After coming down with tonsil infections 5 times this year, I finally bit the bullet and consulted an Ear Nose Throat (ENT) specialist to find out what was wrong with me. Five infections in a year is not normal and each incident was worse than the previous one in terms of duration, fever and pain. I had the feeling that antibiotics were becoming less and less effective too when the most recent infection was still not healed after 2 weeks. Thus, when surgery was proposed, I jumped on the thought of fixing the problem once and for all.
On Friday 17 Sep 2011, I had tonsillectomy done at Gleneagles and the operation was over in around an hour. I had a look at the Swedish meatball-sized tonsils that they removed afterwards and was really glad that they were out of my system. I then spent the next 2 nights in the hospital recuperating and enjoying the excellent hospital service. I’m really glad I chose Gleneagles to have my surgery done at as post-op care was excellent. The nurses there were very attentive and made sure that I was always as comfortable as possible. They were very swift in responding to requests like prompty stopping my Morphine drip after I started complaining of nausea the next morning and bringing me ice cream/milk/toast in the middle of the night. They also have free wi-fi, cable TV and daily newspapers so I was never bored. Wifey, Ashley and Alicia also visited me on Friday and Saturday to keep my spirits up.
Now on day 7 into my recovery, I’m glad to report that the pain isn’t as bad as I feared. My throat is still pretty swollen, making me sound odd when I talk, but at least the sharp pains are few and far between. I think the medication prescribed (antibiotics, Arcoxia and Panadol) really helped with that. I heard that the pain would get worse when the scabs start to fall off but we’ll see! I’ve also been drinking McD milkshakes and eating ice cream almost every day (can’t think of a better excuse to do so!) which is really soothing on the throat (but probably not so good for body fat). If all goes well, I should be a-ok in a few day’s time.
The only not-so-good news – the $7k+ hospital bill. Luckily, some of it is covered by company insurance and Medisave, but still… ouch!