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Adult tonsillectomy

Holy fucking shit. You know how with most things that people talk about being the worst thing ever after you go through them you look back and say, "Meh, that sucked but it wasn't THAT bad.". Well, a tonsillectomy as an adult IS THAT BAD.

I had it done on March 28th. It was originally scheduled April 4th, but I bumped it up just to get it over with. A little back story... I've had one enlarged tonsil since a bout of strep throat last summer. I'd been to two ENTs to have it looked at and both were kinda like, "It's probably not a big deal. I don't think it's cancer, but it could be." Wait. WTF?! What is that? What can i do with this information? I talked to a buddy of mine in the medical field out here and he referred me to a third ENT. He told me this guy was a straight shooter and would tell me what to do. Cool.

Went to the 3rd ENT and he broke it down for me. He said he basically agreed with the other two ENTs. It's probably not cancer, but no ENT can tell me it's definitively not as asymmetrical tonsils are a potential indicator for malignancy but as a lone factor it's a pretty weak indicator. Basically, I'm looking at a 3% chance of cancer. Now, a 3% chance of cancer is basically no chance of cancer unless it's YOUR 3% chance. He further explains that based on my age, we can probably estimate my chances are lower than that 3% risk, but 3% is the only clinically researched number he can give me. So, I say fuck it, let's take them out.

First three days, I'm thinking shit I got this. This sucks, it's the worst sore throat ever and I can't eat or sleep, but this isn't THAT bad.

Fourth day I woke up and was like, okay this definitely stepped up a notch. That night I end up in the ER bleeding from my throat like a bad horror movie.

Fifth day, fuck. This is really starting to suck.

Sixth day... are you fucking serious?! This has to be the worst of it. I still got this.

Seventh day. This was the day I nearly broke. Worst pain of my life bar none. Pure hell.

Eight day. I think I may be feeling slightly better, but this sucks so bad that I'm not sure about that. I might just be anticipating the game. Can't wait until the Heels win the natty tonight. That'll definitely make me feel better... Fuck my life.

Ninth day, okay I've finally turned the corner. I'm gonna survive.

I'm on day 12 now and it still sucks, but mainly because of the constant feeling of something g stuck in my throat. I'm back to sleeping like normal, but still can't eat much at all.

In conclusion, a tonsillectomy as an adult really is about the pinnacle of suck. The pain is one thing, but it's greatly compounded by the fact that you can't eat or sleep so while your pain is ramping up, you're physically and mentally growing ever weaker. The other thing is that the pain peaks so late. With every other injury I've ever had from broken ribs to torn ligaments, the pain peaks somewhere around day three or four and then you can tell you've turned the corner. That's a big mental lift. Not so with a tonsillectomy. Around the time you'd start to feel as if you've turned the corner with most other injuries, you're just getting started with the real suck.

On the good news side of the spectrum, I got my biopsy results back this morning and I don't have cancer. That's pretty fucking sweet
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Holy fucking shit. You know how with most things that people talk about being the worst thing ever after you go through them you look back and say, "Meh, that sucked but it wasn't THAT bad.". Well, a tonsillectomy as an adult IS THAT BAD.

I had it done on March 28th. It was originally scheduled April 4th, but I bumped it up just to get it over with. A little back story... I've had one enlarged tonsil since a bout of strep throat last summer. I'd been to two ENTs to have it looked at and both were kinda like, "It's probably not a big deal. I don't think it's cancer, but it could be." Wait. WTF?! What is that? What can i do with this information? I talked to a buddy of mine in the medical field out here and he referred me to a third ENT. He told me this guy was a straight shooter and would tell me what to do. Cool.

Went to the 3rd ENT and he broke it down for me. He said he basically agreed with the other two ENTs. It's probably not cancer, but no ENT can tell me it's definitively not as asymmetrical tonsils are a potential indicator for malignancy but as a lone factor it's a pretty weak indicator. Basically, I'm looking at a 3% chance of cancer. Now, a 3% chance of cancer is basically no chance of cancer unless it's YOUR 3% chance. He further explains that based on my age, we can probably estimate my chances are lower than that 3% risk, but 3% is the only clinically researched number he can give me. So, I say fuck it, let's take them out.

First three days, I'm thinking shit I got this. This sucks, it's the worst sore throat ever and I can't eat or sleep, but this isn't THAT bad.

Fourth day I woke up and was like, okay this definitely stepped up a notch. That night I end up in the ER bleeding from my throat like a bad horror movie.

Fifth day, fuck. This is really starting to suck.

Sixth day... are you fucking serious?! This has to be the worst of it. I still got this.

Seventh day. This was the day I nearly broke. Worst pain of my life bar none. Pure hell.

Eight day. I think I may be feeling slightly better, but this sucks so bad that I'm not sure about that. I might just be anticipating the game. Can't wait until the Heels win the natty tonight. That'll definitely make me feel better... Fuck my life.

Ninth day, okay I've finally turned the corner. I'm gonna survive.

I'm on day 12 now and it still sucks, but mainly because of the constant feeling of something g stuck in my throat. I'm back to sleeping like normal, but still can't eat much at all.

In conclusion, a tonsillectomy as an adult really is about the pinnacle of suck. The pain is one thing, but it's greatly compounded by the fact that you can't eat or sleep so while your pain is ramping up, you're physically and mentally growing ever weaker. The other thing is that the pain peaks so late. With every other injury I've ever had from broken ribs to torn ligaments, the pain peaks somewhere around day three or four and then you can tell you've turned the corner. That's a big mental lift. Not so with a tonsillectomy. Around the time you'd start to feel as if you've turned the corner with most other injuries, you're just getting started with the real suck.

On the good news side of the spectrum, I got my biopsy results back this morning and I don't have cancer. That's pretty fucking sweet
Could they have upped your pain meds? What kind were you on?

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Shouldn't have hurt so much and for so long. How's your voice?
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Shouldn't have hurt so much and for so long. How's your voice?
I was told to expect 10-14 days of hell. That's evidently the norm for an adult. My wife has a co-worker with two kids who had a tonsillectomy a few years ago. She said she'd rather go through the pain of childbirth again than another tonsillectomy. My surgeon also told me in the recovery room immediately after the surgery that my recovery was probably going to be on the rougher side. He said my tonsils were AWFUL. They were big, deep, and heavily scarred. On the positive side, he did say at that time that there was absolutely no visual indication of any type of malignancy.

Voice is fine. Still not talking much because it hurts, but my voice sounds fine.

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Could they have upped your pain meds? What kind were you on?
I was on dilaudid. I honestly don't think it helped that much other than actually letting me steal an hour or so of sleep occasionally.

I stopped taking them on day nine.
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And here I thought you got a callback on that Adult movie audition....
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Any throat surgery as an adult is pretty much hell. I encounter a lot of patients that get throat surgeries to avoid cpap, and ultimately they still end up in the sleep center with scar tissue filled throat. And they end up needing cpap anyway. Sorry to hear how horrific it was. Vibes.

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And here I thought you got a callback on that Adult movie audition....
Well, it felt like I did, just that I was on the very wrong end of the "deepthroating nail studded baseball bat" scene.
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I was born without tonsils.
Also no wisdom teeth, either.
One of the lucky ones.
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