Re: sore throat
Hang in there, Marcia. The sore throat varies with how much we need to speak throughout the day, and how irritated it was post-surgery. Keep drinking liquids, and try honey or honey-based lozenges (I think Ricola makes some, and there's also honey candy...). Slippery Elm (or slippery elm lozenges) are also good, as is Licorice, but these herbs have other effects on the body so don't take them more than 3-4 times a day.