Oh man, mine was bad but not that bad! I took two weeks off and recupped at home, was on a morphine "patch" for those weeks. I could drink some, but didn't eat for ten days and tried to sleep through the worst of it (although NO position is comfortable, I dozed in the recliner for the first couple weeks, couldn't tolerate any other position!) My throat didn't feel really normal for two months. Sounds like that was a walk in the park compared to you, though.
I'd still go through it all over again. I was a zombie before, sleeping 12 to 14 hours and then needed a nap in the afternoon, didn't even feel like walking or shopping. Fell asleep at work, in front of the TV, fell asleep once in church (so embarrasing!) afraid to drive sometimes. It's like night and day, the pain for me was worth getting my life back.
Yeah didnt have those kind of symptoms but the doctor said mine was the worst case he had ever seen and wanted to just to a Trach right away. I said forget about that. Still would do the surgery.