I'm 20 and I just got mines out last Tuesday via Coblation (method)!
I was petrified, and people kept telling me "Oh it's feels like you have the worst case of strep!" and it REALLY doesn't. I'll give you it does feel like strep, but I've had strep that hurts worse. Here's a little 'journal' of what happened;
Day 1 Operation: Scheduled surgery at 8:15, and they didn't have to do pre-op on me (blood test). They will make you pee in a cup for a pregnancy test (mandatory on all girls) and put on hospital gowns with your cheeks showing.
Then they tell you whats going to happen and what to do after. They put the IV on the side of my wrist (DO NOT FREAK OUT! This does NOT hurt! I was petrified it was going to). Then they walk you to the operating room and wrap you in a few blankets because it's FREEZING back there. Then they put some NIIICE stuff in you and you fall asleep. About two hours later I woke up with a blanket wrapped aroung the top of my head (to keep warm) and the doctors kept telling me to breathe (to pull the tube out of my mouth- You probably won't feel it, I didn't.) It was odd because I kept trying to stay awake and look around, but it took me a good 15 minutes to do so. Words of advice- if you need to pee at this point hold it, or they'll make you use a bed pan. They tell you not to talk, remind you to drink water, and your good to go!
Day 1 PostOp: SLEEPY! They put me on 2 tsp Augmentin (antibiotic) and 1-2 pills percocet every 4 hours. I felt pretty good, not much pain (NO pain from my adnoids), although everything I swallowed had to be gulped (they will tell you NOT to sip anything). My best friend came over and I talked and talked (although my voice sounded like when a deaf person talks). I was able to drink water and eat MUSH like jello and pudding
Day 2-3: Felt pretty good, lots of sleep. STILL kept talking when I got a lot of "SHUT UP! You're going to regret it!" I started LIVING on McDonalds strawberry milk shakes. Was a little itchy
Day 4: Realized I'm apparently allergic to Percocet, so I had to get Tylonal with Codiene. Doesn't work nearly as well, but I wasn't in too much pain
Day 5-7: Weened myself off pain killers as I didn't need them much. Everything going great, and even ate mashed potatoes and a little bit of chicken chewed to almost liquidation hehe
Day 8: Looked at my throat and realized my adnoids were bleeding, so I went to the doctor. She used a nasal spray on me and stuck a little camera down my nose (only hurt a little bit from cleaning it with alcohol). She said most people have lost the scabs by now, and I was just a slow healer and was starting to lose the scab on my adnoids.
Day 9: Felt pretty good, although my adnoids seemed to be bleeding a little more, but nothing hurt. Felt good enought to go to Cracker Barrel. I was able to eat fried apples, dumplings, and (a) french fry. I had to go to Home Depot; You will realize quickly that standing alone becomes a workout!
Today: Last night I kept waking up because I was swallowing this stuff that felt like snot and mucous. Couldn't taste it though. When I fully woke up a few hours later I was in a little bit of pain and looked to find my scabs gone. Took Tylonal w/ Codiene, and I'm okay! Just watch, because right after you lose them is apparently the time you have to watch for bleeding, so be extra careful what you eat the next couple days!
Things you should d*****itly buy;
ICE CREAM!! (can't have any 'chunks' in it; ex chocolate chips, reeses, etc)
Vitamin water/flavored water (you'll get flavor bored FAST)
PLAIN mashed potatoes. Wendy's cheese potatoes are nice too!
This one sounds odd, but trust me; Stool softener
Things to avoid;
Fruits (can't stress spice and citrus enough!)
Nuts, Potato chips, crunchy foods period
This is pretty much when you just use your common sense..
Things to expect;
The operating room to be freezing and waking up as an eskimo
You should feel pretty good, but remember you just got parts of your body taken out, so just REST REST REST!
Drink lots of fluids. Because your healing, drink more than usual
DO NOT take asprin for 2-3 weeks
Brushing teeth 2-3 times a day
Don't blow your nose for 2-3 weeks. Nurses will tell you to suck it back and spit it out, as gross at it sounds.
Cold compresses and ice chips help pain
You will have a little bit of blood in mucuous/saliva the first day or 2
You will get white/yellow scabs in your throat
Try not to sneeze. If you have to, do it with your mouth wide open
Try not to yawn by clenching the jaw and breathing deeply through your nose
Most of all, ENJOY THE FACT YOU HAVE 1-2 WEEKS OFF SCHOOL & WORK!!
Hope that helped. It's a lot, but you can't find info like that on ******!