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Tonsillectomy in Teenagers (What to Expect)

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Old 04-30-2016, 07:42 PM   #1
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Tonsillectomy in Teenagers (What to Expect)

I am 13 years old, female, and got my tonsils and adenoids removed just over one month ago.
I am the type of girl who does not do something without researching everything about whatever I am getting myself into first. I know there are other young teenagers like me that are fairly mature and very interested in what to expect, just to be prepared. Also, many parents, like my own, make sure they know about what their child will be going through.
I was living with very large adenoids (especially for my age, because they were supposed to shrink), and irritated tonsils along with frequent tonsil stones (that I coughed out) and a constant sore throat. My ENT specialist recommended that I just got an adenotonsillectomy before I became very infected.
When I got to the hostpital, everyone was very sweet and wishing me luck. I tend to get very jittery and sort of hyper when I am nervous, so after I put on my gown and was waiting for the surgery, I was a little jumpy. I eventually calmed down, but I still had a feeling of butterflies all throught my body.
When they brought me to the "holding room" (Where they put the IV in and you go straight from there to the OR), I was very nervous, because it was my very first surgery, and I had no idea what to expect. When the IV first went in, I felt a rush of, I don't know what that feeling was, but I felt a little different. Then, since I bleed very easily, blood began to run into the tube, which made my mother freak out, but I knew it was no big deal. That happened a few times, but they just put more of the IV fluid in and the blood was flushed out.
The nurses gave me some warm blankets and I was very cozy.
After about 20 minutes, another woman came and gave me some kind of shot that sedated me, and they began to roll me to the OR.
I felt so odd, I just remember being wheeled into the OR while saying "this is so weird". I felt really relaxed and I had very little control over what I was saying/doing.
When I got to the OR, I heard a bunch of people say "Hi" and introduce themselves. The a lady asked me to roll onto the operating table, so I did that. I was asked to put my head into a little spot that held it in place. Then I saw a bunch of people standing over my head. That's all I remember before the surgery. Also, the OR was very cold and bright, almost like a dream, or a freezer.

When I woke up, I was in a significant amount of pain and discomfort. It felt like somebody had put a thick coat of paper mache over my throat as well, which was not fun. I was also crying, because appearently the anesthesia does that... But I was also just rambling on. Luckily, I had no post-anesthesia nausea.
The rest of the time that I was in the hostpital was very uncomfortable because I was still a little bit loopy. The nurse gave me a dose of Hydrocodone, which suprisingly wore off an hour later. I also had like five Popsicles in the hostpital, and four cups of cold apple juice.
When they wheeled me out to the car, I was still loopy. I really didn't know what I was doing. It was pretty funny.
By the way, for some reason, my loopiness was very depressing. I seemed like I was suffering from depression, which is not true to me, but I guess that's just what medicine can do. I also didn't realize what just happened.
When I got home, I was very gloomy. I tried to have a Daninals yogurt, but I couldn't. I tried apple sauce, but I couldn't get it down. I also tried to have Popsicles, but I really couldn't get anything down.
I had visitors the first day I was home, but I just couldn't wait to just lay down, because I was so swollen I couldn't talk (I was even more swollen than I should have been, so they got my a steroid pill, which was very difficult because I took six pills a day, for six days).
By that night, I was in serious pain,but my parents gave me liquid acetaminophen instead of the Hydrocodone because they did not want me to rely on such a powerful drug.
The morning OMG! EVERY MORNING! EVEN A MONTH AFTER! The mornings were absolutely TERRIBLE! The pain was a 10/10 in the day, but in the morning, it was at least a 15/10. It was horrible! There was NO relief. The days were horrible.
Days 1-3 were pretty bad, and each day I thought "it can't get worse, I've already been through the worst today. Tomorrow will be better" but each day got worse. Days 4-5 were pretty bad, but days 6 & 7 were like endless 11/10.
Basically, it felt like I had just gotten my whole throat ripped out, and they just put paper mache over it and I was stuffed into an endless boredom. I did the same thing every day; nothing. I was bored and starving and in pain.
Day 7 to 8 was the worst, not in throat pain, but in pain + boredom + discomfort + depression (which I developed only in my recovery time but it was very bad). I didn't eat on day 6,7,8, or 9. It was terrible. On day 10 I was so miserable that my parents made me begin to take regular doses of the Hydrocodone. I was finally able to eat a little bit. The only thing I could eat was part of a can of Spaghettios each day.
Ps I went through about 90 Popsicles in the first week.
I recommend to eat as much as you can and just get coloring books. Make sure to take your medicine as much as the dose says, because the pain gets REALLY BAD if you don't. Also, you will probably have sleep trouble. If you wake up in the middle of the night, have a Popsicle (the Outshine strawberry ones were the best for me).

I hope this helps you just know what to expect, not really pain wise, but like what to expect overall throught the weird, painful experience.

Wishing you the best of luck with your tonsillectomy and recovery <3

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