for years now i've had a problem with my throat. there are certain things that i would eat that would get stuck in my throat and not go all the way down. it was terrible, it would feel like i was choking and my body would go into shock- sweating, dizziness, and adrenaline. i was always just fine though, the blockage was below my windpipe, so i could breath just fine. it was never an issue of being life threatening or anything, just really scary. i would always have to excuse myself and go to the restroom and just wait it out until it went all the way down or i threw it back up. over the years it got progressively worse. it started out with just choking on dense meat like steak or pork chops. since i don't really like either of those it wasn't a big deal. but after a while i would choke on the simplest things like bread or fries. apparently this is a hereditary thing because my mom and brother have the same problem. my mom went in and had a throat surgery to correct it and hasn't had the problem since. well, i figured it might be time for me to finally do the same! we made an appointment and i went in to take care of it. it was a very simple procedure, they just went in and expanded my throat with a balloon! it took about 20 minutes and then i was all good to go home. diana took me and got it taken care of. it was kind of strange, i had never been put under before. i remember being in the room with the doctor and he swabbed my tongue, said 'this might taste a little gross', and then i woke up in a different room with everything done! not bad! i should ask them to do the same thing at the dentist! now that its done i haven't choked on anything i eat anymore. no more scaring the wife with thoughts of needing the heimlich maneuver!