This was posted as a reply on Facebook. But some people commented that they don’t do Facebook, and I have to agree with them on that. So I’m re-posting here on my blog. Aren’t you lucky.
I had a mild sore throat for about 5 days and didn’t think much about it. Things really started to get bad on Tuesday and I left work early to visit the Doctor. The Doctor took a mouth swab to send off and see if it was Strep, but I wouldn’t get the results until Friday. So she gave my a simple antibiotic and some stuff to gargle with. After doing that for 2 days, my sore throat wasn’t getting any better. The medicine the Doctor gave me wasn’t helping. It got to the point where I couldn’t even swallow a mouth full of water because it just hurt too much. Since it was getting to hard to swallow, I was consuming less food, and more importantly water. (I had been drinking soup since Tuesday at lunch, but less and less each day). I just couldn’t take the pain any more.
So the other morning at 2am, I decided that I wasn’t going to wait for the results from my doctors throat swab and I went to the hospital emergency room. They loaded me up on quality pain killers – Tylenol and Motrin had zero effect on me and hooked up the fluids to fight off dehydration.
In the end, it was the right call because that throat swab my doctor did never would have shown that I had a Peritonsillar abscess (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonsillar_abscess ), although the specialist didn’t seem to like the calling it an abscess.
She made a couple small incisions at the back of my mouth between my tonsils and the left side (where the pain was) and while that hurt like you would not believe, it relieved the pain. Now, just 12 hours after getting home from the hospital, I am having no problems drinking whatever I want and could easily eat real food again – although I’m taking it slowly.
The downside is that I’m hooked up to a couple IV’s for just under a week as they pump me full of antibiotics. And I have follow up appointments like you wouldn’t believe. But it’s a small price to pay to be able to eat again! Heck, I’m just glad this didn’t happen before the long weekend – to miss all that food from the wedding and then 2 thanksgiving dinners would have sucked.