It's wonderful to hear you're doing so well! It is so helpful to post your progress. As you know others will find this forum looking for information as they consider the surgery. It is a great help to have experienced members share their surgical journey.
You will certainly be able to eat more normally as time goes on. Since swelling increases through the first two weeks, to peak at Day 14, it is to be expected that swallowing will get more difficult before it gets better. Patience...things will improve soon.
What type of diet does your surgeon recommend after the swelling subsides? I'm sure you've read more than once, that I was allowed to eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid pretty much right away. I guess my surgeon has had good experience with patient compliance. He said he only had a couple people who forgot themselves and ran into trouble after eating something they shouldn't.
It is really common sense, that if you chew something to a liquid, it will be the equivalent of something that was blended to a liquid. It just requires that you take small bites (very small), and chew, chew, chew. My surgeon preferred that method to soft foods, as he said that a bolus of mashed potatoes could get stuck at the wrapped site. Just because something is soft, doesn't ensure that it won't cause trouble.
When you're set free to eat more "regular foods", be sure to continue to control your portions, as you won't want the discomfort of being over-full.
Again, thanks for starting a new thread so people can see your progress!
Take care, and Happy Healing!