From Tonsillectomy to Bloody Marys…
GregTooke- Author, Publisher, Patient Advocate and Lush
In 2008, at the age of 44, I underwent tonsillectomy surgery. As I struggled to prepare for the surgery and recover from it, I was frustrated by the lack of quality content available on the internet for tonsillectomy patients. I was also frustrated by the general public’s assumptions about adult tonsillectomy surgery, and the lack of compassion from my health care providers. I was ill-prepared and struggled through recovery with minimal support. For this reason, I created a website to provide information to adults considering or recovering from tonsillectomy. It was called, “My Big Fat Tonsillectomy.” I later added a forum where other patients could share their experiences, questions, pain, and compassion.
Since then I’ve learned a great deal about tonsillectomy, and also about web design and search engine optimization. After reading thousands and thousands of posts to the forum, I have amassed a fortune in knowledge and insight into the experience of adult tonsillectomy. I’ve learned even more about the beauty and resilience of the human spirit.
Speaking of spirits, as a long time aficionado of bloody Mary mix recipes, I decided to take what I learned about creating websites and create a fun blog about the cocktail and its many manifestations. My Big Fat Bloody Mary is a lighter and more fun site where I share tips and strategies for making the best bloody Mary. When you feel up to it, check it out!
This new site is intended to be a place where people considering or recovering from tonsillectomy can arm themselves with information and become their own best advocates. But it’s also a community. Every page allows comments and questions. The tonsillectomy forum is pure, free form venting, asking, crying, sharing, and mingling.
I am currently working on a book designed to guide patients, step by step, through the period leading up to surgery, the day of surgery, and the recovery from tonsillectomy.