The Ablation went well and I was home the next day, the first night at home was awful and I seriously didn't think I was going to make it through the night! As the night drew in my discomfort in my chest became unbearable, the only position I was anywhere near comfortable was sitting up, If I moved my upper body it felt as if I had a pain inducing pendulum inside me and any movement from the upright position escalated the pain and discomfort. I was taking paracetamol to ease the pain. I didn't sleep alight until about 5AM and then only two hours. I woke which I thought was a positive sign and considering mental state the night before, to my amazement 90% of the pain and discomfort had gone.
I was aware that during the recovery period I would likely experience more AF episodes so I was prepared, I was no longer on any medication and went two days before I had an episode, previous to my ablation I have at least one episode and sometimes three per day for thirty continuos days. This episode manifested itself with the old ticker out of the Sinus rhythm and and HB around 80 (my normal rest in HB was always 55), this lasted for less than an hour. Three days later I had a further episode similar to the former, another two days later, again similar. Then four days later 10:45 to 19:00 HB was 140 and out of sinus, during which time I popped 80mg of sotalol with no apparent effect, I was advised that if it was still running at that rate the following morning I was to go to A & E, fortunately as I said it was bak to normal at 19:00, my 'normal' since the ablation is no longer 55 its more around 70!.
I didn't have another episodes for another four and a half days, out of sinus with HB at 80 for less than an hour. These minor episodes continued and started to become more frequent, one day having seven. Last week I had them every day, on Thursday last I had two minor ones in the morning and in the afternoon I had one that ran at 140 took 80mg of sotalol after an hour within ten mins it was back to normal for twenty mins then back to 140 for another two hours.
Minor episodes every day since and yesterday I had another 140 episode which lasted from 15:00 to 22:00, took 80mg of stall two hours in with no affect, went to bed just after 9PM and within an hour it was back to normal.
I'm trying to stay positive but realise the ablation doesn't always work first time around, but i'm still hopeful!
Feel pretty useless during and following a major episode as it is so draining, so I have taken today off to recover and thought I'd share my experience with all you as I know you understand!