So it’s been a while since I posted, I apologise for that, it just gets very busy around Christmas So a couple of things I’ve been wanting to mention. The biggest is the dysphagia (Difficulty Swallowing) has gotten worse. It isn’t like how it was the first few days this is actually painful and causes my body to go into a panic response. With that said the pain is nothing like the pain and inconvenience of heartburn and feeling sick 24/7. It’s strange being able to lie down and get a full nights sleep. Waking up with no neck pain, no asthma, no bitter taste and no cough. I always thought that I would be dealing with this condition for the rest of my life. Now I’m comfortable and actually have to eat as much as possible rather than avoiding food until I absolutely have to eat yet still regretting it. 

The main thing I would say I have noticed crunchy foods are the worst, dried bacon in particular. They go down and I’m pretty sure it catches on the top of the magnets, but same as the other food keep drinking and it goes. Christmas dinner was difficult, but here’s a good tip, soft stuffing and fluffy yorkshire puddings are the best! Keep a few small potions in the oven to eat as and when you can. 
When I noticed the painful swallowing I was eating chips which I thought would be easier than a burger or chicken nuggets but the burger and nuggets were much easier to get down. Drinking doesn’t help, my advice is to just stay calm and keep swallowing and just let your device do its thing. If you really need to I would recommend very small sips of water rather than big gulps. When you’re in pain I of all people understand your body going into a panic response and not being able to control yourself but the best thing to do in that situation is to stay calm and just keep swallowing. Sometimes changing your position every 5 seconds can find a position to just help the magnets.
My incisions are also looking really good! 1 of them is closed and the glue has come off. I will admit it is rather uncomfortable to have a flappy scab but I find that a tight shirt keeps it in place well. I would also avoid allowing sweat to get near them. The best way to do that is to not get too hot.
I’m feeling really good and I’m more than happy with the results so far. As I said before a little dysphagia is a small price to pay to get rid of my GERD. This was the best Christmas present I’ve ever gotten.
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