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post #16 of 29
I did mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes too, with a lot of butter. (Mine was pretty bad, and I was losing a good amount of weight because I couldn't eat or drink anything.) The doctor only gave me Tylenol, and after about 2 weeks of not eating or drinking anything, my mom threw a fit and I got pretty heavy duty drugs and after that I recovered. It was awful and I am really good with pain.
post #17 of 29
squirrelly,
sorry i didn't get a chance to read your message on the weekend. having had 4 general anesthetic surgeries in the past 17 years (starting with the tonsillectomy when i was 14) i can tell you that the worst part of surgery - the anesthesia, has improved IMMENSLEY over the past 10 years. actually, it is best to get home as soon as possible - more people get sick with viruses and bacterial infections from staying in the hospital because of their contact with so many people.

when i had my tonsils out when i was 14, i couldn't swallow anything for almost a week -- even water and popsicles kept getting stuck in my throat and i had to spit everything out. i lost 11 pounds. i think the first solid food i ate was a hot dog (on a very soft bun).

liquids are the most important, for hydration and to keep the throat wet (helps prevent that painful scabbing). mushy foods can be very comforting, so if she likes pasta, try cooking some orzo (looks like big rice), which is good hot or cold with any sauce or dressing. of course, the most comforting thing after surgery is to just have someone around to take care of you and let you rest, and it sounds like you've got that covered for your daughter. thumbs_up.gif
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post #18 of 29
I also lost a lot of weight but was happy w/ that!! I lost 12 lbs in 4 days! How that happened I do not know!!

My wonderful mom mixed veggies & other foods in the blender. I couldn't swallow that! I couldn't swallow water either. I was able to eat scrambled eggs after I was in the hospital 2 days. No salt, no pepper. Was on nothing but IV for 2 days. No water, no nothing.

After all this I hate any surgery!!!!!!!!
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post #19 of 29
Baby Food.... Gerber
post #20 of 29
Hi Squirrelly...my favorites were freeze pops and jello when I was a child. I've been going through fights with the doctor now with my 6 year old. She had tonsillitis attacks from beginning of March until middle of June. Poor kid was on antibiotics for so long it was messing up all her other functions. She went down to almost 40 lbs. I was petrified. Thank heavens, it finally cleared up. I don't know why doctors are so hesitant to take them out when they can cause so much trouble...and definitely don't want her winding up like these 20 somethings and having to have them out then! Good luck to your girl!
post #21 of 29
galaglow: get a second (or third) opinion when it comes to antibiotics for your little girl. i was on them all the time when i was a kid (tonsillitis, bronchitis). turns out the "chronic bronchitis" was just asthma that would flare up whenever i got a cold (and i have allergies that trigger asthma symptoms too). indeed, sometimes the treatment just causes further problems: my first asthma preventative medication caused me to develop thrush in a matter of hours, so i had to take something else to clear that up!

a lot of doctors feel pressured to prescribe antibiotics as they're afraid that parents won't leave their office satisfied unless they have a prescription for their child. icon_confused.gif
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post #22 of 29
I have to say that I had both my tonsils and adenoids removed this past February and let me tell you...it was terrible icon_cry.gif

If anyone ever told you that this procedure was rough for a grownup-they were not lying. I mean, I gave birth to my son 16 years ago on a Sunday afternoon and went back to work on the following Wednesday-full time no less. But, the tonsil and adenoid removal really dropped me on by tail. I'm not one for drugs either, but thank God for liquid Lortab. icon_confused.gif

I lived on fudgesicles for 2 weeks straight. I absolutely hate mashed potatoes now because I had to eat so many. They have a new procedure now when they can actually sear the cuts as they are making them They say that really cuts down on the healing time and the pain.

Of course, I had a throat full of stiches with mine because there was a tumor involved. So, hopefully, she will not have it as bad as I did.

Good luck...I hope she does well.

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post #23 of 29
Oh, one more thing. Actually the positive side to this is that I have had no sore throats or sniffles since then (even in the Spring). Before, my throat would close up and I could not breath at all through my nose.

It will really be worth it for her in the long run.

Just be there for her-she will need you!

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post #24 of 29
when i was little i would always get tonsillitis .then when i was 40 my dr told me i had sleep apnea.so i had a sleep test then i had to have surgery. i had a tonsillectomy plus a lot more mouth surgery.i had stiches in my lip and top of my mouth. i had to have a tracheotomy kit with me for 2 of the 3 days i was in the hospital. had alot of pain but also had good drugs.all i could eat was ice,freeze pops,jell-o,warm soup. for about a week
after i came home all i could eat was chicken soup with cracker in it and anything cold.all in all i would do it again if i had to ...
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post #25 of 29
forgot to say( good luck and i will be thinking of you).just keep thinking no more sore throats.i thank God and my dr for that everday.
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post #26 of 29
Well, I had mine out when I was 16.... and it was awful..
The only thing that quenched my thirst was ice water....they said 7up and juice....ack.... water was the only thing that didn't make my saliva thick.... I couldn't eat anything for several days... I couldn't talk for 2 weeks either....could only whisper... sooooo... I would say the first thing to take would be ice water....then when she's hungry, the gerber baby food sounds good....tutty frutty...yummmmm...
Hope things go well for her.
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post #27 of 29
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Just got a moment to check posts and respond.
Thanks everyone for sharing information and your stories. Boy, some of you have been through a lot!
Well she had a newer proceedure and actually drank about 6 glasses of water when she first woke up and was talking a blue streak - the first day. She ate well and drank a lot and by the evening she wanted scrambled eggs, which she wasn't supposed to have for a couple of days. However she wanted them, we made them and they went down well. the second day her throat was a bit more sore. Yesterday and today, she is having a lot more discomfort when she talks and her ears hurt, that is all normal. She is sleeping better today.
She is one of those people that gets hypher from anaestetic. so today I guess she is finally sleeping more. At least we found out she tolerates that well.
Haha, we have tried all of the foods you have mentioned, my fridge and freezer are full of easy-to-swallow things, haha. I have run soups through the blender as she really wants something slightly warm that isn't sweet, you can get sick of sweets, haha! So Jello gelatin, puddings, icecream, Freezies and Popsicles, Gatorade, iced tea, apple juice and iced water go well. She isn't drinking any sodas, which is really unusual for her, even flat she isn't tolerating them well. Scrambled eggs seem to be a favourite. Instant oatmeal is going well when mixed with milk. Mashed potatoes tasted strange to her. But Jello seems to be the thing that soothes her throat the best, strangely enough. We did buy baby food and we have homemade applesauce which she likes.
I have been giving her the pain killers prescribed, Tylenol 3 with codeine. They offered a liquid pain killer, but she didn't want it, surprisingly.
Her ears are really bothering her, I guess the operation affects the nerves.
So she is doing very well, I think. She is amazingly tolerant of pain. Haha, don't know where she gets that from!
Thanks for all of the advice and sharing your stories. Hopefully I will be able to get back on the site more, as the days go by.
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post #28 of 29
Glad to hear your daughter is doing well. She sounds like she is going to heal quickly! Good for her & you!!
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post #29 of 29
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Thanks Turle Lady!
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