It's now three months since I had my ablation and I'm pleased to report that I'm feeling better than I've felt for years. It wasn't all plain sailing afterwards and below is a brief list of my journey to health.
26th June - had 2nd ablation with sedation only, this time to right atria, which took 6hrs.
27th June - Came home and spent the next three days feeling drained and having an afternoon nap.
1st July - Feeling good, but on going to bed decided to take off my electric blanket. Had awful pain in my chest and was worried that I was having a heart attack. Lasted about 15 mins (Have spoken to someone else who had the same thing after her ablation).
2nd July - Rang doc to talk about the pain I'd had in my heart and he said 'Just put it down to an experience' (with hindsight he was right). For the next five days I continued feeling drained, especially in the afternoons,
4th July - Awoke with soreness in my chest and decided it was caused by my warfarin being taken at night and affecting my stomach, so started taking it in the middle of my evening meal. That cured that.
8th July - Feeling better. Started going for countryside walks again (about 2 miles)
6th August - Heart started racing early this morning pulse went up to 120, which was loads lower than before ablation. Went to docs surgery for ECG and he said the beat was coming from an unusual source and sent a copy to my EP (never had any response from him). Heart raced for over 2 days and I felt drained for the next week. Started to doubt that my ablation had been successful and felt quite down
Thereafter I got better each day and for the last 6 weeks I've had no heart problems at all. I feel full of life and energy and am not on any medication. The last week or so, after a morning walk, I've even had energy in the afternoons which has been unheard of for years.
My EP is Guy Haywood at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth and I thank him and his fantastic team for giving me my life back. My GP has also been wonderfully supportive I would ring my surgery if I had a query and he would call me back within and hour or two. Yes, I feel that I'm a really lucky person. I hope I'm not tempting fate by writing this and wish you all well and thank you for your support.