Yesterday I had a little visit to the doctor. And not just any regular family practice doctor. It was the Ear, Nose, & Throat guy, or otolaryngologist if you want to be technical. I had been to visit him before but it's been a long time & I had completely forgotten that he was an older, balding man with a ponytail. I wonder if he has a Harley?
Anyway, I paid a visit to the Doc because I have this ongoing problem. I won't get too detailed or technical because I don't want to gross anyone out. The problem is this: I have enlarged tonsils. They are rather monstrous. They are also pitted or scarred. That means that they have lots of rough spots & even a hole or two that are the legacy of infections past. Because I have this pitting & scarring my tonsils catch lots of debris. Some of the debris is food particles & some of it is tissue that sloughs off from the mouth in it's natural cycle of cell growth & shedding (just like your skin does). The gross thing is that this debris inflames my tonsils & causes all sorts of irritation. I am much more susceptible to infection & sore throats (my throat hurts - although not unbearably by any means - probably 4 days out of 7). I routinely gargle & flush & try to clean my tonsils. But I was having so much irritation I made the doctor's appointment. I was hoping he had some magic trick that would help me out. He didn't. He gave me two options: keep doing what I'm doing or have my tonsils removed. It's entirely up to me; he thought either option was reasonable. So my question is this:
How many of you have had your tonsils removed? How many of your children have had their tonsils removed? How long was your/their recovery? On a scale of 1-10 (1 being you would never do it again & 10 being super happy every day since your surgery) where would you rate your tonsillectomy?
At this point I have no intention of signing up for another surgery, although like the gall bladder situation, this won't get better & will probably only get more bothersome. My goal of dying with all the body parts I was born with is really just crushed, crushed, crushed.
Leave me a comment & let me know all about your tonsil health!
Yeah, I realize that was a really super weird way to sign off of this post...