I can't believe it - I was due for ablation treatment for AF and Flutter on 23rd November last year after waiting for 8 months. At the 11th hour I was cancelled (I had my bags packed and was about to leave home for train journey) . Needless to say I was so upset. A new date for Ablation was given to me I had to phone up a week later. Date being 12th January.
On Monday I became aware that the doctors strike was 12th January and is very likely to go ahead. I phoned St Thomas hospital spoke to Case Manager. She was very apologetic but said they haven't cancelled any yet, but if strike goes ahead will definitely cancel. However will not know until 11th hour again. I said that last time the strike DID NOT go ahead at 11th hour and I was still cancelled!!!! she said she just didn't know yet, perhaps I could phone back on Friday.
My AF and Flutter has got much worse since November. I had to go to A&E over Christmas period for Flutter after 9hours heart rate 150bpm. Was there for 6 hours, after 3 hours, they eventually gave me medical cardioversion which worked immediately and let me go home after another 3 hours. I have had to be off work sick since 17th December and have not returned due to daily AF and Flutter episodes and severe anxiety, some days 3 episodes a day lasting 2 - 3 hours. Suffering from anxiety so I'm in a vicious circle unable to relax or sleep well.
I don't know what to do now - even if they reschedule me, how can it be soon as consultants will have full lists and I could easily get caught up in the next round of strikes - 26th January and 11th February. I'm also worried about my job, only started it beginning of October so being still in 6 month probationary period having to have so much time off. They were ok with me taking 2 weeks off for the operation, but I've now had 10 days off without operation.
Sorry to rant on but just had to get this off my chest. I feel that I should be contacting someone else that something else can be done, some other action taken - but perhaps there isn't. What do you think?!