Posted 4/5/2010 6:45 AM (GMT -7)
Good Morning Michelle,
Big breath and know you will make it through the surgery. Here is a bit of info that may help you :)
Recovery may be more painful — and take longer — in adults and teens than in children. Several things can help with recovery after tonsillectomy:
Take medications as directed. If your doctor prescribed antibiotics, make sure you take the entire course exactly as prescribed.
Avoid catching anything contagious. You're more susceptible to infection than usual after surgery. Avoid crowds and exposure to anyone who might be ill.
Stay hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water or drink a hydration beverage, such as Gatorade, even though it may be painful to swallow. Dehydration is a common problem after tonsillectomy. It can increase throat pain making it even harder to drink or eat. Sucking on ice cubes or frozen fruit pops, eating ice cream or sherbet, and drinking cold liquids can help ease throat pain. It can also be helpful to use a cool-mist humidifier to moisten the air
Eat cool, soft and bland foods at first. Examples include ice cream, applesauce, jello, pudding and cold soups. You can eat solid foods when you're ready, but avoid foods that are crispy, brittle or have hard edges, such as chips or pizza — these may cause bleeding. Also avoid acidic or sour foods such as orange juice, which will sting your throat. Gum chewing may be beneficial in helping with pain and healing.
Don't take pain medications that can increase bleeding. You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), but ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, others) or aspirin may increase your risk of bleeding.
As an adult you should expect 10 to 14 days of serious downtime, with much of that time on narcotic-strength pain medication. I am sure your physician may have other info for you and remember I am not a physician. Please do have your questions ready for your surgeon but again know that you will make it through the surgery and recovery...................you will just have a nasty sore throat for a bit.
Take care and know I am here to support you.
Remember that Tylenol comes in liquid form and try to stay on top of the pain post-op.