Well, having been incident free for 7 months (almost 8 if the brief rapid, but not erratic episode doesn't count!) I've met with the AF nurse, agreed that ablation is probably not the right option now (I was getting episodes at least weekly at one stage) and she has let me reduce my Flecainide medication from 150 to 100mg daily. This feels like a major step in the right direction. I've been on the lower dose since the end of August, and no ill-effects as yet.... fingers crossed!
I know I'm one of the lucky ones - I can eat and drink pretty much whatever I want (just need to watch ice cubes!), I'm gradually building my exercise levels back up and life has basically returned to normal. It's taken a lot of determination together with regular Amatsu sessions to keep my posture right and make sure the rest of my body is fit and well, which also relieves any pressure on the vagal nerve. However, I've now got to the point where, apart from having a look at the forum, I don't tend to think about AF for the rest of the day and I'm feeling the best that I have in years.
I wanted to share this with you as a positive story. Everyone will have things that work for them and we're definitely not the same, but determination can definitely help!
(P.S. I'm still going to the AF Day on Sunday, though - looking forward to the exercise discussion particularly!)