Bleeding in first 24 hours after Tonsillectomy
Would appreciate some advice...I am caring for my fiance who had a tonsillectomy yesterday. This morning when he woke up, he was spitting out bright red blood, which stopped after about 5-10 minutes...is this normal so early on?? Has anyone else had this experience? I called the on-call physician, who said as long as it had stopped, it should be fine, but my fiance is complaining of feeling like he has fluid in his chest, and is worried that some of the blood may have gotten down in there. He frequently feels like he has to cough, and tries to suppress it as much as possible b/c he is scared it will start to bleed again. He has been taking his meds at the regular 4 hour intervals, and eating/drinking as much as he can manage. So far he has managed to stay hydrated, but I'm worried about the bleeding and the potential for more in the next day or so. He was clearing his throat a lot the first day (which I told him not to do) and the doctor thinks this may be what caused the bleeding. Since the episode, he has not tried clearing his throat anymore, and it seems like that's working, but I'm still nervous.