A tonsilectomy is like the execution of an intelligently designed performance- based contingency. It's painful for everyone involved but if they're not meeting performance requirements, they have to go.
In our case, it was close to 10 days of pain until we were back on our feet. It would have been 9 but a ridiculously cold day (-20 degrees) resulted in school closings throughout South Dakota and afforded us an extra day to recharge.
Although most days were spent getting enough fluids down (water, apple juice and chocolate milk) while watching every episode of Scooby Doo & Peg + Cat ever created... the following is an overview of her daily post-op progression highlights:
Day 0: Nervous but brave going in. Disphoria and pain waking up. Plesant and cheerful at home.
ATE: Buttery And Fluffy Scrambled Eggs, Buttered Hawaiian Sweet Roll
And Apple Juice
Quote of the day: "I don't like any of this! I don't like one bit of this at all and I want to go home!!!"- upon waking from surgery.
Day 1: Antsy from medication and inactivity. Apparently unaffected otherwise. Playing independently.
ATE: Buttered Noodles, Fluffy Pancakes and Fudge Pop
Quote: "I don't want to eat ANYTHING!"
Day 2: Antsy and A bit overemotional / easily frustrated. Clearly masking discomfort. Bored
Quote: "...but I'm not a very big fan if ice cream because it makes my mouth so cold."
ATE: Fudge Pop and Buttered Noodles with Chix Broth few slices of Pear.
Day 3: Calm and Cuddly with random bursts of energy presumably resulting from boredom.
Quote: "They say on television that children love flashlights and they love stuffed animals...so they really love flashlight friends! I love my new flash.light friend so much I have to hug her a lot!"
ATE: Buttered Noodles, Pancake and Fudge Pop and Marshmallows
Day 4: Fairly normal but bursts of energy continue to mix with apparent drowsiness from medication.
Quote: "I feel like I was eating an apple and swallowed it whole without even chewing it up."
ATE: Nutella Crepe, Mozzarella Cheese and Fuffy Pancake
Day 4.5: Skipped a dose of Lortab in middle of the night to tfy and let her sleep through. Bad idea.
Day 5: Irritable and uncomfortable. Needed a lot if attention and TLC = cuddling.
ATE: Nutella and Sunbutter Crepe and Buttered Noodles with Chicken Broth and Grated Cheese
Quote: "Its nice to be out of the house. I havent been out if the house in a year!"
Day 6: Doing very well. Feeling well.Comfortable but bored. Seems like her old self.
Fluffy & Light Grilled cheese on Thick slices Kings Hawaiian Sweet Round Bread, Mac n Cheese, PEZ,
ATE: Buttered Noodles and Chix Broth and Pirate Booty and Gum.
Quote: "I want someone to color with me!"
Day 7: In great spirits. Happy and Full of Energy.
ATE: Fluffy Pancakes and PEZ.
Quote: "I feel perfect!"
DAY 8: Tired and difficult breaking out of the routine of sleeping in late cuddling and being naked. Voice changing: Sounding a lot like a miniature Kristen Chenoweth...or a cute Yeardley Smith (AKA Putter from Legend of Billy Jean)
ATE: Pancakes, Ham and Cheese, broccoli, boiled honied baby carrots, avocado, apple slices and salmon nuggets.
Quote: "My throat hurts just a little when I yawn."