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    Old 07-22-2006, 01:41 PM   #31
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    Re: Adult Tonsillectomy - Guide for Friends and Family

    I had mine pulled four days ago. I plan on authoring a digest of my days, but wanted to drop a line for anyone that is keeping up with this or having theirs done soon.

    I stressed myself out after reading this thread. Don't do this. Not worth the effort. Everything will be OK. Here are some quick notes before I post my digest.

    Take it easy. Don't let anyone make you feel guilty. You need to sleep as much as possible the first couple days.

    When you do think you are ready to do anything, see #1. I went for a ride in the car on day 3 and that was an adventure. I also took a shower. Be prepared to rest after you do anything. Attempt to do things, but don't push it. When you think you are feeling tired, then take a step back.

    With the exception of the morning, pain and swelling are getting better.

    I would avoid ice cream unless you drink lots of water after.

    Consider something like snow cones or Rita Italian Ice. You will get sick of the flavor, so crushing ice in a blender may be the way to go.

    Unless directed not too, crush your meds in applesauce. I had to do this with my Amoxacilin or I would not have been able to digest it.

    When you come out of recovery, ask for small ice cubes, I ate three cups of these while in recovery.

    Just typing this made me tired, so I am going to stop for now.

    Drink bottles of water. This will also determine how much you are drinking. I use about 16.9 oz bottle of water every 3 hours.

    Know that you will crave things differently. Sometimes I wanted my applesauce cold, sometimes room temp.

    Foods to consider as you work them in. Applesauce, mash potatoes, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs.

    Oh, there is this stuff called Boost which is like Ensure. It is not milk based but is a protein drink. My Dr. thought it was OK, but ask yours.

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    Old 07-22-2006, 01:42 PM   #32
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    Re: Adult Tonsillectomy - Guide for Friends and Family

    Oh, ask them to prescribe some anti-nausea meds for you. This will be important in the recovery too. One of my biggest fear was throwing up at anytime until my scars came off.

     
    Old 07-22-2006, 05:43 PM   #33
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    Re: Adult Tonsillectomy - Guide for Friends and Family

    I had my tonsils out on June 2nd. I haven't posted on here in a while, but I wanted to just to say one thing. The day after my surgery I threw up and nothing happened. I was freaking out thinking my scabs were going to come off, but I was fine. I just wanted to ease some people's minds about the whole throwing up thing.

     
    Old 07-23-2006, 06:15 AM   #34
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    Re: Adult Tonsillectomy - Guide for Friends and Family

    Thank you so much for all of this wonderful information. I am currently on day 6 and started the awful pain you described. I was cautious about taking my pain meds in the previous days because thanks to you I knew the pain was going to get worse before better. It is definitely much more difficult to consume fluids during this stage. Thank you so much for making this accurate information available.

     
    Old 07-23-2006, 08:20 AM   #35
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    Re: Adult Tonsillectomy - Guide for Friends and Family

    I just wanted to echo what AMacho said. I had my surgery on June 29th and on the second day I got super sick from my medication and threw up a LOT! But nothing happened to my throat at all....no bleeding or anything and for the most part it didn't hurt all that much. It sucked getting sick...but my throat was fine.

    Reminder - EAT when taking strong painkillers or you WILL get sick. The bottles on my meds didn't tell me to eat when taking so I took them every 4 hrs during the night and man o man was that a bad idea.

     
    Old 07-23-2006, 11:00 AM   #36
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    Re: Adult Tonsillectomy - Guide for Friends and Family

    I just wanted to post the followup to my earlier post.

    I am now on Day 24 and am about 95% recovered.

    Basically after day 12, each and every day I saw improvement. Talking became a little easier, eating got easier, etc... At this point, I can eat anything. My talking is pretty much back to normal. Very glad I had the surgery now that it is behind me. If you have tonsil stones, this is really the only fix and it is worth it if you ask me. Once you get past that 2nd stage, it is only uphill after that so good luck everyone.

    I keep reading about mashing up pills, but I don't know why any doctor would not prescribe the liquid amoxicillin. No good doctor would prescribe pills for pain or anti-biotics when liquids are available. So I would check with your doctor before hand about what medicines he will be prescribing. He should say Loritab Elixir (this is the medicine with the least side effects of nausea) and Liquid amoxicillin (pink stuff that actually tastes pretty goood). If they are prescribing you pills, I would be a little wary of your doc. Just my thoughts since I went to 3 ENTs before picking my surgeon.

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    Old 07-23-2006, 01:13 PM   #37
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    Re: Adult Tonsillectomy - Guide for Friends and Family

    well, just sharing my story.

    i got there at 6:30am this past tuesday, and they brought me right into a room with a bunch of other people on beds. i put on that little gown thing, and these really cool socks, and i lied down. they asked me a bunch of stupid questions, and then rolled me into an elevator, which took me to another floor, and then took me to another room. i started getting kind of nervous about the IV, because, well, they scare me to death. but then this little indian man came around the corner and smiled at me. he told me he was the anesteseologist (i tried) and that he was going to put the IV in. then he told me that i had a beautiful smile, and i was very beautiful, but not in a creepy man way, you know? so he said it would sting for a little, and it did, but then it was totally over. so then i sat there until about 8am, and then they rolled me into the OR. let me tell you, it was cold in there. then they made me shimmy over to another table (the operating table). so then, this lady came with like 2343263298562389 blankets, and put them on me. then her, the indian man, and the doctor kept putting things on me, and talking to me, and i couldn't understand them all at once, and it was freaking me out, and then i fell asleep. they didn't even ask me to count, i was just out. the first thing i remember waking up to is myself shivering so hard, it was ridiculous. then this attractive male nurse next to me said, 'i think you need some morphine, sweetie.' and stuck this thing in my arm that stung like hell. i couldn't tell anything that was going on for a good half an hour. i finally woke up when my mom came in around 10am. my mouth was really dry, and i was in SO MUCH PAIN, so they gave me ice cubes and more morphine. i was scheduled for a 10:30 department, so i was excited about that. they wheel me back to the original room where all my clothes are, take out the IV, and let me get up. my legs were like jello. it was so cool, but so annoying. so they let me get dressed and then a lady i had never seen before wheeled me out to my car in a wheelchair. anyway. when i came home, the pain wasn't that bad. the second and third day, however, was SO MUCH WORSE. on the third day i woke up and my ears were on fire. i tried eating on the fourth day, but it hurt too much. by yesterday, the fifth day, i could talk, but my voice is different. it's not even my voice. and i've eaten a little bit, but if i have more than 4 spoonfulls of whatever i'm eating (mashed potatoes, soup, etc.) it starts to hurt really badly. i also haven't slept a whole night through, and usually i'm up until 4am and then i sleep on and off until 12 in the afternoon. i'm starting to be able to swallow more, but my ears hurt so much. they're on FIRE. i'm sixteen years old, so it apparently hurts worse as you get older. maybe i'll get better soon.


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    Old 07-24-2006, 11:11 AM   #38
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    Re: Adult Tonsillectomy - Guide for Friends and Family

    why I had my tonsils out. This past year starting in Oct. I began to have strep over & over. I wound up on antibiotics 8 times this past 6 months & tested positive for strep the majority of those times. (some were repeat treatments as the strep did not want to go away). My tonsils were very enlarged after all of this.
    This year was not anything real new. Last year I had strep I think 4 times.

     
    Old 07-25-2006, 01:17 PM   #39
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    Re: Adult Tonsillectomy - Guide for Friends and Family

    WOW- Thank you so much for posting your helpful guide. I love it.

    I am still recovering and everyday, I'm just praying that things will get better. Everything that you mentioned, I will keep in mind and pray for the best. Thank you!

    Jeaney

     
    Old 07-26-2006, 12:07 AM   #40
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    Re: Adult Tonsillectomy - Guide for Friends and Family

    Thank you for the helpful guide!!!
    Wish I'd found this thread about 8 days ago...had my tonsils removed on July 17th, and I'm 34. Not a picnic by any means!!!!

    I will definitely be showing this to my husband...who is safely tucked in a slumber about now!!!!! While I'm up battling with the extreme discomfort!!!

     
    Old 07-26-2006, 04:05 PM   #41
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    Hi, I have an appointment with the ENT specialist next week, August 2nd. I'm hoping to get my tonsils out ASAP!! I've been having problems with them since October 2005....non-stop strep pretty much. I let it go for a few months, thinking I just had reoccuring colds, that my immune system was out of whack and thats what the sore throats were from. I had never had Strep before so I didn't even think that I had it.
    Well I finally went to the doctor when someone told me that if you have strep it won't go away until you get antibiotics, and my tonsils were looking pretty nasty! So turns out I had strep, and was put on Penicillin. My strep came back a few days after the penicillin. I went back and got different antibiotics. To make a long story shory, it keeps coming back after I'm done with the antibiotics. AND, I also got Guttate Psoriasis, which is a form of Psoriais that generally comes after a strep infection, and its not pretty or easy to treat! I've had to outbreaks of it since my strep started. I have it right now for the second time. I've read that in most people your outbreaks stop after a tonsillectomy.
    So, with anyones experience in scheduling surgery, how long after your dr decides you need a tonsillectomy before you actually have your surgery?? I'm just wondering how far out these guys are normally booked, because my tonsils hurt all the time now, no matter if I have a current strep outbreak or not, and I'm so depressed right now because of this psoriasis thing, that I don't even want to be out in public because I hate how my skin looks-its on my legs, arms, chest, stomach, back, and starting on my scalp again.

     
    Old 07-26-2006, 07:30 PM   #42
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    Re: Adult Tonsillectomy - Guide for Friends and Family

    Shananana,

    I went to see the ENT Dr. on June 20th of this year and they scheduled my Tonsillectomy for one week later on the 27th. I in turn had to cancel due to some conflicts and are scheduled to go back in for surgery next Tuesday on the 1st. I am a little nervous but this forum has totally helped in calming my fears. I think it will all just depend on where you live and how busy your Dr. is. Good Luck!

     
    Old 07-26-2006, 09:12 PM   #43
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    Well, I had mine out today. Went to the hospital at 8:30, finally left 12 hours later. For me, right after waking up was horrible, untill they gave me wonderful morphine. After a few hours, when on the pain meds, it wasn't so bad just sitting there, but swallowing is not fun. I have issues with my own spit let alone liquids. And the ear pain suuuuucks. So if this is just phase one, I am NOT looking forward to phase two. But hey, what doesn't kill you just makes you stronger.

     
    Old 07-27-2006, 12:00 AM   #44
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    Re: Adult Tonsillectomy - Guide for Friends and Family

    Hey there! I just has mind out today too! oh my god! This sucks! It's 2:00 and I can't sleep. I am waiting to take my pain meds again at three.
    Just keep drinking no matter how bad it hurts! It is the only thing that is saving me. I am starving and I can't seem to get anything down so that's no fun either. I'm looking forward to the ear pain too.
    Keep your head up. We will both be feeling better soon.

    You can do it!

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    Old 07-27-2006, 12:12 AM   #45
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    Re: Adult Tonsillectomy - Guide for Friends and Family

    It will be 10 days ago as of this morning since I had mine out...and I'm STILL up all hours of the night...hence my post now...............had a pretty good day today!!!!! Actually felt about 25% human today til later this afternoon, then felt like crud again, and still feeling crummy...

     
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