Bill, aka the Crazy Clock Guy, aka Hey You (tallguy) wrote,
Bill, aka the Crazy Clock Guy, aka Hey You
tallguy

Has anyone here ever had their tonsils removed?

My tonsils are extremely inflamed right now, a problem which seems to occur with alarming regularity. Ever since I was a kid, doctors have suggested that I have my tonsils removed, but there was never an overwhelming medical necessity.

As I got older, I started to snore with a vengeance, to where it disturbed my (ex-)wife's sleep. I went to an otolaryngologist (ear-nose-throat doctor) a few years ago, and he concluded that it was due to my enlarged tonsils. He recommended a tonsillectomy, but there was no pressing need, and it would have been considered elective surgery under my insurance plan. I didn't have the $5000 to spare.

I still don't, but I'm thinking that this is starting to present a definite medical condition. If I have to stay home from work tomorrow (an increasing likely possibility), I'll try to get into my GP for a referral, and see what my new insurance policy covers.

Have any of you ever had your tonsils removed, either as a kid or as an adult? I know it's more painful as an adult, it does affect your immune system somewhat, and despite what we all learned on the Brady Bunch, eating ice cream is NOT recommended during recovery (cold is good, dairy coating the throat is not).
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