A few things have happened in the past few of days which have made me think around the subject of AF.....
First, several ships sinking and several aircrashes reported.
Then turning 70.
Then finding out that a dear friend has terminal cancer and is not expected to live until next Christmas.
The terrorist attacks.
The post on Any Questions asking why AF is not treated seriously enough for us.
Finally (warned you about ramble) the post from Duckpopper about fear and depression.
What I'm thinking is that AF is not taken seriously by many of the medical profession is that it isn't fatal immediately and does not even seem to cause severe disability in most cases, unlike diabetes say. Also as so many of us are 70 or older there is an attitude of 'reached your three score and ten' ( my mother always said that was your allotted span and life after that was a bonus!).
There is also an IBS attitude that we have been diagnosed with a non life threatening condition and we should go away and keep taking the pills and manage it ourselves.
Then there is the 'all in the mind' attitude both before and after diagnosis where your physical symptoms are first of all not taken seriously and then not considered to warrant your distress.
So how do we see it?
We are terrorised by the condition!
What if the doctors are wrong and I really have a heartstopping condition they missed? When is the next episode going to happen? When will this one stop? How do I balance out calling for help against being seen as a neurotic nuisance? What bad side effects will the drugs have? What are the longterm effects of the condition and the drugs? How can I get any consideration or sympathy when usually there is nothing to see? Shall I take a chance on a procedure that frightens me? How can I deal with the grief of knowing my quality of life has been changed forever?
Clearly all the statistics in the world are not going to make someone living in fear and distress change their feelings (nothing will get me on a ship!) but we are all so thankful for this community that helps us cope.