Well, I have some sweetness on my mind and I want to share! I recently had my tonsils taken out at the rightful age of 34.
I consider myself a pretty tough cookie with a high tolerance to pain. I think that’s a given when you get stung by honeybees for an entire lifetime right? Not to mention having three babies, playing sports all my life and working through some tough situations in the bee yards. Let’s just say I am good when it comes to having to tough it out. I was so hesitant on going through with a tonsillectomy but I knew that my health would be better in the long run. So I did it. I hated it. Absolutely awful. My doctor told me it would bring a grown man to his knees but somehow I thought I was different. WRONG!
I am happy to say that I am writing this on day 13 post surgery and I am finally down to a simple sore throat and out of my pajamas at least. I am down 10lbs (not necessarily a bad thing right?) and finally have a voice for at least half the day. Good golly I am making a comeback! In the week leading up to the surgery, I read a heap of blog articles looking for some useful tips on recovery. It was all generally the same ideas like applesauce, protein shakes, broth, soup, ice cream, popsicles etc. I also left my internet search with a lot of fear of how things would actually go down. I thankfully decided not to let fear knock me down and go for it.
The morning of the surgery I was rushing around trying to get the house, kids and husband in order before I became nonfunctional. I also wanted to take care of my business affairs so no one was left hanging. While working in the warehouse that morning I decided to grab some honeystix on my way out just in case I felt like a little something post surgery. Although I was too nauseous to want to eat anything other than a slushy after surgery I am so glad I had honey on my mind because it sure came in handy for the next two weeks.
I really can’t believe that more doctors and bloggers didn’t think of this! Duh! We use honey for colds and sore throats right? Why not for a tonsillectomy?
For the first couple of days post-surgery, I wanted nothing to do with ice cream or soup. I just wanted broth, gatorade and honey. The pain meds made me sick to my stomach because obviously, you take them on an empty stomach for the most part. The honey helped tremendously! They were soothing on my throat, easy to swallow, came me a little glucose and sucrose in my tummy plus it coated my throat nicely afterwards. That’s why I couldn’t eat ice cream for awhile because anything that was thick and creamy would just make it harder to swallow. I didn’t utilize ice cream until I was at least on day 7 or 8.
I am still baffled that honey doesn’t come up more often. It is so medicinal, has minerals vitamins, enzymes plus its antimicrobial which I would think is a huge plus for wounded areas! So, I guess I am here to shout at the top of my tonsil-less voice that honey is the key, my friends!
If you know someone who is about to undergo the surgery or you are the lucky one yourself I would stock up on honey or honeystixs NOW.
For all you mommas out there….duh….kids love honey and a lot of kids get their tonsils out these days. I truly hope honey saves your throat and tummy if you have to be in this same situation like it did with mine. I can now go back to my regularly scheduled life and pretend that I am the toughie that I thought I was. Perhaps, with a little bit of honey by my side I am still considered tough.