As I sit here at 3am, waiting for the pain medicine to kick in, I feel like a chewin' tobacco user because I'm dragging around a spit cup. No, I haven't taken up putting tobacco in my mouth and spitting in a cup, but because it HURTS SO BAD TO SWALLOW that I would rather spit in a cup than swallow it. I have to hold my ears every time I do swallow because swallowing causes extreme pain in my ears as well. It is like this every time I wake up - I have to relearn to swallow - it does get a little less painful the more I do it.
Now I have to go back to sleep and start all over in approximately 4 more hours. That is my sleep schedule since the surgery - 4 hour increments. As I don't particularly like taking pain pills, I try not to take them every 4 hours and I substitute Ibuprofen some of the time.
I know I was warned, but I didn't think the pain would be this bad.