I’m so glad you sent an update. I prayed for you this morning & hoped your surgery would go well. Though I expect you’ve worked out answers to some of your questions by now, I will answer them.
Ice should start as soon as you get home from surgery. Use gel ice packs if possible w/ a thin towel or washcloth between the ice pack & your skin to protect your skin. Ice 15 min on & 45 off every couple of hours. Pain meds should be taken soon after you get home & should be taken according to the schedule on the bottle. It’s critical to stick w/ the pain meds schedule even during the night in order to stay on top of the pain. You will likely need your pain meds for most of the first week post op. Days 3-5 can be the worst as swelling reaches its peak then. Pain will start to dissipate in week 2 post op & will gradually disappear over the next several weeks to months. It can take up to a year for nerves to fully recover. If you’re taking an opioid, you’ll also need to take a stool softener & laxative daily as opioids are VERY constipating.
Sleeping - sleep on your back w/ your head elevated to 30º if possible as this will help reduce swelling in your neck & throat. A wedge pillow for head/upper body elevation & a U or V shaped pillow to keep your head stable are useful for this.
You may find you don’t sleep very well the first week post op as the surgery pain & sleeping upright are a challenge. Rest as much as you can during the day & that will help make up for lack of sleep at night.
I will pray for a speedy & complete recovery.