I had my tonsils out at age 40, and the first thing you have to remember is that at our age it is major surgery and takes some time to recover. Yes, I was told to gargle with warm salt water, and this tends to aid in healing. Stay on the soft foods, and whatever pain meds you were perscribed. It just takes time. But it is worth it. I haven't had a sore throat in 14 years where before I was constantly plagued with strep attacks. Good luck!