I am glad that you two are also on the road to recovery. Even though I don't have to deal with the cancer follow-up, this experience has truly changed me. I will never again dismiss the fears others have prior to such a procedure. You just never know what path you may be on. And to you, bluesnowflake, the very best. Just remember to baby yourself and take all the help you can get! Ask for cold drinks in the hospital and as someone advised me, tuck your chin down when you swallow at first as it really helps alleviate the discomfort. You'll be in my prayers!