Follow up to my post #106: Two other things to be aware of: 1) Get a humidifier/vaporizer. This will keep your throat moist during the night which is one of the reasons I had such an easy recovery. We just bought an inexpensive Vicks unit from Walmart - worked great. 2) One of the side effects of extended use of pain medication is constipation. DON'T IGNORE THIS!! The absolute worst pain I had during my recovery was when I had to get through the constipation. I had never had it before and it can be really bad. So start taking Exlax or Correctol from the beginning and you will not have to deal with this. Wish I had taken this seriously!