HI Denise, Thanks so much for all the information. I am being really careful. I get some bloating after I eat, so I think I should probably eat even smaller meals. It's funny about
all the chewing. You would think it would be easy to do, but it has to be so deliberate, so I have to keep reminding myself. The noise is loud. Actually, I had a bit of a noisy stomach the last couple of years as the situation got worse. I know that I am breathing easier. I had just gotten used to occasionally gasping. I know it is quite a trauma to the stomach so I shouldn't be impatient. I have no problem with swallowing and before I choked very often, kind of like things going down the wrong pipe and it would happen when I wasn't ingesting anything, just a fit of choky coughing. I am so grateful that the swallowing is going well. I am so glad to have found this site. I was finding all kinds of really weird stuff and most of it was several years old. My surgeon does mostly lap band weight reduction surgery. I think with all his experience in that field, this made him very confident about
this surgery which he has done less. It is kind of a rare surgery really, not like tonsils or gallbladder etc which lots of people have had, so it was harder to find information about
it. Even all the doctors I have seen in the last couple of years had different opinions or didn't know anything about
what to do about
it, so it was disheartening. I figured out that the doctors I felt the best about
all thought I should have the surgery especially since I am not getting any younger. Thanks again for sharing. I am feeling better every day and really forcing myself to rest since I don't go back to work for about
3 weeks, I think I will be much improved by the 21st. My daughters came and helped me the first week and the one who lives closest came back this weekend to change sheets and help out and visit. That was really helpful. I have had some diahrrea also, but then I always did! Such a learning experience! Have a great week. Happy almost Tuesday.