Well all, I had my surgery on Wednesday morning...today is Day 4 post-op. I had a tonsillectomy with chemical cauterization, septoplasty/deviated septum, turbinate reduction, and he said they also took part of the uvula because of its size. When I went in, I made sure they knew that I had sleep apnea, because of the anesthesia, and they wound up keeping me overnight because of it. They wanted to make sure that I didn't swell too much and not be able to breathe. I went home with my parents on Thursday afternoon, and stayed with them until Saturday. Finally felt comfortable enough to come home here to the farm yesterday...got home probably about 7-8pm or so. They didn't pack my nose, just stents, and those came out 24 hours after the surgery! I have to tell you....recovering from the deviated septum surgery has been annoying at best, just because of the congestion and the constant feeling of being "plugged up". Pain on that has been minimal, and sleeping with the vaporizer and using the nasal sprays is helping a great deal there. Robitussin DM (believe it or not!) will be your best friend there...I don't know why it works, but it keeps you from getting those horrible sinus headaches.
The tonsils, on the other hand, that recovery has been fairly horrendous. This has got to be the absolute worst sore throat I have ever had in my entire life, bar NONE. Its absolutely miserable. But I started feeling better and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel yesterday when my nose cleared up a little bit more, and I can actually breathe through my nose now! LOL! Trust me, the greatest victories are not always the large ones. Breathing through your nose keeps your mouth and throat from drying out, which goes a long way toward feeling better in that area.
I'm camped out semi-permanently on the couch, with pain meds and nasal sprays within easy reach. Hydrocodone every 3-4 hours, and trust me, I'm watching the 3-4 hours like a hawk....you do NOT want to miss a dose of your pain meds. I've been eating alot of jello, chicken broth, and flavor-ices...you know, those popsicles in the plastic wrappers we loved when we were kids? Yeah, they're fabulous....LOL! Kool-Aid in a plastic wrapper... who woulda known... if I had thought of that, I'd be a multi-billionaire by now!
I've come to one conclusion on the subject of this surgery.... if you can suck it up and deal with it and survive the first 3 days, you'll be fine. Once you get past day 3, its downhill from there. You've got the pain meds on a routine schedule, you've figured out a halfway decent sleeping position, and things are under control. Especially if you have family around willing to take care of you and nurse your sorry butt...
And, as I keep telling myself, it will be worth it in the end, especially if I can successfully lose the machine after all this.
Anyway... I'll be here on the couch all week, with plenty of time to keep you guys up to date.