How to Adjust your Expectations

In a couple of weeks I will be having my tonsils removed. Estimates of the quality of the pain I'll be in afterward seem to be ranging between "bad" and “horrendous." As such, I'll be taking a little time (at least a week, likely two" from the comic. I'm considering re-running all of the superhero comics in order during that time.


Whaddaya think?


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Reader Comments (92)

Great idea. All the best for your tonsillectomy and get well soon!

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrik

A full superhero run would be awesome. Hope you recover well and look forward to seeing more of your new stuff when you're feeling better.

Will we be seeing any new clipart packs? The Halloween pack is beginning to exhaust its usability in presentations.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRhys

I had my tonsils removed 11 years ago, at age 21.
It was not fun, specially while working at a call center.

Cold water and lemon ice cream (made with water) will be your friends.
Orange juice, on the other hand, being un-diluted by water, will NOT.

Take my word for it.
And good luck.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEddie Gosset

Tonsils, huh? Demand copious amounts of ice cream in post op. I never had mine out but I hear that it is the God-given right of any tonsillitis sufferer after surgery. Hope you recover well, Scott.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPrydie

I think you should get dosed up on as many pain medications as possible and then write some comics. But I might not have your best interests at heart :)

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNyctef

oooh, yes please to the superhero comics. :) good luck with the tonsils.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrobin

Sounds good to me...the reruns, not the horrendous pain. I hope you get through it okay...

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurelRaven

2 weeks of pain in the form of withdrawal for us!?! When I'm in pain I just work through it, that and the large handfuls of painkillers seem to help.

Seriously though, hope all goes well, and I offer ice cream if you are in San Diego.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhilster

Well, let me put it this way: I've had my tonsils out, and I've spilled a pot of boiling water across my belly.

Go for the tonsils. At least you get ice cream.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrefugee

Bring on the superhero comics! :D

I had my tonsils out at age 22, and sounded like I was about 8 years old for a few weeks.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermelydia

You get time off, and we get some of your best work, in order, instead of a hiatus? Sounds great to me.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoel D

Recovering from a tonsillectomy doesn't have to be bad. The reaction varies from patient to patient. Waking from a general anaesthetic is quite unpleasant, but your throat is going to feel swollen and constricted. Swallowing is difficult and painful at first and it may be a few days before it becomes comfortable.

I ate an awful lot of ice cream and jelly and the helped considerably. The ice cream helps to sooth the throat and take down the swelling and the jelly (jello in yankeeland) slips down the throat very easily. You may initially cough up some clots of blood, but that's over with very quickly. Like I say, the aftermath can vary from person to person, but just acting sensibly can greatly reduce the trauma. I wish you my best.

And rerunning the superhero comics sound like an excellent idea.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkodabar

Hard work,
I gotta keep pushing myself

pa papapa parapapa

Buckethead rules :)

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGonzalo

I had my tonsils out in early March and thought I was going to be up and around in a week. Instead, I spent two solid weeks playing Uncharted 2 and feeling sorry for myself. It sucked, but now I can breathe way better.

Enjoy the pain meds, too! They're fuuuuunnnn.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEel Snave

I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that I'm probably not the only one looking forward to the strips that get drawn under the influence of hopefully interesting pharmaceutical pain killers that hopefully get prescribed to handle the inevitable pain.

Good luck!

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTravisD

Best of luck with your surgery! I hope your recovery is swift and relatively painless, or - barring that - fodder for at least a few comics.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetaCarpal

Good luck with the op, I hear that ice cream is no longer the go for tonsillectomy recovery, it's dry scratchy food which helps to keep the wounds clean. I hope for your sake that's just a vicious lie.

With regards to the comic for the duration of your downtime, 2 words. "Guest Week". Get Missy and some of your compatriots/competitors out there in webcomicland to create filler. Or perhaps give some of your targets/collaborators/characters the opportunity to turn the tables on you. I'm sure the Rick would relish the opportunity.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter9Squirrels

Any chance of guest comics from your wife?

Feel better soon.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Super hero comics sound good, but I also wouldn't mind seeing all the moonmen comics again.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJon Freestone

Good luck with your surgery. My sister had hers done, and was advised to eat a lot of pineapple in the 2 days prior.

Apparently it cuts down on swelling; she ended up recovering very quickly and without much pain. Try it out!

@9Squirrels: Good lord, that hurts just thinking about it.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Sorry to post off-topic, but I really enjoyed this comic.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSt. Chris

Whatever you do, do not do a web search on "adult tonsilectomy post-op". Apparently, having them out at age five, like I did, is the way to go.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. We'll be thrilled with whatever reruns that we get.

As for today's comic, "I got rear-ended in the front" sounds like the punchline to a dirty joke.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

I second 9squirrels! Seems like it would be fairly simple to make a few 'stock' images available, and let your cleverest friends get some of their own back.

For pain relief, of course the hypnotist is going to recommend hypnosis. You should be able to find a good one in your area for less than $150, and they should be able to ensure you are pain-free post-op and that your healing period is accelerated nicely. A few hospitals have hypnotists on-staff now for these reasons (it saves the hospital an average of $420 in recovery time). If you decide to go this route, the main thing I'd ask for in a hypnotist to check for competence is 'rapid inductions' - 2 minutes or less.

Hope it goes great for you!

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Pope

This is Basic Instructions! I think we definitely need a 'how to anticipate pain', or a before / after scenario...

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPsycasm

As just one more random data point, after my tonsils were removed at age 28, I didn't suffer too much pain. I think I was walking about after a day or so. Of course ice cream is good; so is cold pudding. Popsicles however are the best!

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErik

Hi Scott -

I had my tonsils out last year at age 34. My surgeon told me that as we get older our tonsils get more blood vessels in them, so it's more complicated and longer to recover. "They just peel out of young kids," he said, "but for adults it's a lot of cutting and sealing."

I expected to be laid up for about 2 weeks, but I was a drooling, unable-to-swallow mess for about 3 weeks. I couldn't even watch TV because of the pain at some points. I quite happily got myself addicted to oxycodone, and it's really the only thing that got me through.

I hope you have a much better experience. Though take as much oxycodone as you can, it's awesome.


June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStewart Johnson

Do it! I was just wishing that you'd have your tonsils removed. I mean that you'd put all the superhero strips in one place.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbaardvark

Looking forward to the superhero reruns... best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Regarding this strip, I laughed aloud at panel 2, since I deal with bad drivers far more often than I'd like to and indestructable cars DO seem more realistic than decent drivers. Panel 3 was a great follow-up, too.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Tonsilitis is not as bad as people make it out to be. Post-op feels like a nasty case of Strep.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

I hope your tonsillectomy goes well- when I had mine done, it wasn't painful unless I was eating, but my doctor told me to eat dry foods such as cookies (Yes, 9Squirrels was right, although it's not as painful as it sounds). Recovered my voice in a week though.
Also, looking forward to the superhero reruns, I always enjoyed them

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTriiti

I vote randomly selected comic panes, from different strips, and redone drug induced typo friendly dialogue!

I had my tonsils out at the tender age of 31. Take all the time you need to recover, and for christ's sake do everything your doctor the letter. Expect to have a uvula the size of an adult human thumb for about a month. You will lose weight, simply because you won't be able to eat without pain. Stock up on soups and yogurt, but avoid anything overly acidic; if you're a coffee drinker, my condolences on going cold turkey until the doctor gives you the OK. Those 20-packs of popsicles saved my life during recovery.

Oh, and don't use your voice at all (until you get the green light, of course) unless you want to sound like Miles Davis throttling Louis Armstrong hereafter.

Actually, that might be kind of cool.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOuroboros

Okay, I'm sorry, but were the double entendres intentional or is this just me? Rick talking about "finding new and unusual ways to get rear-ended" was something I was sure was going to get it's own punchline...

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChesh

I think you will get to eat piles of ice cream, and that can't be a bad thing can it?

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUKNick

Good luck with the tonsils!
Unfortunately they don't give ice cream any more, I had mine out 15 years ago, at age 4, and they gave me corn flakes and rice crispies. I was not pleased at the lack of ice cream.
Get well soon!

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAMS1492

A 'Basic Instruction' on 'How to Have Your Tonsils Removed' would seem a natural outcome of your date with the surgeon. Possibly even two.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaitland

Good Luck!

This could be fodder for a few strips in the future. I'm looking foward to the superhero comics and the possibility of some future strips influenced by some of the high quality pain killers you will hopefully be on.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

Sounds awesome, I often find myself looking through the archive for them.
Good luck with the op.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I missed the first two weeks of kindergarten from getting my tonsils out. My advice to you is this: stock up on popsicles and ice cream. On the plus side, it did indeed eliminate my recurring inner-ear infections. And the popsicles and ice cream were good too.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIstas

I was actually just thinking while reading the comic how much I'd love to see all of the Rocket Hat comics in an archive. So there's my vote.

Good luck with the surgery and the not dying and all!

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBenjamin
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