‘Ice Cream is Overrated”
Last Wednesday (8/1) I had my tonsils removed. The days leading up to the surgery I was nervous. It was my first time being put to sleep and the support system I always had was no longer there. I prayed the night before and woke up the day of surgery calm and ready. When I awoke from surgery my throat was sore. The nurse gave me some water to drink. OWW! She gave me some liquid medicine. Even a stronger OWW! ’Please don’t let me have this type of pain for two weeks!’
By the time I arrived at home, the medicine (hydrocodone) had kicked in. I thought I’d be tired the rest of the day, but I stayed wide awake until 4am. Water became my best friend and although my throat was sore, it wasn’t the ’death pain’ I’d heard from others. Thursday I moved on to milkshakes and applesauce. It was still very uncomfortable to swallow, but not terribly painful. ‘Hey maybe I’m the wonder girl and my pain doesn’t exist!’……….. So, I stop taking my pain medicine. BAD IDEA!!! By Friday afternoon my throat (and now ears) was throbbing. I had to take my medicine every four hours just so the soft foods would go down. This made me very loopy. A friend found it exciting that I could swallow but not suck (get your head out of the gutter)
Monday was my worst day. I couldn’t sleep all night. I went to get a smoothie and couldn’t even drink it. The pain shot straight to my ears. It hurt to even swallow. ’I can’t stand this! I changed my mind. I want my tonsils back!’ I had to spend a couple of hours yelling internally, crying outwardly and just being dissatisfied with the entire experience…and then I was fine.
I still haven’t been back to work this week and am taking my time with eating solid foods. I look at the two open wounds where my tonsil used to be and look forward to the scabs forming and falling off. I’m sick of ice cream/smoothies/icees etc. They don’t soothe your throat, they just remind of the pain that exists in your mouth. I haven’t planned my first real meal, yet, because it would be just a tease. But, this too shall pass!
M.Y. August 2007