Re: fear of choking
I suffered from this EXACT same thing when I was a child for about a month - and then eventually I was okay again. I remember I would chew up my dinner (pork chops, etc) and then spit it into my napkin. I basically lived on mashed potatoes, milk shakes, applesauce, etc.
Somehow I just got over it; I still suffer from a fear of choking on pills & they almost always get stuck in my throat, so I can relate to what you are dealing with (on a different level).
I would go talk to your doctor, esp. since you are anemic. Maybe he can provide some type of supplement for you, and perhaps even ease your mind about choking.
Hope you feel better asap!