“All the ice cream you could ever want.”
This is the statement I had in the back of my head when I prepared to have my tonsils removed. And if you’re wondering if that is true I am here to let you know that it is absolutely FALSE. In fact, there was no ice cream at all for the first week. Believe me, I tried to get just a teensy spoonful down. Knowing I couldn’t eat anything but ice chips and Ensure meal replacement, my husband still went out to get me Friendlys Ice Cream. He even had the employee puree the ice cream into the creamiest milkshake ever…. It took me FOUR days to eat that thing! All four days hurt but I wanted it and the ice chips weren’t making the grade!
Now I am 5 weeks past the surgery and it appears that I made the right decision. Many of my friends who had the procedure done said that it would be hellacious for the first 10 days (at least) but after that it got better and in the end it would be the best thing they did (for their throat). I’m starting to see that come to fruition and am grateful that I had a good surgeon and even better friends who counseled me through the fear and anticipation.
And though my title says ‘life after a tonsilectomy’ and may imply after the recovery too I’m including life immediately after I woke up from anesthesia. I’d like to say, for the record that the recovery was in fact hellacious. Notable moments include: vomiting, not eating anything substantial for 10 days, not talking (at all) for a solid 8 days, not seeing my children for 10 days, not being able to move out of my bed for 5 days due to zero energy, scabs on the back of the throat, and not being able to lay on my back b/c I’d suffocate from the swollen uvula; oh did I mention rectal suppositories for the vomiting? I could go on but I think there’s plenty for the reader here to say “Yuck- thanks for sharing!”.
So, I’m back on the blog and hope to be seeing your comments and blog entries.