Hi all! I am back online. Well actually I checked in and read some stuff yesterday but was too out of it to start my story. Keep in mind that as I type today I am also on pain meds so please excuse my rambelings...
Had my tonsillectomy yesterday. Here is a timeline of events:
6:15 woke up and sang: GOOOOOOD MORNING SURGERY DAY.
I figured if I went into it with a good attitude it really wouldn't be so bad. Plus I knew that it was the last time I was going to be singing and being loud... hee hee. Then I just played with the dog a little bitand got ready to go.
7:00 headed to the hospital
7:30 arrived and checked in. It was pretty quiet around there. The nurse met me and I changed into a gown (I was able to keep my panties on if you are wondering) then she took my vitals and asked me a bunch of medical questions again. Oh and I got my bracelets. =)
7:50 arrived in pre op room, there were tvs in each of the rooms so we watched all the Virginia Tech news - which is all so sad, but it kept my mind off of things. I got my IV put in and hooked up to a Lactadid Ringer (just fluids) At that point my boyfriend for some reason was feeling really bad about everything his eyes kinda watered up and he told me that he wished it was him and not me. Owwwww, sweet I know. Anyway then my boyfriends mom came (as my parents live in Florida and were so sad that they coudn't be there even though I am 27 and not 7 it was nice to have a mom there)
We sat and chatted for a long time - and by chatted I mean that I talked non stop for an hour. I think I must have been more nervouse then I was letting on cause I wouldn't shut up.
9:15 the doctor came in and talked to me about the surgery also the anesteciologist came in and asked a ton of questions and such.
9:30 I leave the pre op room and head to surgery. I walk there with a nurse and take my contacts out right before i go in. Then there are about 5 nurses there all talking and joking around with me. They lay me down on a bed and we are just chatting...
10:45 All of a sudden I open my eyes and realize that I am not in the surgery room anymore. It doesn't feel like I have been sleeping - it feels like no time passed at all. Strange. I cant really see anything cause I dont have my contacts in but I am in a big room with a bunch of beds and nurses lingering around. I remember that there really was no pain at this point at all. But my mouth was so dry. I wanted to drink something really bad. My vitals are takin again, that is all I really remember from that.
11:30 I am moved to a private recovery room and my boyfriend and him mom join me. I tell my nurse I need something to drink and she gives me ice water. It feels so good to drink and get something wet in my mouth but then I realize that... yeah.... my throat has issues. =) It really wasn't bad at all though. I think after drinking my resting pain was a 1 and when I sipped water it maybe got to a 3 if that. Drinking water was so good at that point. So we just sat for a while and I was told to not talk so much. After a while they asked if I wanted a popsicle - sounded great! So they gave me an orange popsicle and it felt really good at first but then it started to sting my throat. pain went up to about a 4-5 so they gave me 25 ml of tylonal codine, that helpped after a while but it tastes so bad and stung going down. I went back to water and rested for a while.
1:30 Released! The prescriptions were given to my boyfriend and so were a couple lists of dos and don't - I am not too sure when that happened but I know he had them and they had went through everything with him. They wheel me out of there in a wheel chair - it always seems so strange to me. Don't know why - just does. So we go pick up my prescriptions and head home.
I typed up more about my day yesterday but something happened to my computer and I lost it all! So here goes again.
Day of Surgery:
So I get home and get settled in. Around 4 pm I am able to take my pain meds ( They have me taking 30ml of Tylenol 3) So I get about 20 down and I end up getting sick and throwing up (gross: it was mostly a lot of blood that was in my stomach from surgery) so I figure the pain really isn’t so bad so I will wait out trying to take it again for a while. I get some visitors and am actually feeling pretty good – don’t even need meds. The pain is at a 1 resting and a 3 swallowing. Then about 3 hours later I feel sick again. This time when I get sick there is a lot of bright red blood in it. And then I start to spit up new blood. So of course we start kinda freaking out. Also my temperature is up to 101.6 at this point. I call me mom (who is a nurse) and she tells me that we need to ice it as much as possible to see if we can get the bleeding to stop. So I am putting a bunch of ice chips and letting them melt in the back of my throat and also have a really freezing cold ice pack on my throat. By doing this we get the bleeding to stop within 5-10 minutes. So no ER for me. That was good – but it was a little scary for a while.
Then I just worked on getting water down as much as possible and resting on and off. At about 3am I tried taking meds again and got ½ a dose down. That made me feel better and I actually slept for a good 4 hour chunk of time.
Day after surgery
When I got up at 7 I was able to take another dose. And it went really well from then on. My temperature was between 99.5-100.6. So that is good. I was able to even eat a number of things. Jell-O, freeze pops, LOTS of shaved ice (whoever told me to get the shaved ice machine – thank you so much – It works so good), a little bit of naked juice, a little bit of slim fast with protein (can’t drink it too fast and it does make me throat a little slimy but it feel like I am actually being nourished a little bit) and the BEST things I have found are these little bottled called Danimels they are fruit yogurt smoothies in little 3 oz bottles. They taste good and are the perfect thing to take a couple minutes before taking meds. It coats my stomach perfectly; I am drinking the strawberry banana ones. So tasty.
Then last night I had some other friends come over for a while and that was a really nice distraction. The pain still at that point hasn’t been too bad. But the hospital called and I told them about the bleeding and getting sick and they wanted me to call me doctor right away to let him know. He told me to keep up with the ice shavings a lot and he also upped my pain meds to Lortab Elixer and I can take less (15 ml) of and it will last longer. It was just really tough to take 30ml at once and it burned so much going down so that was nice. Last night I fell asleep in my recliner and didn’t wake up till about an hour after I was suppose to take my pain meds and was in the worst pain I have been in so far. It was probably about a 6, not fun but really it hasn’t been bad yet. So I took my meds and tried to sleep. I was up at least every hour and so I drank a lot of water last night. One thing that is keeping my going is my ice pack. It does wonders. They gave me an ice pack at the hospital that didn’t even get cold. So I have been using a water bottle one that gets really cold – It numbs everything and feels great – I try to keep it on all the time, even when I am sleeping. Alright I think I am going to go do some reading. I just wanted you to know that it is going very well. I really am not in a lot of pain yet and have been drinking liquids like a champ. You can do it!
Jen – I have been thinking about you all morning! I know it will go well!!!
Pretty uneventful. Rested on and off all day. My pain was at a 1 resting and 3 swallowing on meds and only got to about a 4 or 5 the hour before I get to take a new dose. I just took it real easy did some reading and caught up with people on e-mail. Took a nice warm bath and shower last night which was so nice and I think it helpped get me totally relaxed and made me sleep well.
Last night I fell asleep at 10pm. Boyfriend woke me up at midnight to take meds. He totally has a routine down: Gives me 3 oz yogart smoothie so that I have something in my stomach, refills dehumidifier, refills ice pack, gives me vicoden, gives me fresh water and a bowl of shaved ice, goes back to bed. I then slept all night long except from about 2:30-3:00. Then at 6am the whole routine went again. And I fell back asleep till now. It felt amazing to sleep all night.
I really am amazed at how good I have been feeling. Today I am definitly going to take advantage of the good weather we are having and plan to sit outside and do some reading for a while. Not sure what they will think when I go back to work with a tan hee hee
I know that things may get bad here soon but so far so good!
Great Day! I hardly had any pain yesterday. I took my meds like clock work at 6 and 12. The only time I really felt any pain was about an hour up until I could take my next dose. Then it was maybe a 3-4. But I took it easy all day and rested a lot. Spent some time reading. And kept ice on my neck almost all day long. As long as I am icing my throat I don't feel any pain at all. Still drinking a lot of water and also getting yogart, slim fast, ice chips, and popsicals down as much as possible. Oh and I have chewed some gum it feels strange at first but I think it helps my jaw and also it promotes even more swallowing. I even started to get hungry. Boyfriend made pizza for supper and I was wanting to eat some really bad and think that I probably could have as long as I chewed it up good, but he didn't think that was a good idea. But I did eat a pack of fruit snacks and that went just fine. =) Last night went good too, slept from 11 to 9am waking only to take meds. BUT this morning when I woke at 6 to take my meds my throat probably hurt the most it has. But after I took the meds, drink some water, and got some fresh ice on my throat I was able to go back to sleep and by the time I woke up I was feeling back to how I have been.
I hope that this is helpping I think having a good adittude has really helpped though all of this too.
Oh I am down to 122.5 lbs. =( I was 129.5 the morning of my surgery. I am going to try and up my slimfast intake.
Day went pretty good - very uneventful again. Started taking meds cloder to every 5 hours then 6. Nurse Mom said I could take as close as 4 if needed. After 3 hours I need to lay still and keep iced because I start to throb. Still getting tons of water down. I think I drank about 4 20oz bottles. Boyfriend's mom came for a visit so that was nice. Also I played with the kittens for a while that we have in the garage. Need to fine a good name for an all grey one with a little white around it's nose. Any ideas? =) He is my favorite and while the 3 others (Simba, Puma and Lola) played he ran right over to me and I picked him up and he cuddled on my lap and took a nap with me. So cute. I also had some broth today. It was good to get something warm down. I am so used to cold or room temp. It wasn't too bad. Nothing spectacular though.
Morning of DaY 5 Post OP
I AM AWAKE. At 3 am I awoke and thought I was going to die. ok I now understand what people are talking about. PAIN. Not fun. It feels like someone with long sharp fingernails came in and totally scratched the whole back of my throat. It is a pulsing pain the I can feel ringing through my ears, up into my head and down to my chest. It makes my teeth chatter and I get some little tears in my eyes. Pain level? I would say at least an 8 maybe even a 9 and I think I am usually a little conservative. This is no fun. Can not swallow that hurts more. But I need my Lortab. It takes about 20 minutes or so to get this pain under contral and the meds do work very well. Thankfully. I have set the alarm for 4 hours after this because waking up to that is no fun. I went 5 hours last time. Lets see how we feel after 4. Thank goodness for ice. I guess I should try and get some water down now that it has kicked in. Darn I though I was going to magically be one of the lucky ones. Not fun folks. But now I understand...
Most of yesterday and today are kinda a blur. Not too much to report I am in the ouch stage. No fun. I rest when i can and count the minutes till my next pain meds. Then once they kick in I drink as much as I can. I can't do milky stuff anymore - hurts too much. Oh here is a story for you. I have been sleeping in a recliner cause it has been really conveinient and I don't want to wake any one up. Well, last night around 3:30 I woke up thinking I was having a nitemare about peeing my pants. ha ha. Sure enough I spilt half a bottle of water into my lap! ha ha. I was soked, my blankets soked the chair soked. No fun. So I went and slept in bed and that was fine but there is just something comforting about being cuddled up in the recliner. It was a gloomy day yesterday and today is even worse. Pouring rain and I should make this quick cause it is starting to lightning.
So anyway. No real news. Sorry. I think I am getting kinda down.
Don't feel down, just look at each day you get through being an achievement. I am 4 weeks post op, and I know days 4-9 were the hardest for me, but think positive and just count down those days. You will get there.
I'm doing ok now. I was brilliant last week - no pain, well only when yawning. But since Sunday I have gone backwards a little. My throat is sore and red again and ridiculously dry. I go back to my ENT today so he'll tell me if it's just a virus or the after effects of the operation.
Anyway, keep those spirits up. YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS!
I hope your day today is better than yesterday. It sounds like you are in the middle stage of recovery where scabs start to come off and create extra pain. Once you get past this hump, the worst should be over. I am at 5 weeks post-op now and doing very well - I'm so glad I had the surgery.
I was the one who recommended the ice shaver. I think that was the item that was most helpful to me - I could not have survived without it. Glad to hear that it alos helped you.
Thanks so much for the well wishes! Sorry I haven't posted updates lately - my computer has been freezing up and I have been resting a lot more.
Monday and tuesday were the worst days. For sure no fun but really I think it could have been worse - the pain meds help a lot.
Wednesday I woke up in a lot of pain but I said screw it - I am not going to let the pain control me so after I took my meds I took a nap - which is nice cause I wasn't sleeping very well due to the pain and then I started eating. I had perogies for lunch - so nummy. I always put a bunch of butter on them and cut smal pieces and they slid easliy down my throat. Nummy. It hurt and took a while but it was so good to get some substance in my tummy. Then I helpped watch some friends kids for a few hours - that was great. It really took my mind off of things for a while. I also had some mac and cheese - so good!
Thursday (yesterday) went pretty good - I slept from 10pm to 10 am (meds at 10pm and 5am) and then I got up thinking I needed to get a bunch of stuff done and ended up sitting in the recliner and next thing I knew I was woke up by the dog at 2 pm! I am glad that I am catching up on sleep but my throat is so sore after sleping that is no fun. My dad flew in from Florida yesterday so that has been nice. I am hoping to feel even better so that we can do some things - it is suppose to be beautiful this weekend.
I have a doctors apointment at 11:30 so I will let you know how it goes. I have a couple concerns so I will update when I get back.
Really the whole experiance has been a lot better then I thought it would be. Has there been pain? Yeah. Did I let myself get cranky and down? Yeah. But would I do it again? Yeah. And I haven't even fully recovered. So maybe I should be saying that yet. =)
Had my follow up apointment yesterday with my surgeon/specialist - that went well. I think I say him for like 60 secounds in all. He really doen't have much of a bedside manner and is very blunt so it never takes long with him. He said I am doing good. Everything is healing where it should be. My tonge had started getting kinda white and think and seemed even fuzzy so I was a little bit concerned about thrush but he said that I just needed to drink even more liquids so I was glad about that. No more prescribtion pain meds so that was kinda upsetting. He told me to take extra strength tylonol instead at this point so I started doing that last night. It really dosn't take care of all of the pain but it helps and it really is so much better. Now I am just trying to rest as much as possible and also start being a little more active. Oh and of course start eating more. Last night I grilled some talapia for supper. Sooooo good. It was pretty easy to eat fish. I really haven't found that my taste has been off at all which I am super happy about as I really enjoy food and can not wait to put the weight back on that I dropped =). It is still hard to eat and it takes a long tie with small bites. Also my stomach is really small I think so I am going to try to eat a number of small meals throughout the day. Oh a little TMI: I didn't have a BM till yesterday and that is after 3 days of stool softeners and a nice big dose of Milk of Magnesia. And it wasn't much. I asked my doctor about it and he said it was due to the prescription pain meds. I was concerned about it since it had been 10 days but I wasn't uncomfortable or anything - just a bit concerned. Again probably TMI but I figured I should let you know.
Well I am looking forward to a lovely 75 degree suny day so I think I will grab some snacks and a book and go sit out on the deck and try to get some color so that I get rid of this pale sickly look =)
All in all - again I want to say my whole experiance has really not been bad at all. I had MAYBE 2 days of real discomfort. I still have pain but it really is nothing I can't handel and I am kind of a whimp. I was thinking yesterday that through the whole thing I have not had pain any worse then the pain that I had with my strep throat/tonsillitis that would be so bad I could not swallow and would drive me to go to the emergrncy room. I know it will probably take a while longer to get me up and running to where I used to be but I already am very happy that I went through with the surgery. I encorage you to do the same if you haven't and if you have ANY questions at all please let me know. I know that I was very worried about this in the beggining BUT I think the most important thing was that I went into this with a positive attitude and tried to keep that up through all of this.
I hope everyone is doing well and thank you all for sharing your stories and questions - that really hellped me through this whole process.