I had a follow up appointment with the cardiology department at my local hospital this morning, the first I've ever had in spite of being in and out of A&E and the cardiac ward over the last few years. Had 3rd ablation in Oxford at the end of June and after 3 months of being AF free since my last short-lived episode in August, I was convinced the cardiologist would sign me off and that would be that. I also have an EP follow up in Oxford at the beginning of December and had hoped for the same result, thinking all was well.
You can imagine my disappointment when at roughly 3am last night the AF started up. I thought at first it was a short burst of ectopic beats but no, this was the full monty, confirmed with the Alivecor on two readings. I took the p-i-p dose of Bisoprolol and Flecainide and it did only take 2 1/2 hours before I went back into NSR and I managed to get a bit of sleep but that stuff wipes me out big time, so I spent most of the morning feeling really dizzy and faint, had to get a friend to drive me to my hospital appointment and back when it's near enough to walk to.
My point in posting this is to say you can never be sure of this condition. I had started to relax and believe that the last ablation had worked and I could live AF free for a few years, which has turned out to be a false sense of security. It's put me back into the frame of mind that I can't plan too much too far in advance in case I have to cancel at the last minute, which impacts on my husband and family just as much as for me.
Hey ho ... I'm sure there are plenty of folk out there who have it much worse than me so please do forgive me if I sound as if I'm feeling sorry for myself, I'm just a bit shell-shocked at present and in need of a bit of support, advice and positive thinking.