Matthew is on the mend.
Today he only had to take two doses of pain medication.
He didn't "hold his spit" at all. "Holding his spit" was a super charming situation in which he allowed his mouth to fill up with saliva. He would then let it drool out instead of swallowing.
He only complained about his "froat" hurting a few times.
I've heard that when the scabs fall off he will have increased pain so I'm bracing myself. But, for now, I feel like we're on the upswing.