I Had My Tonsils Removed As An Adult And Here’s What That’s Like
Spoiler: There's no ice cream
Hi, my name’s Bobby and at the ripe age of 23, I ended my longest and most toxic relationship: The one I had with my tonsils.
You see, I’ve gotten strep throat a lot.
What do I mean by a lot? More than 25 times. If you’ve never had strep throat, I'll save you a medical explainer and just say it's a serious infection with a type of Streptococcus bacteria that makes it feel like you're swallowing glass with the cute bonus of a fever and nausea.
The last few years it became more frequent.
At the urging of my primary doctor, I found a lovely ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist and made the appointment. Less than 45 seconds into my visit, while going over my medical history, my doctor said it was time to get my tonsils removed.
My hair stylist told me about her complications and being unable to breathe while my grandmother said getting her tonsils out was more painful than giving birth (and she did that seven times).
The big day...
Cue the ice cream?
So what did I actually eat? Basically nothing.
As for the pain, at first it was manageable.
But you really just can't speak
But then it really did hurt.
I also could feel the gross scabs on the back of my throat.
Once the uncomfortable tennis-ball-in-my-mouth feeling went away, I felt the scabs forming and eventually breaking off in pieces in the back of my throat. Sorry, for the visual. Every time a piece of scab broke off, it did become easier to speak, swallow, and breathe through my mouth.
I didn't realize how much my ears would hurt
Once the worst pain passed in my throat, my ears started to actually hurt more. I've never had an ear infection but I'd imagine that's what it felt like. There was a lot of pressure and I couldn't even enjoy the new Years & Years album without pain.
The hardest part was constantly drinking water.
It took about two weeks until I started to leave the house/feel like a real person again.
While my doctor strongly recommended I take two weeks off from work to rest, I worked from home the second week and still focused on recovering. Every day I started to feel better and slowly began returning to a normal diet.