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[Feb. 5th, 2008|02:45 pm]
Eliane/Jennifer
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Still with the pain when/after swallowing. This is making it very tough to stay hydrated...but I'm forcing myself. The ENT surgeon said to me on at least three separate occasions that he really believes the key factor in healing from a tonsillectomy is hydration. If he feels that strongly about it, hey, I'll believe him.

Had a cup of miso soup fifteen minutes ago. I'm still dealing with the pain from that--and I'm only 1.75 hours post-pain-meds (I take them every 4 hours). So, yeah. Things aren't going great.

I guess that means they can only get better?

Ow.
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[User Picture]From: ingusmoen
2008-02-05 09:32 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're feeling poorly, darlin.

I don't normally put a lot of stock in what a doctor says, but in this case I'm inclined to agree, too, so keep pushing those fluids.

Here's to hoping you feel better soon.
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[User Picture]From: spot1111
2008-02-05 10:26 pm (UTC)
I'm always telling my kids to drink, drink...keeps the medications swooshing around and all. Yeah. They used to believe it. Please keep forcing it as best you can, however you can.

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[User Picture]From: rakamuffin
2008-02-05 09:49 pm (UTC)
oh, sweetie. *hug*

i know this will get better. probably doesn't feel like it now, but it will.
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[User Picture]From: baron_berwyn
2008-02-06 12:05 am (UTC)
Just a suggestion, but again from memories of my own tonsilouttame - you'd probably do better with cool bland liquids. I've never had miso soup, but just read a recipe and I don't think its something I'd want on raw flesh. Remember, this isn't just a sore throaat, its a post-op site. If the physical action of swallowing hurts, try itty-bitty sips that can roll down without a lot of throat action.
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-02-06 12:31 am (UTC)
Thanks Berwyn--actually I'm putting a lot more thought into food/drink than it might seem. The nurse practitioner talked a lot about what I should stay away from (hot foods, spices, rough or chunky foods) and what kind of timeline I should use in re-introducing solids. I have a rather bland brand of miso soup in packets, and you make it with lukewarm water; it doesn't have spices or chunks of anything. So it's actually pretty good for this situation. Other things I've had (either cold or very slightly lukewarm): chicken broth, apple cider, plum juice (delicious and, like prune juice, good for the bowels), yogurt, cinnamon applesauce, tea with a splash of cream, popsicles, and ice cream.

So far the popsicles trump everything else for sheer comfort value, but a person can't live on popsicles alone! So I am trying to vary things. Tomorrow I might try a soft scrambled egg for breakfast. NO PEPPER of course!

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[User Picture]From: arebekah
2008-02-06 05:14 am (UTC)
Can you use a straw, or would that put unhappy pressure on tender places?

I've found that I can get down a lot more fluids, especially water, even when I'm not that interested in drinking if I've got a straw.

I also highly recommend chocolate pudding - if made with milk you get in two of the most important food groups.

Or custard, custard is good, mmm custard/flan ... even non-goaty flan.
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-02-09 03:55 am (UTC)
I can reply in the affirmative now, a straw works! (It might not have when I originally posted this, but hey, I'm a cautious person and didn't try it until just now.) I was worried about the suction factor and how it would pull on my "tender places", but it turns out you don't have to suck much to use a straw on a Seattle's Best vanilla coffee blended drink. ;)

But I like the suggestion of using straws to make hydrating more appealing! I might bring some to work and see if I'm drinking any more than usual. Surely much marketing money goes into the idea that we'll drink more if we buy expensive aluminum or lexan water bottles...but so far I've resisted that temptation.
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