When you come home

Six things to make you feel much better while your throat gets better

Take your medicine

When you leave the hospital, the nurse or doctor will tell you how often you must take your medicine so that your throat won’t hurt too much. It’s important that you follow the instructions you get, even if doesn’t hurt anywhere right right then. The medicine helps to stop there from being pain in your throat or to make it hurt as little as possible and it will help you more if you take it as often as you are supposed to. You must take your medicine a half hour or an hour before you eat since it makes easier for you to eat. It’s really important that you take all the medicine for as long as the doctor told you to take it.

Get plenty of rest

It’s good to sleep with an extra pillow to lift up your head a little.
You’ll need lots of rest for a couple of days. After that you can get up and out, but you need to take it easy for one to two weeks. Don’t go straight back to school or out to play with your friends. The reason is that your friends may have colds or be sick some other way without even knowing it. Right after you have been operated it’s a lot easier to catch something than normally. It’s great to be outside if you feel like it, but you mustn’t let yourself get tired.

Speak quietly

Your voice might sound a little different after the operation, but this should go away once your throat has healed. It’s good for your voice to rest it too–take it easy, don’t scream or sing out loud since this can make your throat hurt more than it should.

Drink plenty of water

It’s important to drink lots of liquids so that you feel as good as possible. Getting a dry throat can hurt; this is why drinking something helps to stop the hurt. You’re allowed to drink what you want, but some people think that fizzy drinks that bubble up behind the nose aren’t comfortable. Remember to drink slowly, just taking small sips, since you can have a hard time swallowing at first. Chewing gum is also a good idea, since it helps you make more saliva in your mouth and that can make the back of your throat feel better.

Take it easy with food

Right after the operation your throat will be pretty sore the first day and this can make you feel a little sick. This will go away, but you should still take it easy with the food. Most things you can eat are OK and won’t hurt your throat, but don’t eat and drink anything very hot for the first couple of days after the operation. It’s good to stick with soft food that’s easy to swallow.Some examples are:

  • Ice cream, ice lollies/popsicle
  • Chocolate and vanilla pudding
  • Soup, stewed fruit and berries
  • Yoghurt
  • Mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, pancakes, omelettes
  • Macaroni/pasta/sticky rice
  • Smoothies, milkshakes

Food that you should stay away from

Hard and crispy food can be scratchy and hard to swallow and make your throat hurt. Some examples are::

  • Crisps/potato chips and other such snacks
  • Hard bread (e.g. crisp bread), rusks and hard biscuits/cookies
  • Hard apples

Some foods can make your throat sting, like:like::

  • Citrus fruits and citrus juice (oranges and orange juice)
  • Ketchup, mustard and spicy food