So today I had my tonsillectomy. I had cryoablasion done, which means they “froze” my tonsils off. Basically it means no sutures and less chance of bleeding. I had my boyfriend and mom go with me to keep me company before hand and take care of me afterward. It’s not that I was scared, I just enjoyed them being with me before something major. I feel like it was a learning experience with my boyfriend as he’s never seen me after major surgery (I’ve only had one) so it was an interesting experience.
The staff were all pleasant. Being in nursing school, I love talking to registered nurses(RNs) about their experiences. Even if people are not in the medical field (I’m speaking from experience) if you talk to the staff members about something you can actively contribute to (job, kids, etc.), you (the patient’s) anxiety will decrease dramatically. After I got some IV fluids hooked up to me, my preop RN left and the doctor came and talked to my boyfriend and mom. He is so energetic and so funny. He made a few jokes then explained to my boyfriend and mom what he was going to do and how long it was going to take.
Then I met the anesthesiologist. He was nice even though I only got about 5 minutes of talking time with him. He checked my blood pressure, listened to my heart and lungs, then told me the RN that will be helping with the surgery would come in. The operating nurse came in and at first spoke to me like a child, which was sort of off-putting. But I remembered that the patients before me were babies and children so I didn’t let it bother me too much. She then quickly got out of that “kid-talk mode” then started to take me back. I entered the operating room and started shaking because it was so cold. But the nurses provided me a warm blanket
The only “scary” part was when they were putting me to sleep. Going through nursing school, I was lucky enough to have studied perioperative procedures and pharmacology concerning general anesthesia. First, they give a muscle relaxer then they’ll give the sedation. Now there are a few seconds in between the drugs to where you realize you cannot move and it is terrifying. At least it was to me. But as soon as I tried to freak out about it I was out.
I did dream under sedation. I don’t know why I did, but I made up a music video to “Happy Little Pills” by Troye Sivan. It was very relaxing and entertaining. Unfortunately I don’t remember any details to tell you guys. :(
When I woke up I was eager to tell the nurses about the music video I dreamed up and why I “knew I had to stand up slow because orthostatic hypotension is no joke”. Lol. I got to go sit in the recovery room on a chair with another warm blanket and watch “Up”. They made sure I drank something before I was able to go. I did start shaking a couple times really violently but they said that was anesthetic related. I also had the itchiest nose of my life! (Also anesthetic related). So the nurse and I reviewed all of my post operative instructions and she let me go after I stopped shaking.
I got home and ate some potatoes and watched America’s Next Top Model on the couch with my bf. I wasn’t really tired but he was so we just snuggled. It made me feel good nonetheless.
While my throat has hurt off and on, it’s not too bad. But I am bound and determined to drink a lot of fluids (I’ve had 2 things of apple juice, a cup of gatorade and like 3 cups of water). I kept the cup they gave me from the doctor’s office and have been using that. I haven’t felt too bad. The nurse did say that the worse day will be my 3rd recovery day though, so we’ll go through that in the future. And I will definitely update to tell you guys what’s going on.
My purpose of this is to not only provide subjective information to those who are going to go through a tonsillectomy, but to also give information as it happens. I feel that a lot of people wait to give their experience after they’ve reflected on the event and it can distort their memories. So hopefully my play-by-play experience will be helpful (and maybe comforting) to those looking for advice.
Again, these will all be tagged with “tonsillectomy” and “surgery” if you want to black list or look at them. At the end of my journey I’ll post a permalink on my blog for easy access. :)