I have just written a huge long report and deleted it by accident!!
I can't speak highly enough about Dr. O Callaghan team. Professional, friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
The Cardiologist who did the T.O.E. put my mind at rest , sprayed my throat with local gave me some sedative and it was over in 10 mins. Certainly nothing to be concerned about and if I had to have it again I wouldn't worry.
The Cath lab was very high tech as others have said with lots of people all getting on with their jobs but they all had a little chat and put me at ease. Would you believe that one of them had lived in the same village as me in lancashire. Small world.
I was told what would happen and to ask for pain relief and sedation whenever I needed it. As I am a coward where pain is concerned I made sure I asked sooner rather than later
I was given a local for the catheters to be put in so I had no pain but could feel pressure which was an odd feeling but totally bearable.
The procedure took 5 hours but I drifted in and out of consciousness and it felt like much less time. At one point I heard them say they were starting the burning so I told them I didn't want to feel anything and I didn't so I must have had a large dose of something!
Whoever it was that advised taking Vaseline in and leaving it on the trolley by the bed for afterward , thank you for that advice. My mouth was really really dry so it was great to put the Vaseline on. Also the sports bottle of water was such a good idea.
All is quiet on the heart front at the moment but I am prepared for some blips.I am very very tired so don't thing I will have a problem resting even though I thought I would struggle doing very little.
All in all nothing to worry about but do be prepared for being very tired afterwards.
Any questions just ask.
Thanks so much for all your good wishes.