Sue, Hang in there, I was 38 years old when I had my done. Unfortunately we do not bounce back like children. You just have to take the pain, part of the process. Nothing will make it feel better except time. Sorry, the mucus is part of it. Be happy to swallow water. Drink plenty of liquids as not to become dehydrated. Don't eat any hamburger. It will get stuck in the pockets that are left. Only until you are completely healed, is it completely safe to eat hamburger. An ice pack to the neck area might help. You will feel better in about a month.