get some of that in me. It has electrolytes and lots of vitamins but it isn't sugary. It pretty good stuff. Has anyone else tried it and found it helpful?
Along with my tonsillectomy, I had a UPPP procedure done (2/3 of uvula removed). I think I would be doing much better if I were only dealing with the tonsillectomy, but I guess I'll never know
. I say that because the center of the pain for me is the soft palate, I can feel that it is swollen because it drops down on the back of my tongue and I can feel the stitches. That is also where the stinging is when I take my meds. I can see how this could create some speech difficulties later on. I'm going to do some research on speech therapy exercises and see what I find.
Again, thanks for your encouraging responses. I'm still open to any more info you good people have to offer.