I got the swallowing issue from the bart herx too. I could still swallow if I really tried, but it was just difficult enough that I wouldn't swallow automatically, and the saliva would build up in my mouth.
Ugh, this Cat Scratch Disease is like rabies. It not only stimulates the adrenals to cause aggression so animals will bite and scratch, it causes the swallowing problem too.
I could not swallow at all briefly. So scary.
I feel like an old car I used to have that had electrical issues where things would briefly and randomly not work, and the windshield wipers would occasionally swipe all by themselves, lol.