Have you ever swallowed wrong, like just as you're taking a breath, and you suddenly start choking and your esophogus seizes up, clamps shut, so you can't breath at all and you really think you're going to die?
Man, I do that every so often (like just now—I have tears gushing down my face!) and I really prepare to call for serious help (thinking, OMG. I can’t TALK! And I’m on a cell phone! How will they find me??) I just fight to stay calm until it passes, which can take what seems like forever, but is, in reality, maybe 45 seconds. I just can’t get air into my lungs.
Does this ever happen to you? It’s very scary.