I just had my tonsils removed on October 17th making today 5 days post-op. I am a 32 year old male and have been putting off surgery for years for fear or bleeding and pain.
Honestly though it wasn't that bad. I'm on day 5 and I would recommend this surgery (Coblation method) to anyone who has enlarged tonsils cryptic tonsils and sleep apnea like myself.
How I survived (and still surviving) WATER!
Seriously, I cannot stress this enough. I've been drinking water constantly since being in recovery and it means I don't have dry throat/horrible pain. I bought tons of water and two bags of ice chips and it's been a life saver. I always have a glass of cold or luke warm water in front of me. 24 hours a day. Do it!
I also have a warm water humidifier it's been great too. I keep it on all night as the warm air makes breathing a lot easier.
I use a cold pack called the Bed Buddy. It goes in the freezer over night to get cold and i use it as needed. Mostly when I'm eating and that was only for the first 4 days. It also doubles as heating pad which warms in the microwave. My plan was to use this for the ear aches, but I haven't expereinced those yet. As this is day 5 I'm hoping to avoid ear pain all together.
hard boiled eggs
mashed potatoes and gravy
today I had chicken fried rice and a cupcake!
So far I've been able to sleep 3 to 4 hours at a time in order to be on schedule with my pain meds (Roxicet)
Waking up though is when the pain is at it's worst because you haven't been hydrating. My suggestion is to keep water next to the bed or couch you're sleeping on and take lots of small sips when you wake up to adjust your throat and not shock it.
It's also important to have a long suffering friend/friends/partner to help nurse you back. Luckily my wife to be has taken off from work to be home with me, but it's still hard on one person so I've had some of my friends come by to give her a break. This is important in everyone's sanity.
Other suggestions for making it through is rent lots of movies. I also listen to lots of NPR programs like "snap judgement" "this american life" and I also play video games. It's important to have something to distract your from the pain/healing process.
I hope this helps. As I've said I'm on day 5 post op so I've still got a ways to go before I'm completely recovered. I'll post my progress later in the week.