I had mine out 3 years ago at 23.
I was terrified of going since I had never had any type of surgical procedure. I couldn't sleep the night before and was literally shaking like a leaf when I walked through the door of the hospital.
When I got back to my room the nurse had to insert the IV. This was tough for her as I couldn't keep my hand still enough for her to do it. I kept jerking it away. I didn't mean to, it just happened. After that they wheeled me over to the pre op area where I met with the anesthesiologist. I had a lot of questions for him! I had to fill out the standard paperwork authorizing the anesthesia stating I understood death could occur and it scared me. He gave me something in my IV to calm me down a bit because I was so nervous. They let my fiance stay with me up until they wheeled me out of that room into the operating room. I forgot to mention, one reason I was so scared is because my doctor told me that most doctors use laser surgery to remove tonsils now but he preferred the old way of using a hot knife.
I was wheeled into the operating room and the thing I remember is that it was really cold in there and it smelled so clean. It was just like the way you see it on tv. The swapped me over to another bed and put a mask over my face and had me count backwards from 100. The next thing I remember is waking up in the recovery area but not being able to move. I was strapped down at my arms, legs, and chest. I started hyperventilating and literally freaking out. My doctor rushed over and informed me that I had made him late for his next surgery because I had punched him and then went back to sleep and wouldn't wake up for him. They had told my fiance I would be back in my room in at most 30 minutes, but it was 2 hours. Apparently they had to give me morphine and I became violent which was why I was strapped down. After they unstrapped me and my breathing returned to normal I got very nautious. They gave me something in my IV to help with that and about 10 minutes later I was being wheeled back to my room.
My throat was sore, but not too much because it was still numb. I got back to my room and stayed there for about 30 minutes. They made me suck a little ice and drink a bit of water before they would let me leave.
On the way home my fiance stopped to get my prescription filled, antibiotics and a large bottle of liquid vicoden and then he ran in at the grocery store to get popsicles. I had all ready shopped for other stuff but the doctor recommended the icepops. We got home and I layed on the couch for a bit. I was very groggy and went in and out of sleep. Then it hit me, I was no longer numb and the pain was the worst I had ever felt. (I haven't had any kids though
). I couldn't even swallow the pain medicine. It's not that your throat is irritated but the mucles hurt so much that the action of swallowing hurts. The only thing I could manage was ice in the blender and letting it slide down the back of my throat. I managed to sip the pain medicine but it was tough. Once thing I found that helped was taking the pain medicine then getting in as hot of a bath as I could stand and soaking all the way up to my neck in it. I always fell asleep so it got to the point I would write my fiance a note (couldn't talk) that I was taking a bath and that he would have to get me out before I drowned!
The pain went on like that for about a week. I remember that on the 3rd day I was home alone and I just sat in the hallway crying. I called my mom but couldn't talk, all she heard was me crying and she tried to comfort me but it was just a hard time for me. I tried going back to work after 4 days but my boss sent me home. I was too weak and had all ready lost weight. I weighed 135 at the time and ended up losing 17 pounds in 2-3 weeks (great weight loss program). I just couldn't eat anything. After the first week it got a little easier. I managed to drink Carnation Instant breakfast and my other survival food was stuffing. I went through 3 bottle of liquid vicoden, but I survived!
After 2 weeks I was still eating somewhat soft food, nothing crunchy of course but I was feeling better. When my throat was healing it went through several different phases. I remember it feeling a little itchy when it was scabbing, but that didn't last for too long. I would say it took a good month for me to be 100%.
One tip for you, make sure to use lots of chap stick or vaseline in the corners of your mouth before you go in for surgery. If not, your lips will split from the things they use from holding your mouth open. The inside of my lips got pretty irritated but thankfully someone gave me the advice about the corners before I went so I was spared that part of it.
Also, you might want to run to the store and pick up a few things (if you haevn't allready) such as: gatorade (not red, because you won't know if you are bleeding, and don't eat red popsickles), eggs (you might be able to handle soft scrambled after a few days), popsickles, have ice on hand, pudding, jello (again not red), carnation instant breakfast, milk....
One other thing I forgot to mention about the blood. I did bleed a little bit the afternoon and next day after the surgery. If I spit I could see it. The doctor said not to worry as long as it didn't get worse. I am sure your doctor will discuss that with you though
Before getting myt onsils out I got strep throat all the time. While the surgery wasn't enjoyable in the least bit I guess if I had to do it again I would. It is worth it now not being sick all the time. I wish you the best of luck through the procedure. I know that everything is going to go just fine. You won't be able to talk much, but you will be able to type so we'll be here for you. Please let us know how it went as soon as you are feeling up to it.