It’s a little after midnight and I’m officially on Day 10 of my tonsillectomy recovery. This week has been a roller coaster. I started out feeling better on Monday. Then that night, things just went downhill.
I am taking pain medicine every 2 hours, and really after about 1.5hrs I’m in pain and counting down those last 30 minutes. Well, this means in the middle of the night I have to wake myself up every 2 hours. For 3 nights in a row beginning Monday night, I turned my alarm off and went back to sleep when I was supposed to take my meds, resulting in me waking up later in excruciating pain. Like, I really cannot describe this pain to you. It was awful.
This started a bad cycle because instead of staying on top of the pain, I then had to “catch up” to the pain… Which sometimes took until lunch time.
Anyway, the pain has been awful, I have been getting no sleep, and I haven’t been able to eat. This is pretty much the recipe for misery and I called my doctor crying yesterday. He assured me everything sounded normal, he wasn’t concerned about me eating as long as I was staying hydrated and that I would definitely be feeling better by the 2 week mark.
Yesterday and today were the first “good” days I have had since my surgery. I use the term “good” pretty loosely because I still had moments of pretty bad pain and still generally felt uncomfortable the whole day. I was able to eat more and had macaroni and cheese and broccoli soup. Even then, I had maybe 1/2 c of each of them before it was too painful :( I know I should be happy that I have progressed to this point but damn, enough is enough!
I’m cautiously optimistic about the next few days. I do feel better but have talked to people who thought they were better and all of the sudden were in pain again (because their scabs were coming off). So that makes me scared since this has already sucked so much.
The most annoying thing about this entire experience is that people do not really understand that adults do not recover the same as kids with tonsillectomies. I mean, I didn’t either until I had the procedure myself but you really shouldn’t weigh in on people’s medical situations if you don’t know what you’re talking about. I want to drop kick every person who keeps telling me to eat ice cream…. I’m not even supposed to eat ice cream yet.
Sorry, just had to vent!
So that’s where I’m at. I do feel like I’m on the down hill so that’s good. I also think if I can start decreasing my pain meds then I can get more sleep… So I want to try to do that when I’m able to tolerate it.