Recovery Progress almost 3 weeks post-op
I just wanted to post to say thank you for all of the posts about adult tonsillectomy recovery. I did not truly realize how hard the recovery would be. I found this board on day 5 post-tonsillectomy and it was so helpful and encouraging.
My experience with tonsillectomy:
I am a 31 y.o. female, married with 3 kids. I've had strep 5 times in the past year and one very enlarged tonsil covered in craters/divots. Actual surgery day was not bad except for a terrible IV insertion experience. Pain after surgery was about a 6-8. I stayed medicated for about 24 straight hours after surgery and then started alternating doses of hydrocodone with dihydrocodone which is much less sedating. Pain was tolerable through day 5 and then it got much worse until day 10. I was able to eat very little at all for 10 days. On the bright side, I dropped 12 pounds during this time. The only real sustenance I was able to get down was slimfast shake - would take me 1-2 hours to sip down and old-fashioned egg custard. A friend brought it by and it was a godsend. I ended up making it three more times during the week. Wasn't able to eat ice cream, milkshakes, pudding, all the stuff people say you should eat. Anything thick was gross and made the pain unbearable.
So now almost 20 days post surgery I am almost back to normal. Eating all regular food again, just chewing very well. I've been craving spicy mexican, maybe I'll feel up to that by Cinco de Mayo. Only pain is when I yawn and sneeze. Sneezing is the worst - feels like my throat is going to explode for about 5 seconds.
For any of you in the midst of recovery, just know that it will pass, not as quickly as you'd like, but it will pass. I kept telling myself that this would be the last sore throat I hopefuly will ever have to experience. My strep has been so severe a few times that the pain was similar to post-surgery pain, plus with strep you physically feel so miserable that it is much worse.
Sorry for the length, but I wanted to say a big thank you to previous posters and to give a little encouragement for anyone going through their recovery.