Good news is... they didn't find any tumors or growths in my throat. Bad news, the ER doctor was stumped as to WHY I'm having trouble swallowing. He said if I haven't gotten the ENT appointment in the mail by the end of the week, to return to the walk-in clinic to see that doctor again (the one who is referring me to the ENT). I've already been feeling weak from not being able to eat anything even HALF-WAY solid, but guess I'll be on a basically "liquid diet" a while longer... seems I don't really have a choice while I'm waiting. I can swallow water, juices, shakes, etc, fine. Not very "filling" though.
The "instruction sheet" they gave me at discharge this evening describes a condition called "dysphagia". The symptoms on the sheet pretty much sum up all the symptoms I'm having.
I just want to eat solid foods again! :-(