Having Tonsils Removed As An Adult

Tonsils

Well, I had my tonsils removed last Thursday because I had had a swollen tonsil for over a month and the doctor said they would have to come out. So I agreed and set up the appointment. I really wasn’t worried about it leading up to the operation. I knew that it was going to be out-patient and had heard everyone say ‘It’s harder on adults’. But I didn’t want to get all freaked out. I was resigned to have to eat ice cream and popsicles for a few days until my throat was ready for rougher foods. Little did I know. (By the way, just for reference, I’m a 38 yr old white male.)

Day 1

After arriving at the hospital and being prepped (prepped involved getting the little gown on, putting the IV in my hand and giving me anti-nausea meds) they wheeled me into surgery. I remember the two techs putting the medicine in my IV and the mask on my face. After that I remember waking up in the recovery room about 30 minutes later. My throat was sore and I felt a little nauceous. The nurse was very attentive and got me my MP3 player and some ice water and an ice pack for my throat.

When they were sure that I was OK and wasn’t going to throw up they sent me home. The rest of the day I spent mostly sleeping and taking my hydrocodone pain medicine. If I tried to get up I felt nauceous so I mostly stayed in bed. But I was up every hour on the hour through the night. I couldn’t get comfortable.

Day 2

Day two was better. My throat was in pain but I was able to get up and get around. I even did some chores around the house. I wasn’t able to eat, though. Sherbert ice cream and kool-aid were my friends (other than my hydrocodone). I took a flashlight and looked in the back of my mouth and saw the ‘scabs’. It was gross. There was a yellowish-white layer of muck that was covering the sides of my throat and my uvula. And my uvula was swollen.

Days 3-6

These were definately the worst days so far. By day five I had lost about 10 pounds. My throat would hurt a lot if I overslept and missed my medication by half an hour or an hour. The yellowish-white ‘scabs’ seemed to be growing in my throat and on my still swollen uvula. I tried eating chicken noodle soup, ramen noodles and mini raviolis. All didn’t take well. So I stuck with the applesauce and ice cream. Oh, another fun thing that popped up in this time period, my jaw tightened up and hurt a lot. I couldn’t open my mouth very wide.

One thing that I thought of was that, after my surgery it was like a switch flipped in my head and told me ‘You won’t be eating very much for a while’. So I really didn’t feel hunger pains that much. Occasionally, yes but I was surprised how little I felt hungry as opposed to before the operation. Oh, and something else: Hiccups don’t help your throat much. Ouch!

Day 7

Scabs started coming off in little bits. Mostly it would come out inlittle bits in my spit. (gross, I know but it’s the truth) I don’t know how much went down my throat but my throat and uvula were looking clearer. I’ve lost about 12 pounds by now. Still can’t eat anything solid. Still need my pain medicine (running low, though. No more refills left). Jaw is still stiff and hurts. Hoping tomorrow is better.

Day 8

Tryed to ween myself off of the pain medicine. It worked until I tried to eat some pasta for dinner. Plus, I was down to my last bottle and I wanted to make it last if I had to. I could feel the scabs starting to come off. Still not eating too much. Going to try not to take my pain medicine tonight.

**Update**

Well, I was able to go off of my pain medicine after Day 9. Now it is a few days until my three week checkup. I’m finally able to gulp liquids instead of taking one sip and having to swallow it then take another. I’m able to eat chips and such. I chew a little extra for now just to make sure that it is broken up small. A couple complaints that I have is that my jaw is still sore on one side when I try to open it wide. Yawning is tough because it hurts when I stretch my throat muscles. Still can’t eat foods that are big because I can’t open my mouth very wide. But each day it gets better so I’m sure it will be fine soon.

Also, foods still taste a little strange. I hope that’s going to go away soon. I’ll be very upset if stuff tastes different. Oh, and some squishy food seems to get caught in the back of my throat until I wash it down with a drink or swallow a lot. I hope this helps anyone who is going to go through this process as an adult. It’s definately tough. I’ve gained back several pounds I’m sure from the twelve that I lost. Another good thing is that I never bled or threw up. I hear that is horrible. ┬áBest of luck to you and share your stories with me if you can!

3 Responses to Having Tonsils Removed As An Adult

  1. Sarah P says:

    Oh boy did you hit the nail right on the head. I am finishing up day 6 right now. I feel like someone is stabbing my in the ears with screwdrivers. I have had a considerable amount of swelling and the Dr’s gave me more pain meds. I have been liviwng off of water with honey and also drinking gatorade. Anything thicker than water I gag on. I am glad to know that I am not the only one ha ha ha. Oh by the way I am a 28 yr old female who has 2 kids. Would gladly go through child birth again!

  2. Mamabear says:

    I am 37 years old and waiting for a date for surgery. Thank you so much for writing this blog as it seems to be so truthful, and there is nothing like the truth! But I am sure I could handle child-birth easier than what I am in for. Update to follow …….

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