BedSleeping is another big challenge during your recovery. You should not expect to sleep anywhere near your normal number of hours nor the schedule that you normally have.

The obvious reason for this is the pain. It will keep you awake and it will wake you up. It is therefor extremely important to plan your sleep around your medication schedule. Its also important to consider when you drink water as your throat gets very dry when you are sleeping.

The best strategy is to take your pain medication schedule and plan to eat about half an hour after taking your medication and then if possible fall asleep afterwards. This gives you the maximum time to sleep with the pain medication in your system. Most of the pain medication will wear off within 3-4 hours after which you may naturally wake up from the pain.

You need to decide whether you want to set an alarm to force you to wake up and take some more medication and drink water or to just continue sleeping. The advantage of waking up with an alarm is that you hydrate your throat and keep a constant level of pain medication in your system. As always I strongly recommend that you follow your doctors recommendation.

Sweet dreams!

43 Responses to “Sleeping”

  • Troy:

    I’m 29 year old male and I am now 4 days post surgery. Without a doubt I can say sleeping has been the worst part of the recovery. As explained above, when you are sleeping you aren’t hydrating and not taking the pain killers on a “regular” schedule. I have found that sleeping “up right” (either propped up with pillows in bed or in the recliner), and drinking lots when I do wake up has helped the most. Last night I didn’t do this, and woke up at about 4am in severe pain – after getting down a popsicle and then some water and a couple pain killers I felt better; but it was an excruciating 1.5 hours

    HYDRATION seems to be the key to doing well! Best of luck if your recovering from a tonsillectomy!

    • Angelica:

      …puh…your knight in sinhing armour…can hold back any puh…”puh”roblems! :)i don’t have sleeping troubles, though i prefer the night alot, when all the people in the world are asleep and not rushing about to fill their hollows.* + you had a “busy” & expansive opening to this new year…your soul knows what it is doing, asking you things. listen. + besides, you are an artist, you can dream standing up! don’t sleep to dream, dream willfully and see what happens. (if you’d like another lecture, 🙂 … say Puh, puh, three times and call your “Nightmorr” …whatever that is…Morran, perhaps. (?) why is that little orange place, connected here? is it a resting house?

    • Yasin:

      Hi Tricia, I’d love to visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens someday. It must be grgeoous.. Your pictures are always GREAT from there…I looked at the list of 12 –and the Bluebonnet Festival in Texas is on it… I attended that festival several times when I lived in Texas. Loved it!!!Hugs,Betsy

  • JP:

    I am 39yrs. old and a week post op from haveing my tonsails and remaining atnoids removed. Yes hyration and pain medication are the key to doing the best you can. And your pain medication cycle will be your food and sleep cycle. There is no way around it. It took me three painfull (very painfull) days to realize and I have,had,two back surgeries.
    Sleeping around three hours is as far as I can go without drinking water and then an,hour later pain meds. Any longer and it is very painful to get the mouth moving again abd lubricated. So set an alarm for three hours at a time. But u really,dont have to cause your mouth will wake you up. Try not to sleep with a fan on or things that cause the air to dry. A humidifier by your bed,will help great. I hear about there being a light at the of the tunnle dealing with post op healing, I just hope that light shines on a nice plate of nachos and a burger and fries.

    • Ali:

      Det verkar som att de flseta ke4nner igen sig…jag ockse5. Tim har fe5tt ff6r vana att vakna strax efter 5, jag fixar inte riktigt det. Idag var jag pe5 Celsiusbokhandeln, min favorit. Det e4r se5 de4r lagom rf6rigt, personalen e4r otroligt trevliga och verkligt duktiga pe5 att tipsa. Det gf6r mig villig att betala ne4stan dubbla priset je4mff6rt med adlibris. Mitt hetaste tips e4r att ge5 och le4gga dig tidigare e4n du brukar tille5ta dig. Det finns inget som e4r se5 viktigt att det inte kan gf6ras imorgon. Kramkram!

      • Ahmed:

        You’ve shown a number of phoots from this place and I always enjoy them! Do you know what this concrete piece is in the middle of your picture? A fancy bird-feeding station? Maybe there’s a telephone in there, like in the old “Get Smart” TV show?I dunno. But I’ll not sleep tonight until I hear from you. 🙂

    • King:

      Heather – I can’t believe that she is finittg into your shoes! It seems like just yesterday when she had just learned how to roll over and we were trying to keep her our of the pizza we were eating while sitting on your floor in your apt. Love the pictures and miss you guys.

  • brian:

    hi im a 33 yr old male just going into my third day of tonsillectomy recovery,just woke at 5am after 3 1/2 hrs sleep,woke in a panic because throat is so dry and couldn’t swallow pain relief,going to be a long few days,good luck anyone going through this

    • Lorena:

      Camilla, i am famous for as one feinrd just wrote, “pulling disappearing acts”. Sometimes i just can’t give anymore or want time to do something inside, (meditate or write) (the inner life is big, bigger than all life) so i follow the whisper…or else, i get sick. 😉

      • Vojta:

        Maren – I’m glad you mentioned that mom was honidlg the baby on the other side of the rock because that was seriously the first thing I thought of when I saw that picture! Can’t turn off that paranoid-mama thinking even while reading blogs! Beautiful pictures as always, and congrats to your sister!(ps my oldest just started cubs and it is bringing back all those memories of the good ol’ days )

  • daphne:

    Just had my tonsils removed May 29, 2015. The pain bearable. Just wish I could sleep. Haven’t slept since I got home from the hospital. I’m 46 yrs old and needed a tonsillectomy. Doctor said they should’ve came out a long time ago.

    • Marek:

      I am completely azaemd at Socrates’ conviction to his values as he faces death in front of all the people he has dedicated his life to teaching. Speaking to the jury, he states, “You are wrong, sir, if you think that a man who is any good at all should take into account the risk of life or death; he should look to this only in his actions, whether what he does is right or wrong, whether he is acting like a good or a bad man” (28b). The most important thing to him is that he stands up for the truths he has taught all his life. Socrates understands that life means nothing at all if that life isn’t lived for a greater purpose than our own selves. The chapter in Kronman’s book discusses how in order for our lives to truly have meaning, we need to look outside of ourselves—our “ultimate cares” have to lie in something outside our own life. I think Socrates embodied this perfectly. He stood in the face of death fearlessly because every part of his being cared more for his philosophy than for his life.He talks about how these people who have come against him can kill him, but they can’t kill his philosophies—they will be continued by others. Socrates’ teachings of philosophy still stand as one of the foundations of philosophical and political thought today. We still look to his teachings as great. He was right—his death did not stop the spread of philosophy to other people outside of Athens. His death, in my view, was completely heroic because of his conviction and honor he held to his very last moments. I think it is a big reason that he is still remembered today and that his philosophy is so widely respected. If anyone has answered the question posed by Kronman of “What is living for?” I believe it is Socrates. His life was lived for what he cared most about—finding truth and wisdom. This in the end became his condemnation that led to his execution. How tragic, yet appropriate is that? I really pray that one day I will have the same conviction and same dedication to some “ultimate care” in my life—that I would not only be willing to die for it if it ever came down to that, but that I would be willing to live for it every day of my life.

  • Sarah:

    I’m on my second day post op and I’m 28 and my throat and ears are in excruciating pain. I’ve been drinking a ton of water and gatorade. One thing that has kinda helped is chloriseptic spray for sore throats and I spray it 5 times every 2 hours

  • Lee:

    3rd day post op and the pain is the worst today but still bearable. I have been eating well, even had a sandwich in the hospital, but sleeping has been impossible. As soon as I lie down my airways seem to close up so have to try sitting up. Barely had 3 or 4 hours a night and doubt its been more than an hour at a time. The irony here is that they were taken out because of my snoring which now seems to be worse. Hope it gets better…

    • Fredy:

      usage. But there, the sense in which particular tignhs, like a flower, come to be beautiful, remains, despite the fantastic notion of “participation,” a mystery. That mystery is taken up in the Parmenides; and in fact, the first part of the dialogue can be seen as a series of trenchant criticisms of Plato’s earlier account of such tignhs as “the beautiful itself.” Plato kept the account in the Republic, but did not mention it at all in the Theaetetus, an absence which, given the dialogue’s aim of investigating what knowledge is, seems to lend strong support to the view that Plato indeed abandoned the “theory of form” in his late years. One difficulty with the “theory of form,” which is prominently dealt with in the Parmenides, pertains, not surprisingly, to the ontological status of forms. It is not clear what Plato remained committed to after hearing, and failing to answer, the series of criticisms; tellingly, Plato conceded that a form might, after all, but be a pattern of thought. Your description that Plato “??idea???? ????? ????????????” is to a certain degree correct; after all, the search for invariance is rightly to be seen to be the first motivation for singling out “the beautiful itself.” But if this is the impression one gets from the Phaedo and the Republic, that impression must be qualified by what is to be found in the Parmenides (and relevant absences in the Theatetus). If one accepts the criticisms put forth in the Parmenides–and the view that Plato really did not succeed to answer them there nor in subsequent writings–then one is forced to tell a slightly different story about the so-called Platonic Theory of Fomr. It would be a story less of bold contrivance than of miserable retreat–if not indeed of ultimate surrender. But, of course, the Parmenides was also written by Plato himself. Shall we not say, then, that Plato was after all not only a proposer of form, as he was in his early years, but also a critic of that notion, as he having given much thought to it clearly was? What Plato thought and wrote is, admittedly, not the same as what others take him to have thought and wrote. Yet is it no trivial question to ask, in what way the account of forms is, or is not, central to various branches of Plato’s philosophy. In the Theaetetus Plato tried to show the danger of conceiving the world as but a Heraclitean flux; for discourse to be possible, we need something like general terms. Or in other words, there must be something more than the mere perception of each individual in each (and mutually disconnected) moment. This “must” is not the Kantian “must”–in the sense of a transcendental precondition for cognition–but a “must” that is thoroughly practical: without general terms, we cannot even talk to each other. I think this central lesson in the Theaetetus echoes deeply, and in fact in some sense answers, the Socratic search for that which justifies the use of general terms. Perhaps it is unnecessary to believe in a thoroughly objective and unchanging reality (even if one would love to, Plato did not tell us what it really was); but it remains imperative to presume that we are able to make use of something more enduring than a fleeing moment. The need, the desire, and the urge to reach this thing, to grasp it, to ensure ourselves that dialogic interaction between human beings is possible, already points to something like the forms. It is my conviction that this mirrors in a profound way the human search for “the ultimate,” or what your call “??”

  • Kay:

    I had my tonsils out 6/3. The pain has been the worst I’ve ever endured even with taking the medication on schedule. Sleeping has been another challenge, and I’m lucky if I get an hour in when I take my meds. I have found that keeping ice on my neck and eats constantly has helped…and the hour of sleep that I do get has been of better quality (at least I think so). My tongue and uvula are still incredibly swollen, and I am sure that once this decreases I will be able to sleep better. Still hoping the pain will let up a bit, though not overly optimistic.

    • Austin:

      Dear friends!I would like to thank envyroee who contributed to the latest winter camp. I have attended several camps before, but this time there was a much larger group of participants from Germany, which led to an increase of cultural diversity. To be honest, I was rather surprised to meet so many participants at Dortmund Airport just before leaving to Lviv. Although I realize that it may be more difficult to organize, I would be in favor of extending this tendency to many other people from many different countries.Looking at my own experience, I believe that one always learns from interacting with people from other cultures. Next to that, the friendship and mutual respect that people get towards one another, can help them later on in their personal, educational or professional life. I think the program with skiing, activities, trainings and MTV-shows gives a large variety of possibilities that is interesting and a lot of fun for envyroee.It was an amazing experience, and I feel honored that I had the chance to be around so many nice, happy and enthusiastic people.I hope to meet you all again!Peer p.s. Great videos!! They amazingly reflect the atmosphere of the last Winter camp.

  • Ara:

    Surgery was done 6/3. Today is day 5 post op. I’ve been living off water, basically. First two days I ate some pudding, and he’ll, and Popsicles. Now if I even try anything but water, my pain level goes to a 10/10. Ears blow up, head blows up, throat feels like there’s cement in it, etc. This is by far ridiculous, and I would never imagine that so many people go through this torture to recover. I honestly pray this is over with soon. I’m able to write this now because I just took my codeine about 40 minutes ago. But once it wears out, man o man. Good luck to everyone..Oh and I think other than my 3 hr alarm schedule for pain meds at night, I’m going to set an alarm to wake up every 20 minutes tonight to have water. I’d rather not sleep then wake up feeling like there are torched knives sitting in my throat. Ok. Good luck and can’t wait for this living nightmare to be behind us.

    • Erika:

      I had my tonsils out 7 days ago now. And our story is much the same. I keep hoping the next day will be better but it turns out to be even worse than the previous day which i didn’t think was possible. Ive maybe eaten 1000 calories in a whole week. Ive never felt so pathetic, weak, tired and sick in all of my life. The only thing thats comforting is drinking water every 5 minutes. I tried sleeping 6 day post op and i woke up in EXTREME pain and my throat started mildly bleeding it was that dry and i only fell asleep for an hour. the surgery and the pain meds they give you are just not okay. I got tylenol 3 and my pain is a 10. atleast should have got percocet so we could atleast eat and sleep. I just hope it gets better by day 8 or 9 or i will probably go insane.

    • Marcio:

      ?????????? ????? (????? ???????) ??????? ??????? ?????(Gnostics) ??? ???? ( ?? ) ??? ( ?? )???????????????? ????? ??????? ????????????????????????????? ??? ????????????? ??????????? ????????? ????? ???????? ??????????????????? ???? ??????????????????? ????????? ??????? ???? ??? ???? ???? ?????? ???Franz Hartmann???? “Wisdom, as a principle, is icovnceinable unless it becomes manifest in the wise, and only the wise are capable to recognise it. A man without knowledge knows nothing. (????? ????)It is not man in his aspect as a being without any principle who can know any principle whatever; it is always the principle itself that recognises itself in other forms. Thus, if a person wants to know the truth, the truth must be alive in him; if there is no truth in him, he can perceive no truth, neither within himself nor in external nature.”(In the Pronaos of the Temple of Wisdom, Ch.1)??? ?? ???????? ????? ?????? ???????? ??????????????? ?????????? ?????????? ????????????? ???????? ????? ? ?????? ?? ??????? ?? ?? ????? ?????????? ?????????????????????????? ?? ?? ???????????/?/??/??……”It is always the principle itself that recognises itself in other forms.”–??????? ???(?)??? ???????(??) ??????? ?????? ???? ????????? ??”???????? ?????” ??? ????? ??? ???(?)?? ????? ????????????????? ???? “?”??? ???”?”??? ?????? ???? ??”?????” ????????? ????? ???? ????? ?????????????????????

  • Sandy Nicholson:

    I had my Tonsils and Adenoids out on Friday, 6/26/15. Here it is , July 1st and I am ready to die. If I had it to do over, I would never do this again. I will deal with Strep Throat, sleep apnea and everything else. This is like the. 7th circle of Hell and I’m so delirious, I can’t finish my story.

    • Ibnu:

      Ke4nnesr igen den ke4nslan!Jag sov sju timmar natetn till idag, sedan gick jag till skolan och sov mig igenom hela ff6rmiddagens ff6rele4sningar, sedan gick jag hem och sov ne5gra timmar till…

  • Prateek:

    I had my tonsils and adenoids removed on the 2nd and it has been very painful. I am drinking a lot of water in small quantity to keep my throat hydrated and haven’t had a proper meal in 2 days. Sleeping is a big problem and my neck and upper back hurts from sleeping in a reclined manner. Hope that all the pain subsides soon.
    Frequently drinking water is a boon and I am worried if I fall asleep my throat will dry up and cause a lot of pain to get it back into a hydration cycle.
    Sleeping lying flat is not even an option due to all the snoring and dryness.

    • Avinash:

      yaelian, inte idag men kanske ioogrmn? tack! shabat shalomfru a, loppisrunda va kul. det de4r fatet e4r mycket riktigt ett loppsisfynd. kramfrkn l,oj, du har reje4la sovmarathons these days..ke4nner du dig lite piggare? kramtoril, och dessutom se5 har jag se5 me5nga knasiga drf6mmar ne4r jag ve4l sover. ack, ja se5nt e4r livet! 🙂 kramhelena, menar du tidszoner? i se5 fall bara en timme…ff6re er. ff6rste5r att du e4r nervf6s inff6r nya jobbet, man f6nskar ne4stan att det redan vore me5ndag se5 du fick bli av med all den de4r uppbyggda spe4nningen. det kommer att Gc5 BRA! oj, favoritmat. det e4r klurigt, ff6r jag e4lskar se5 otroligt mycket mat. indisk, thaile4nds, italiensk. ska te4nka pe5 den fre5gan lite le4ngre…kramcatiiis? yes, kaffe e4r min drog. ve4lkommen ff6rbi, jag kan de4remot inte le4nka till dig?jenny, raring, ett brev borde vara pe5 ve4g till dig. kf6pte du ne5got pe5 celsius? jag borde knappast klaga ne4r jag te4nker pe5 alla ff6re4ldrar som sover med sme5barn…det e4r en annan femma. och du har helt re4tt, borde dessutom ge5 och le4gga mig tidigare! kram

    • Ade:

      Camp! Just the word makes me perk up in my seat, change to a happy mood, and put a smile on my face! Camp is a place I abloeutlsy love! I have been to countless acting camps, waterskiing and marine biology camps, community service camp, sleep-away camp, and art camp (just to name a few). At camp, I love how you can be independent. You can make decisions for yourself. Independence is a great skill to have; it can shape a young person’s future. I also just have a lot of fun! At the end of the session, I take home such great friendships. I mean, you really get to know someone after two weeks of camp! After the camp, you can send them letters and create lasting friendships. Two years ago, I met a girl at a soccer camp, I gave her my address, and we have not stopped being pen pals! We have found that we have a lot in common! Although some things about camp are great, some are not. You never know whom you will be with! One year, I was in a cabin with two girls whose dads were competing against each other for mayor! This made both of their camp experiences bad because they did not like each other! If you were in a cabin with someone you don’t like then your experience would not be very fun…I also do not like all of the bugs at camp. This summer I’m looking forward to going to a new camp called,” Camp Merri Mac.” I’m so excited!“Hello! Welcome to Camp Do Re Mi.” This is what you would first hear when you enter my camp. This camp has many activities. But, it is based on singing. I chose this because even if you are good or not, singing helps unit people. A group of friendly staff members would greet you at the heart of the camp, “Melody.” The “Melody” is an outdoor theater. All of the camp members have a chance to perform on this stage. Before you leave your parents, every member of the camp will sing a song with their parents. This will work because it is a small camp of 100 members. With a small number, people can get one on one work. It will be a sleepover camp. Later, when your parents pick you up, you will sing the same song again. Then, your parents can see how much your singing voice has developed. Both boys and girls would come to this camp, but they would be on different sides of the camp. In a cabin, there would be two bunks, two people per bunk bed. The counselor would sleep in a regular bed. The cabin would have three rooms, in the main room; there would be wood floors. This would be where the children slept. They would have big windows and lockers for their stuff. The other rooms would be a small room for the counselor and a bathroom. The counselor would have their own room to let the kids be independent. You would wake to the sound of singing. Instead of an annoying bugle, a different cabin would sing a wake up song every morning. Then, you would march off too breakfast. You would eat apples, pears, peaches, melons, grapes, plums, bell peppers, and applesauce (along with amazing regular food) because they help your vocal chords. You would always carry a water bottle! Next you would sing a song before starting your day. The song would have something to do with your day, like at assemblies. At your first activity, you would pick between guitar, rock-climbing, crafts, dance, cooking, swimming, archery, backpacking, or kayaking. After going back to lunch, you would take a singing class. You can chose between rock, taught by Aerosmith, pop taught by Carly Rae Jepson, musical theater, taught by Idina Menzel, or country, taught by Taylor Swift. Then, you would have some free time before another activity and dinner. This would give you sometime to work on the song that your cabin will be performing at the camp’s cabin singing contest. The cabin that wins will get to perform the national anthem at a baseball game! My camp will be in North Carolina. This has plenty of mountains for the rock climbing activity and fresh air for singing. I wish this camp were real! It sounds really

      • Emanuel:

        It was a fascinating eicnrxeepe to read these two works side by side. As Kronman described the moments we ask ourselves about the meaning of life and the process of answering the question for ourselves, Plato is showing how Socrates is living in search of the answer. This is something that Kronman even acknowledged on page seventeen saying only Socrates and Jesus were able to dedicate their full focus on the question. These two works complimented each other greatly with one side showing the process while the other the application of the same question. In Plato’s Apology I especially found it interesting in the journey Socrates describes in his search for wisdom. It reminded me greatly of Gilgamesh and his journey to Utnapishtim. Socrates seeks artists and poets, craftsmen, sophists, and those considered wise. Throughout his life Socrates’ only crime was his endless journey for knowledge and meaning. Even facing death did not deter him from his mission. Socrates looked forward to continuing his quest with the possibility of talking with those who had already past; “the man who led the great expedition against Troy, or Odysseus, or Sisyphus, and innumerable other men and women…” My personal feelings are very similar so I felt strongly impressed in this section of his speech. Kronmann describes the question, “What is the meaning of life?”, only coming up every now and again. The question passes through our lives when we allow our minds to wander towards it. Much like we are letting it now as we attempt to answer our own questions regarding education. It was even more intriguing to me when Kronman brought out the idea that the answer to the meaning of life is something we all have to answer for ourselves (pg. 14). Though many of his ideas were intriguing, these were those that made a particular impression on me. As I reflected these readings something arose out of the pages and sparked an idea. I have been trying to answer the questions of education, the question of meaning, the question of life, as an absolute answer. Even as I have attempted to formulate a response to this blog, I have gotten entangled in thoughts wondering if I wasn’t writing what the group was looking for. Perhaps we suffer a similar entrapment in education. I know that I can easily get wrapped in memorizing the answers for a test, trying to agree with the educator for a good grade, and always seeking the “right” answer. The meaning of education however, may be very similar to the meaning of life. As Kronman describes, seeking this absolute right answer to such a question is absurd (pg. 15). The answer to the question we are seeking may be something we all have to find for ourselves.

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  • Amanda:

    Surgery day 08/12 and today is 08/20. Today is day 9 if you count surgery day. I expected a constant pain of 2-5, try a regular pain of 5/6, after I take the pain meds. Anywhere from a 7-10 otherwise. I developed a cold and trying to recover while hacking like a chain smoker hasn’t been pleasent. Results have been sleep deprivation, lowest sleep in 1 day 40 minutes and longest was 3 hours over multiple days. I added at one point and found that in 72 hours Id slept 5 hours. As a result I’ve also suffered numerous (6) bouts with bleeding, the longest of which lasted about 20 minutes and shortest about 5 minutes. Not because of dehydration, but because of the jerking motion in my throat when I cough. If i tried to sleep, I’d wake choking on blood from the force of my coughs as I slept. They gave me a cough suppressent benzonatate that helped the first hour, but then it’d created so much access saliva in my mouth and throat that I was now choking on and coughing up the excess saliva. So now I’m dealing with the coughing, sleep deprivation and my scabs coming off resulting in white hot pain as the skin is newly exposed, or blood if the spot wasn’t ready. Doing my best to stay hydrated. Swallowing past the pain is not easy and makes me cry at times and I may be beginning to lose the battle with hydration. My urine is right on the edge of the color chart. Not an experience I’d ever repeat if I had to. If these babies grow back I’ll take it as a sign that I need to keep them!

  • Ralph:

    I’m a 40 yo male who had surgery on 8-28. I have bled twice since the original surgery and both times ended up with me in surgery again! 3 surgeries in 10 days is definitely not what I signed up for. I started looking around the Internet for a way to sleep more comfortably since my back can’t take much more of this recliner but it seems that I have the same issue as everyone else. So back to my uncomfortable recliner for now… I haven’t had much in the way of food besides popsicles and I swear if I NEVER see another coconut popsicle it will be WAYYYYYYYYY too soon! Both of my bleeds came from coughing. What I didn’t realize is that around day 7 you start to lose the scabs. I coughed in my sleep on day 7 and sure enough I was dumping blood out of my throat. Sucking on ice cubes stopped it but it started bleeding 2 more times before I went to the hospital and once while I was there. I lost almost a pint of blood on that one. The second time I opened it up I went directly to the ER and back into surgery. That time I didn’t lose any. I’m on day 11 now and 24 hours out of surgery… I’ve had almost no pain today (meaning under a 4/10) and for some reason I’m happy with a 4! I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that I was at a 8/9 most of the time from days 4-7 and that’s after Tylenol 3 and Motrin 800 every 2 hours. I’m pretty sure I’m back at day 1 (and 3) for the spots that were fixed on the right side, they were two different spots that opened up, and day 11 on the left side. I have no idea what to expect at this point but it’s possible that I’m just too afraid to try to sleep after all of this. I swear I’m going to have PTSD from this whole ordeal!!!

    • Kayyum:

      Lisa – As always your ptceuris are so good. I’d been waiting for these. I hadn’t seen many of adorable Bryce and I knew you had gone to visit. Wish you could come to Latvia and take pics of my fam for me. You are amazing as always!

    • Marie:

      How long did the doctor tell you to stay propped up when you sleep?

  • Ashley:

    Well this is post op day 4 for me and I am struggling with nausea, unbearable pain and sleep deprivation. Believe it or not this is my second tonsillectomy in 6 months. My left one began to regrow just weeks after it was removed and I’ve been struggling with strep and tonsillitis ever since. I thought I was prepared this time around having just gone through it a few months prior but this time is completely different! I’m in ragweed season so I’m battling snot and drainage from that as well as the thick saliva that gathers in your throat as a result of a tonsillectomy. While only one side was operated on this time, the pain is still just as bad. Last time I was eating pudding and applesauce in day 2… This time I can barely stomach Popsicles! I’ve been drinking tons of water, Gatorade and chicken broth. Last time I did not deal with any nausea but I have done nothing but heave today! Also last time I was feeling pretty food by day 4 and 5, but not this time. Last time I started bleeding badly on day 7 and got to have a lovely overnight stay at the hospital for observation. I did have small Bleeds days 7-12 but nothing a little ice gargle couldn’t take care of. I’m hoping I won’t bleed this time as that was very terrifying spitting up clots and clots of bright red blood! So surely I am hoping for a better outcome this go around! As for sleeping; im just like the rest of you, sleeping in a reclined position is the only way to comfortably sleep ( my neck and back don’t agree) i tried laying on my side earlier today and that was definitely a horrible decision! So as being a person who has gone through this and is going through it again, it does get better. Once the scabs start falling off you notice a big difference in how you feel. I didn’t start eating food until about 2 weeks post op and that was simply still soft bland things. And whatever you do, don’t eat a banana for like a month! I figured once the scabs were off it would be okay… Nope that new tissue is still sensitive and it burns for like 20 minutes at least! I would recommend drinking Special K or ensure to keep nutrients. I did all that and still lost 15lbs the first to around… I’m already about 6lbs down this time. And in end it is worth it ( yes even though I’m doing through it again). Having 2 weeks of this discomfort versus a lifetime of tonsillitis, strep that sometimes won’t go away for months, tonsil stones and bad breath, is def worth it!

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  • Jay:

    I’m 9 to 10 days in recovery, and the only problem I have is when I sleep on a certain side, that specific side is in pain. Is it because of pressure?

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  • Natalie:

    I’m on day 3 post op and sleeping has been the best during my recovery! My throat is also not dry at all and is staying moist. I managed to get 7 hours of sleep last night with maybe waking up once to use the bathroom. My pain has not been too bad either.

  • Amber:

    I am 17 and it’s been just a little over 2 weeks after my tonsillectomy and im just now feeling normal.. the first and second day wasn’t bad.. the 3rd day the pain started and it was non stop from there, I took my pain med ever day untill 2 days ago because the pain was still so bad. They say that your sleep schedule isn’t going to be the same during recovery but for me i slept 8-10 hours because i’d rather sleep than feel the pain. The throat pain wasn’t terrible honestly it felt like a bad case of tonsillitis which i got so often and that was the reason for the procedure, but the ear pain… the ear pain was non tolerable, the inside of your ear it feel like it’s bleeding and your eardrum is busting over and over again, i don’t want to exaggerate this pain! After my throat stopped hurting my ear continued to hurt.. IT SUCKS. Some things i did to help with the pain was to take my medicine every 4 hours but during the night i didn’t take it unless i woke up because i didn’t want waking up every 4 hours messing up the sleep i could get.. and sleep during recovery is greatly needed. I also put an humidifier in my room to help with my throat not getting dry at night because that pain is also terrible. I slept the first couple days, but after about 3 days getting up and doing stuff nothing to drastic helped a bunch!! but also if you do too much it makes you feel even worse, i decided to go shopping 5 days after my surgery because it was the day after christmas. Also when the doctor says to watch watch what you pick up and not to pick up things that are heavy.. take this seriously! I picked my 2 year old sister up and you can feel it in your throat!! Things after my surgery that was been different is that now that my tonsils are out, my taste buds have change, i used to drink soda everyday not soda taste disgusting to me.. sleeping has been difficulty and the doctor said this was due to my breathing being different. after all the pain i hope it will be worth it in the future and i won’t have to miss school or work! and also not have the terrible pain in my throat. also btw take 14 days off of work!!! if you’re in school do it during break!! you will regret it if not.. missing christmas dinner will be worth it, lol.

  • Kate:

    When sleeping, to avoid a dry throats which hurts incredibly bad to wake up to, use a humidifier next to your bed. I did two nights before I thought of this and those two nights were terrible and I woke up every two hours in pain. Last night I used the humidifier and when I woke up to take meds, it didn’t hurt and it wasn’t dry.

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