Since the weekend, glands on the right side of my throat have been very swollen, swallowing has been murder, and, at times, it has felt like my eardrum was about to rupture.
I made an appointment with my Dr. on Monday, but she couldn't see me until today. After a quick examination she called the nearby hospital which (thank god) was able to treat me right away.
I thought it was the mumps. Turns out, it is a Peritonsillar abscess
I was taken right into a treatment room, ahead of everyone else already waiting. After another look around, the resident froze the affected tonsil. This may have been the most pain I have ever experienced. Xilocaine burns. Xilocaine injected into tissue already inflamed and filled with pus, hurts...it hurts a lot.
After the freezing, the resident inserted a needle into the abscess. A LONG WAY INTO THE ABSCESS. I thought he was going to push it out the other side (wherever that might be). He then suctioned out the pus, making sure to root around a fair bit with that damn needle. He extracted about 4 ml, which doesn't sound like much, but sure looked like a lot sitting there in that syringe. It looked like a strawberry smoothie.
They should give a body something to squeeze when they're doing this sort of thing. They had presented me with a blue plastic spitoon, but there was no satisfying way to squeeze something so brittle and oddly shaped.
The told me to take Tylenol and Advil for the pain. And prescribed a 10-day course of antibiotics and a day's worth of steroids. The steroid might make me irritable and agitated (roid rage!) and the resident confided that the one time he took it, he stayed up all night...something to look forward to.
Anyhow. I am feeling better.