I am on day 2 of recovery. I can say it is a bit painful, but water, ice, and popsicles are the key, slushies if you have access. On the day of surgery i drank 2 gallons of water, 3 slushies and half a box of popsicles. So far (knock on wood) I feel better than I do when I get srtep, or sore throats. You don't have the sickness feel to the experience. Good Luck to all. I was nervous when I read this site, but it helped me really focus and force the fluids like crazy... thanks for the advice.