As lots of you may realise I was very anxious my INR wouldn't be in range but turned out it was fine at 2.8. I was first in the list so was dealt with very efficiently and ready for theatre 8.50am.Had last wee (am always anxious about that) and was prepped in cardio lab with lots of pads, wires etc. Quite cold until they turned on the heat warming pad - thank you.
Was in quite a long time over 5 hrs and couldn't see a thing. Thought I may have a nurse near my head end as they say let them know if you want anything - pain relief, scratch nose etc, but they were all at a distance foot end/mid body. Consultant seemed to pick up when I was feeling pain and flinching. I did drift in and out of awareness but when aware heard the running commentary. Seems consultant was relaying info to someone in a lab type room at the back of room discussing what he was doing and doing next. I know I heard him saying he had dealt with an area, eradicated waves but when moved on and they returned and had to go back a re do some areas? Don't know whether this is usual.
However, feel slightly cheated as I am sure what happened next is unusual (It had to be me)
They wanted to do a cardio version but I was too awake and they said they were unable to give me the amount of sedation I would require to cardiovert me!! I was gutted and asked if there was anything they could do to proceed. I also needed a wee and they think this was affecting my conscious level!!!
So I was taken off to recovery, ablation complete but still in AF - and had a wee!!
Stayed in overnight and came home yesterday afternoon. They only do cardio versions every Friday & fortunately there is one place left this Friday. So back I go on Friday.
Is there any reason why I wouldn't cardiovert now? Still anxious regarding INR again but we agreed my dose for next 3 days. I did have a dip of 1.8 but that was prior to TOE so Consultant says if any problems with any dr concerned about that, I must get them to ring him (this procedure usually registrars I gather).
I could write more on post procedure discomfort etc but am sue you have had enough of me by now.
Am I just unlucky or did this happen to anyone else?