I just wanted to share my latest experience with people that understand. Sometimes I feel alone in the Afib world.
So please excuse the rambling, I apologise in advance ... but it makes me feel better.
After a busy long day out with the family I started to feel a bit tired and unwell. I didn't think of AF at the time, although I normally would have.
After getting back late I couldn't remember if I'd taken my Bisoprolol in the morning so decided as it was late to take one then.
I went to bed then woke up suddenly a short while later and felt my pulse and realised I was in AF again. Generally I only get very short bursts that I can either control by bearing down or is preceded by ectopics that the Flecanide pip can stop, but in this case it was fast AF that I couldn't stop. I took my Flecanide pip and thought I'd just wait a while. I took a trace with my alivecor which confirmed suspected Afib.
After a short while I couldn't handle the fast beats and shortness of breath and asked my wife to take me to A&E.
Thankfully they took me straight in and I was seen right away even though there were 8 ambulances outside queueing and at least another 8 or so patients on beds in the corridors (what is our NHS coming to?!).
The first doctor I saw gave me no confidence at all. I was given another Bisoprolol which at least slowed the rate a bit. Eventually another doctor came along that seemed to know what I was talking about and understood things. She said if I was still in AFib later she would give me an electrical conversion. (I've had this successfully before and also been converted with Flecanide IV).
Eventually after about 7 hours or so just as the doctor came around to try the conversion my heart went back into normal rhythm. I felt like jumping for joy.
Whilst I was in A&E I experienced a couple of emergency life saving actions of the staff on other patients. I also overheard them say "oh he (me) only has AF".
This sort of made think of three things.
1. AF was not so important to them in the scheme of things in A&E, although it was to me.
2. The staff can be fantastic when it comes to life saving emergency care.
3. Most importantly though. It made me realise first hand just how stretched the staff and NHS facilities really are.
Again sorry for the rambling, it's nice to talk to those that understand though. Thanks for reading.