I had mine taken out in 1974 or 75, can't remember which. I was heading towards the tail end of the push to take most kids tonsils out, and was still a very common practice. Looking back at it now, knowing what I know now as a medical professional, I would say that 70 percent, maybe more were not necessary. But as with most things, medicine not being an exception, more and more is learned every year, and we are learning what was common practice, "the norm", wasn't and always isn't what's best for the patient. I was just telling someone the other day about this topic and then, almost everyone had it done because it was really thought to be the best thing, now through medical advancements, we know better and only remove them if necessary, and it's warranted.
My kids were born 20 years later and I only remember hearing of a few of my girls friends that ever had their tonsiles taken out of them. I was one of the lucky ones, I actually needed to have them taken because I would get strep infection after strep infection. Having them removed did cut down on the frequency to about once or twice a year though, but after having them out, the docs thought it would keep me from getting strep at all, which, I would assume it would for the kids that only got it once in a great while in the first place, removing them would eliminate it even more so.
To be honest with you, at 4-5 years old, I don't remember a whole lot, just bits an pieces of things. I remember being in a bed, but it was a full sized bed but it had bars that pulled up on the sides making it almost look like a crib. I remember them having a lot of trouble getting me to sleep. They gave me a shot in my fanny when I was still in my room to make me sleepy, it didn't work, then down in the surgery area, they gave me some more, then some more. I remember being wheeled into the surgical suite and hearing the doctor say, "she's too little for that high of a dose, but nothing else is putter her down, lets do it." Apparently I woke up fine, had a bit of a sore throat, but hey, I could have all the ice cream and Popsicles I wanted. That's about all I remember back in the 70s.
Now, my oldest daughter at 17 suddenly started getting one strep infection after another, about 6-8 of them in a year. My GP finally sent her to the ENT who took one look at the size of them, popped out about 4 nasty smelling tonsile stones out of the pockets and promptly scheduled her for surgery 2 weeks later.
They say it's much more rough when you are an adult, and she was no exception. Because she was a senior in high school, we scheduled it during Christmas break. She really couldn't eat anything but ice cream, Popsicles, and luke warm soup for a good week or two, then over the next week she graduated up to soft food such as mashed potato's, mac and cheese, and other various things. I did have to have her liquid pain medication refilled twice. I would say from start to finish, it was pretty close to a month before she was totally back to herself again. But she has told me over and over again how much better she feels. It's been 2 years now and she hasn't even had a sore throat since, and on a bonus for the rest of us in the house, she no longer snores, lol. And trust me when I tell you, that's a huge blessing for all of us here at my house, lol.
Good luck, and please feel free to ask any more questions you might have, not sure I can help, but I will do my best and I am sure the other will as well.