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Old 12-23-2007, 12:22 PM   #1
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Adult tonsillectomy - my recent experience

Now I will preface by stating: I hope this early posting doesn't come back to haunt me .

I had my tonsillectomy done on Thursday morning (12/20) at around 8:00

I have never been put under before for anything so I was nervous to say the least. Combine that with reading the horror stories from most others on this board and let's just say I wasn't too anxious to get it done.

I never really had any issues with my tonsils until recently when I began waking myself up from snoring (very heavy sleeper) and every morning for the last 6 months I have fought with constant mucas build up (hairballs) all throughout the day. My tonsils have always been abnormally large, almost touching the uvula when healthy, and certainly doing so when ill (not very often though)

My specialist (Dr. Lee - St. Claires Hospital - Schenectady NY) told me that there should be 2.5 fingers of space between them and have < .5 of a finger so although he never recommends adults getting them out, I would probably live a better life without them - so I said sign me up.

Anyway when I got there Thursday morning I got ready, hooked up to an IV, then given a sedative - then I woke up in recovery. That's all I remeber, it was great! I immediately began eating ice chips and talking without problems. I reovered for about 2 hours after waking up (10:00 - 12:00) then they sent me on the way.

When I got home I began my Tylenol w/codeine and my Antibiotic. As the night went on, the pain became worse. On top of which I have acid reflux so that didn't help things at all. And I was very congested. So sleeping didn't happen. If I tried to sleep sitting up the acid reflux would act up and my chest would feel like it was going to explode. If I laid down, the post nasal drip with drip into the back of my throat causing me to gag and cough (ouch).
I had nothing to eat, but lots of liquids.

Day 2 was much of the same but worse, was able to sleep for a couple of hours 2 different times. I would say the paing would not have been that bad (maybe 7 in throat, 5 in ears), but the other symptoms were making things worse - I wanted to cry. I beleive I ate a couple of popsicles and had some gatorade.

Day 3 - things started to feel better, my acid reflux and congestion had decreased and so did the pain. I ate sherbert, popsicles, and pastina. Very small amounts but it felt good finally to eat something.

Day 4 - today - I woke not feeling all that great, but that was because I finally slept for 6+ hours, and didn't have my Tylenol + codeine for 5.5 of those. I took it, and starting drinking and started feeling good. I would put my pain (with medicine) at 3 for both the ears and throat. I had some macoroni and cheese, banana (very ripe), part of a pop tart and some flavored water.

What will days 5-10 bring? I'm sure from what I've read nothing great but I will repost and let everyone else know. Bottom line is - I have done most of the suggested things from around these forums and it seems to have helped a bunch. I have a cool mist humidfier running at all times, I have cold packed my throat 3 or so times a day, have drank at least 40 ounces of cold fluids per day (probably should be more) I have not skipped any medicine (including while sleeping) and I've tried to be positive (hard). Oh yeah and the foods I eat I chew till they are basically fluid anyway. Good luck and hope this helps those who are going to get the procedure done. I will repost after day 10 and see if I'm still so lucky!

 
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:31 PM   #2
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Re: Adult tonsillectomy - my recent experience

defnitely post more post day 4 experiences!

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Old 12-25-2007, 08:50 PM   #3
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Re: Adult tonsillectomy - my recent experience

Did you puke?! My surgery is 12/27 and I'm scared to death.

 
Old 12-25-2007, 10:59 PM   #4
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No I did not puke. Thankfully I had no ill effects from getting knocked out, and also have had no blood what so ever throughout the first 6 days. I how now got through another 2 days and had a nice Christmas dinner, including chicken, mash potatoes, deviled eggs, and a couple of cookies. I think my scabs will be falling off in the next couple of days - which I imagine is not going to be fun!

Good luck and don't sweat it. I seem to be one of the only "positive posters", but I think that's because most other "good experience" peoplearen't searching the web to find these forums.

 
Old 12-26-2007, 11:42 AM   #5
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You are a day ahead of me - had mine out on Friday 21st Dec and couldn't believe how ok I felt for the first few days but at times yesterday and increasingly today it is starting to hurt and I'm getting worried. Have read all 34 pages of a previous thread and am really scared now!! Am drinking as much as poss and just started chewing gum - something white came out of my mouth earlier - could that be a scab? Thought it was a bit early at day 5!? Also does that include day of op? If so I'm day 6 - just feel like trying to sleep till day 10 if possible!!!
Fingers crossed it doesn't get any worse for us!

 
Old 12-26-2007, 02:35 PM   #6
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Hi There,

I'm new to all of this. I, too, just got my tonsils out on Friday the 21st. FINALLY!...I am 36, actually 37 in a week and have needed them out since I was a child. I also got a septomplasmy done..to correct a deviated septum.

I also got all of the warnings of "adult tonsilectomy" that it is worse than child birth-OH PLEASE!...I do not have the experience of child birth, but I can with quite confidence say that that is crazy. This is extremely painful but I knew that going in and compared to the tonsillitis and strept throats I've had in the past, I must admit it's not AS bad as I prepared myself for. AND, I know this time that this will be one of the last sore throats I should ever get...making the suffering bearable.

My advice to people preparing for it would be...give yourself the time...dont try to schedule this surgery and have to go back to work a few days later, dont do that to yourself, PLUS...you're not going to be able to!...I'm on day 5 post Op and day one was the easiest, I think because I had leftover morphine in my system, it has gotten progressively worse,with some easing up today. Deftinately use a humidifier, cant imagine the dryness of the throat and nose without one,,,double the pain...ice as much as possible, drink alot and my doc said chew gum, which I saw someone else wrote...I do that, must be to get saliva moving I guess. Sleeping is tough, I am up every couple of hours too taking more meds, I am currently on roxicet (liquid perc)..works pretty good

I have my first post op check up tomorrow and will let you know how that goes....I did peek, it looks gross, so I cant tell...but I am just so excited for the light at the end of the tunnel, for no more strept throats...and to be able to breathe better through my nose and at night, I had a touch of sleep apnea too due to large tonsils......anyone lose weight yet?? admittedly that is a total perk, I told everyone my new diet plan was called TONSILLECTOMY! HA....I feel thinner, speaking of which I'm starving!! any ideas on what else I can eat???????????? besides, shebert, broth, jello....boring

thanks for the feedback, its nice to know others are going through this as well...especially through the holidays....I missed Christmas and I will miss my birthday as well...its new years eve!!

I still say it's worth it....has anyone else had both the septum and tonsils done?

 
Old 12-27-2007, 02:14 PM   #7
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ok, so I had my first post op appt today, but it was for my nose, the septum...they took out two splints the size of my head from my nose!...I knew I had one, I didnt even know there was one in my other nostril...geez....but things look good....although I think things are gonna start to get worse heading into days 6-10 for my throat when scabs should be coming off...i'm scared! anyone in that stage yet?? how's it going??

how are you doing tonsilless..you had yours out the same day as me????

 
Old 12-27-2007, 02:46 PM   #8
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Saraw08...your surgery was today...how'd it go?...I hope you didnt throwup that was your concern...I never did, thank God. Hope you are doing well...first few days shouldnt be toooo bad, take your meds regularly.

 
Old 12-27-2007, 06:15 PM   #9
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Hollie thank you so much for asking! Yep it was today. I'm at home right now watching a TON of movies. The pain is pretty bad.... Feels like a bad case of strep... Looked in the back of my throat and it really doesn't look as bad as I thought.

Trying to keep up on the pain meds.... I have an anxiety disorder so when I woke up and didn't know where I was I got scared and my stomach kinda got churny but I didn't puke. I've been taking vicodin and dramamine and that seems to do the trick, but I keep nodding off sitting up. I'm glad I didn't puke, but I was in the prep room sobbing beforehand. Luckily my dear boyfriend is here with me and taking very good care of me.

Also I can't talk.... I know some people seem to be able to talk just fine, but it hurts soooo much. I'm communicating by writing. Is this normal?

Also I'm peeing a LOT. Could that be from the saline they gave me? I'm also pushing a ton of water so I'm constantly feeling full. I've had about 48 oz of water so far and am keeping going!

So far I've had one popcicle and a small thing of applesauce (spiked with my Vicodin of course!). Then just a lot of water.... I don't see myself eating a whole lot.... Maybe I'll have some mashed pots and broth later. We'll see!

Hollie, keep me posted on your pain levels and whatnot during the second stage. I'll be getting there eventually. Also, had I been you I might have fainted when those splints were removed. Brave woman!

 
Old 12-28-2007, 06:02 AM   #10
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Hi Hollie - yep we had our ops the same day - it's def getting worse but is still bearable BUT I am literally necking the painkillers as soon as I can - 3 sorts and taking them all religiously. I'm finding that it's worse for me in the eves which is kind of diff from what others have said - it gets harder to swallow and eat as the day goes on. However, I have actually put on weight - am I the first person ever?! Gutted, I was looking forward to shedding the pounds but because I felt so well to begin with AND I'd heard that you had to keep eating cause it helps the scabs or something so I've hardly skipped anymeals and will need a diet after I've recovered from this! Have just had a mini-banoffee pie - totally recommend though it burned a little towards the end.
Sara - I am also on the loo loads, def cause of all the water I think.
Well it's day 7 now (am I working that out right - not including the day of the op?) and am expecting it to get worse over next few days and then start improving - was hoping for a glass or 2 on new years eve as off the anti-biotics now - hope you can manage some for your birthday hollie?
Off to have a warm bath & nap now - def not doing anthing is the way forward - my husband is totally taking the kids at all times.
PS Having done child birth I agree with you - this is no-where near as bad though it is a lot more prolonged and my stoumach is starting to resemble it's post birth state

 
Old 12-28-2007, 10:36 AM   #11
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Weird, Tonsiless.. I havent weighed myself and don't really intend to. I'm trying so hard to eat but my stomach feels constantly full... I'm not nauseated per se but my stomach just feels full and icky.

I'm about 24 hours post up now. My anxiety is kinda flaring up and I'm tasting blood when I swallow sometimes, but nothing ever comes up when I try to spit it up. I tried to gargle, but it made me gag and feel like puking so I've given up on that.

Whenever I take my meds (Vicodin) I take a dramamine and it's still working but making me sleepy. I don't like going to sleep though for some reason. So in my attempt to stay awake I nodded off with my water bottle in my hand and spilt everywhere last night!

God this sucks, and I've only just begun....

Also quick question....I've been REALLY gassy. Like some serious flatulance.... Happening to anyone else?

 
Old 12-28-2007, 12:19 PM   #12
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HA!...I am laughing Sara, because I totally had "flatulance" too! I think the first couple of days it was because of the anesthesia coming out, its a form of gas too...so let 'er rip!..the last thing you need is cramps on top of it, speaking of which constipation could be a side effect of the narcs too, so some docs recommend starting a laxative or atleast a stool softener right from the get go, I didnt and actually have the opposite problem, I havent gone really since surgery....havent eaten too much either, but the last couple of days I have had....lets call it "wet gas"....ewwww...dont worry I am on the toilet at the time...!
And I, too, fall asleep randomly...once with a bottle of water that went all over my bed and once with red popsicles (my husband cuts them into bits for me so I can take them with a spoon-no sucking required..that would hurt) and I totally just nodded off, they melted and went everywhere..I woke to a sticky, red, wet mess all in my bed again....but I rang my bell (yes I have one..cliche, but very handy!)...and my hubby changed my sheets!...which sidebar...heres to all the people taking such great care of us, def couldnt go through this alone!! So heres to the caretakers!! THANKS

The peeing is also normal, I do a lot too. which at first I thought was odd, but between the IV in the hospital and the fluids its a good thing, if you stop then that probably means you're not drinking enough. so good for you Sara to drink so much, I know its hard,,,,but smart. Also Tonsiless is right stay on top of those meds, before it hurts (which I know is never!)...matter of fact, I havent been able to get a full nights sleep yet, I am up through the night every 2-4 hours...and I take my meds throughout the night which helps...another big thing thats helped me a ton I think is icing my neck...I put an ice pack on mostly the front of my neck (throat) but also on the back and ,my face for less time and I swear this has helped tons with the swelling which in turn helps with the pain, do this often...also chew the gum I have to cut a small piece in half because opening my mouth that big to chew hurt the first few days but it helps...constantly salivating, and swallowing helps with the throat..and the chewing helps the jaw feel better after being open during surgery...also keep the tongue moist and even brush it with a toothbrush and paste...spit gently..but this helps too.

AND Sara, you said you peeked at your throat and it didnt look too bad, thats good, mine didnt either...it gets worse...ha..not to scare you but the first day or 2 its mostly red with a little white..then it will turn completely white where you once had tonsils...it looks gross and almost infected, its not, what it is is the scabs....the all white is good and normal...by the second week this will start to shed, this is when its supposed to hurt bad...oh and try not to gargle...OUCH...today I spit up a tiny amount of blood so maybe a small piece came off but I am just drinking and being patient...still painful but not hell yet...after I wake is the worst...so I immediately take pain meds, ice my throat and have a popsicle and water its my routine and within 15 mins I feel better. and Sara dont fight it, you need sleep and your body will just nod you off anyways as you discovered, plus the more you sleep, the more time goes by and the closer to better you are!

Tonsiless...that sucks that you gained weight...! ha..maybe you needed to....I feel like I have lost but am not weighing myself yet....I feel about 5+ pounds slimmer so far though...heres to hoping

I felt good enough to eat mac and cheese yesterday, it took me an hour! but I did it, but then today, back to soup....which by the way chicken and rice is really easy to get down....and I crush and already chewable vitamin and put in on a spoon with water and take it with daily...so worried about malnutrition, have heard horror stories, but truthfully in that regard I feel great....weak as hell though..its takes all i have to make it to the bathroom!!!...but you should get up every couple of hours and wiggle your feet while in bed...blood clot prevention!!
and yeah, your right Tonsiless we're on day 7.....I dont think I am going to be able to have a drink on my b-day (but thanks!)....but you never know...let me know if you do...I am afraid the worst for us is coming ..eeek...maybe not though, we'll see................

oh and one more tip for Sara....try to eat even though you dont want to , this will prevent nausea and I know thats your biggest concern...all those narcs and nothing in you belly may catch up with you ...even soup or something...slimfast that has the nutrients, and tastes like a shake..good luck, keep me posted!
a bath and nap sounded good...I'm in!

 
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p.s. I wonder how golfgod is doing????? he was one day ahead of us--how are you out there?????

 
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That made me laugh Hollie - yep I'm on the more constipated side of the fence but as I've only had about 1 piece of fruit all week I guess that figures! Very pleased we're on day 7 - I have to say though that I don't think I'm getting it anywhere near as bad as you guys. Once I read about the gum chewing, I started on the extra and can do a whole piece no prob. Last few eves have been pretty hard and it's tough eating dinner but I do manage & I actually feel ok tonight & have just eaten a waffle with maple syrup !!! I know, it's no wonder I'm putting on weight and no, I really didn't need to, quite the opposite but will just worry about that when I'm out the other side?!! I haven't been napping much lately but have been sleeping all night - am scared of not doing that so am laying off the sleep in the day but I am lying on my butt all day. So, day 7, not as bad as I'd feared - I even read the kids their bedtime story tonight as my husband has gone out for a well earned drink (I'm with you Hollie - they are saints!!) He's taking kids out tom so I have a whole day of sleeping, reading & dvd watching - will keep you posted. This site is totally keeping me sane but do feel lucky and hope that a nightmare isn't waiting around the corner!

PS Re bday drink you should totally do it - I had an experimental wine yesterday and it burnt a bit but wasn't totally bad!! Am working up to a cosmopolitan!!!

 
Old 12-28-2007, 03:50 PM   #15
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Thanks for the advice, Tonsiless.

It hurts so bad to open my mouth so I won't be doing that anymore to look at my throat. I just can't talk. When I do I sound like I'm gagging. It's weird...

Also.... running a fever about 100.5. What can I do about this?

I eat all my pills with applesauce so I think I'm doing all right. I'm just not hungry at all. I'll try and force myself to eat though. Keep me posted, you guys!

 
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