My esophagus is hurting more every day. But everything else is getting better. I can bite down today with minimal suffering. I even had part of a muffin for lunch today (my first solid food in five days). Swallowing is still a labor. I made another doctor's appointment to get that checked out. The nurse on the phone suggested it could be a side-effect of the penicillin, but I noticed the symptoms creeping up before I started taking it.
In the last seven days I've gone from 186 lbs to 178 lbs. When this is all over I'll write a weight loss book.