I had a tonsillectomy at the age of 34. I also had surgery on my neck so I had that pain to manage as well. I remember that my throat was extremely sore and I wasnt back to normal for about 2 weeks. My doctor never changed my menu at the hospital so I was given normal food. Couldn't really eat although I tried. After a while I learned to take food with sips of water so it could be swallowed. You have to make sure that you take in calories, otherwise you will lose alot of weight. I remember eating popsicles alot but I think the extreme cold hurt my throat. I tried soft things like eggs, yogurt (not mashed potatoes, too sticky) After my surgery, I was on morphine for 1 day ( maybe because of my neck surgery). I started taking darvocet after that, and with a little practice and manipulation, I was able to swallow the pill.( It's a pretty big pill too). I know vicodin comes in liquid form. You have to be able to manage your pain. Also darvocet is an anti inflammatory and will reduce swelling. All in all, it wasnt that bad. I've had worse things happen to me, but thats another story. Like I said before, you will be back to normal in about 2 weeks. Hang in there. I'm sure it'll be worth it in the long run.