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)

I had my tonsils out when I was seven. My older brother needed to have his removed, and I believe the doctor made my parents a "family" offer. Or maybe they had a coupon. We didn't get ice cream, but this was in the stone age. I remember my first swallow after waking up, like I remember JFK, the Challenger, 9/11, etc. Demand ice cream or a suitable substitute!

And I love the idea of a superhero marathon rerun.

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterImmortal1

But, but... such a goldmine of comic topics!
How to complain believably about horrendous pain, while sounding like a chipmunk..
How to act normal while on strong pain medication.
How to avoid self-pity in your web-comic.
How to maximize sympathy received during convalescence.
How to relearn how to talk.
How to appreciate the many flavors of ice cream.

And so on. For extra fun, google Tonsillolith.

Sorry, don't let me put you off.

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerraHertz

To Clarify Scott, my request for guest comics was not an indication that I thought that they'd be better than yours, merely that it is always interesting seeing another artists take on someone's comic. They've generally been entertaining on other web comics that I read. Also, if I wanted re-runs, I'd grab your (autographed) books off my shelf and flick through them.
I recommend that everyone else purchase copies of these books to help them through the difficult 2 week Tonsil-hiatus.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter9Squirrels

Good luck with the ice-cream-a-thon and second the pineapple, preferably mixed with rum using a blender and ice.

You know pain inspires creativity, right? Personally it's other people's pain but it might work for you.....

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave

I think you shouldn't have your tonsils out. Look into it. Research shows people who've had their tonsils out are much more likely to get stomach cancer. They are there for a reason.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSondra

Good luck.

Also, does this mean we'll be seeing a strip where you get bionic tonsils? Six million dollars doesn't go as far as it did in my childhood.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Many comments ago, Victoria mentioned Throat Coat by Traditional Medicinals... I first used that same stuff based on a co-workers recommendation (for nasty sore throats, mind you--my tonsillectomy occurred when I was 3, and is one of my earliest memores, though it's a very hazy one). Anyway, it's tasty, and seemed to help at least as well as--if not better than--those icky, mediciney sprays or lozenges. Don't know how it'll work in tonsillectomy recovery, but it might be worth a shot. (And no, I'm not a compensated advertizer or whatever for that brand; I just happened to like it.)

A few comments later, WK mentioned toast. "Scrapy, scrapy toast." LOL, I shall always think of that phrase at the mere mention of toast, or at the sight of a toaster from now on!

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Regarding Sondra's comment about not getting a tonsillectomy... I've heard that doctors nowadays DO try to leave tonsils in, but when they recommend a tonsillectomy, it's because the tonsils are too far gone (or are chronically malfunctioning) to leave in. Of course tonsils are there for a reason, but sometimes the pain & suffering make them more of a liability than a benefit.

But of course, I'm sure you (Scott) have already done a bit of research on your own... I doubt you'd jump into a surgical procedure without balancing all the risks verus benefits.

As I said many posts ago, best wishes!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

I have actually been rear-ended in the front of my car. Here's how it happened...

We're driving along Skyline drive in Shenandoah national park. This is a slow moving road and often people will just stop in the road to view the wildlife. So we come up behind a car that's stopped in the road, and I stop behind him to patiently wait for him to start moving again. I think he was looking at deer.

Anyway, all of a sudden I see his car's reverse lights come on, and the car coming toward me. I laid on the horn, but it was too late, he ran right into my car.

And that's how I was rear-ended in the front of my car.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris Long

But wouldn't your car be invisible if it was invincible? Heehee.
I'd like to know how he really Did rear end his car like that though..
Infinite possibility!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTan

My sister had her tonsils taken out when she was pretty young. She says it's less about the level of pain and more about the discomfort and inconvenience. Couldn't eat solid food for weeks. Icecream and Jell-O and runny eggs for food gets old but then if you're creative the food choices can be less monotonous.

On the comic, I disagree on one point: I've accomplished a lot by maintaining some very unrealistic expectations. :-)
“Reasonable men adapt themselves to circumstances, whilst unreasonable men persist in attempting to adapt circumstances to themselves. That is why all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw

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September 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJevaughn Brown

I think the whole tonsils issue undermines the BRILLIANCE of this strip. BRILLIANT! SCOTT YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!! and Im an over-reactor obviously

September 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheodora
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