Discussion in 'Parent Emeritus' started by Nomad, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. Nomad

    Nomad Well-Known Member

    How painful is it for an adult to have a tonsillectomy? Does ice cream really help? It has been a long time since I had this procedure...but I vaguely recall about two days of BAD discomfort. Am I right?
  2. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    I can tell you that it hurts.
    No ice cream. It creates too much mucus. You want popsicles and clear liquids.

    It's pretty unrealistic to expect the specialist to know who prescribes what.
    They are afraid of liability if she has a reaction to Chantix or anything else. They all want themselves covered if she has a reaction or doesn't do well off medications. There is no reason for her to not go back on medications after 24 hrs or maybe 48 hrs.
    The specialist wants someone with experience to handle her medications. It is out of his field of expertise.

    Sorry. I wouldn't make a big deal for difficult child to stop smoking. Remind her and let it go. It's nerve wracking to have surgery let alone a difficult child who tends to have anxiety.
  3. Star*

    Star* call 911

    Tonsils out - hurts no matter how old you are

    NOt unrealistic to think that the specialist would assume a GP prescribed her medications - because, well he could.

    Tell her to not smoke - because it speeds the healing time - that much I can tell you for sure after watching DF go through back surgery.

    As far as not smoking? And Chantix - Df has been on it a little over 3 months - I feel like I have my life back and can breath in my own den - DF is still craving cigarettes but made a conscience effort to STOP - it's still hard. He's been smoking nearly 40 years. But he Wants to stop. Get her some natural licorice root to :censored2: on - from a health food store. It's expensive but it gives the taste of the cigarette - and the hand to mouth coordination she's missing - get her tootsie pops- and pop sicles -

    Fran is right - icecream =mucous. Clear liquids.

    Sorry for the surgery - poor kid.

  4. everywoman

    everywoman Active Member

    Clear, warm liquids---chicken noodle soup with no noodles at first is wonderful going down---just enough warmth and salt to "feel" good. No juice with acid---it burns like fire. Jello and pudding are good.
  5. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    Sending support to all of you. I have zero experience with tonsilectomies, but it sounds very painful (the after care anyway).

    I think I would let the issue go about the nurse assuming the gp precribes her medications. There are, in fact, many people who do have their medications monitored and prescribed through their gp. If you need to mention it, mention it, but then let it go.

    Regarding the smoking - I'd do the nicorette gum when she becomes desperate. It seems to me the main concern over her smoking one week prior to the surgery is that it is an irritant and could cause some tissue to be raw or irritated and make the surgery a little more difficult. From what I've read and heard, tonsilectomies are already risky for an adult so not smoking just seems to me like a given. However, chewing nicorette gum is not supposed to cause the same irritation in the throat. Or, alternatively, there is the patch. Did they give you a specific reason why she can't smoke? Poor kid. If my difficult child had to go cold turkey PLUS come off her medications like that, we'd all be a mess.

    Hugs, hang in there.
  6. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member

    My psychiatrist told me that Chantix wouldnt interfere with my bipolar medications but Im not on the same ones so take that for what its worth.

    However, Im also ordered not to even consider quitting smoking at this particular time...lmao.
  7. DiC

    DiC New Member

    The anesthesiologist is the person who needs to be aware of the interactions of BiPolar (BP) medications and the drugs they will be giving. The smoking can interfere with the healing process. Good luck and prayers.
  8. Sue C

    Sue C Active Member

    OK, Melissa is SUPPOSED to have her tonsils removed as soon as possible. She was told this by an ear/nose/throat dr in Fall. She refuses, saying she is too scared that she will not wake up from the anesthetic. Anyway, the dr told her to expect to miss 7-10 days of work!!! He also said it would be the worst sore throat of her life. Also that she'd be eating cold things aftwards, popsicles, etc. But he added that she will be so glad to get them removed because she wouldn't get the sore throats anymore and her throat would have more airway. Her tonsils are HUGE--they touch each other.

    I myself had my tonsils out in my senior year of high school during Spring Break. I felt lousy for about a week.

    Adults do much worse than kids do when having their tonsils out. But it is something we can get through. I did it, and I don't do well with pain.