Good morning all!
Sorry I have not posted in a while – I m still here bleating as ever!
So the Flecainide isn’t working – it seemed to for 7 weeks then I had a really bad attack of the evil AF. Just woke up in it of the 1st March at 147bpm – sob. It lasted apx 8 hours then my Alivcor said ‘unclassified’ at 125bpm I thought great its buggering off – How wrong I was. I started to feel really dizzy and was getting hot rushes to my head and the drama queen in me was performing something terrible. As much as I despise the thought of A&E I had to ring an ambulance. There I was monitored and flutter was mentioned and not much more could be done as I wasn’t on any anti-coagulants so they wanted to put me on the cardiology ward to monitor me further but there wasn’t a bed – I waited nearly two days for a bed and I was more distressed been in A&E than at home so I asked if I could leave and they agreed as I was feeling okay now just anxious with the fast HB and tired and the joys of A&E were traumatising me more that anything AF could ever do to me!!
So I went to see my lovely Gp who diagnosed flutter and put me on Diltiazam along with 10mg Nebivolol and after a further 5 days it went, back to 40bmp from 130bpm for 8 days – just like that – I cried my eyes out I was that happy. I have had another attack and took 240 Dilziazam and it went within 8 hours – so everything that can be crossed is crossed the Diltiazam will work again.
So I went to Leeds to see my EP, and I am on the list for an ablation, will be apx 4 months but I am going to skip there when the time arrives. I am terrified at the thought but plan to learn much more about this ticker of mine and how it works and hopefully it may help me.
Even though I am still scared of fast AF and was in it for 8 days I have survived just fine and have learnt so much on how to cope with it. My Ep and Gp agree there is no need to go to A&E unless I feel really ill with it as I am now on anti-coagulants. I even went on holiday on a boat to Norfolk whilst in fast AF and nothing terrible happened (when I was first diagnosed I was too scared to even put my chickens to bed!!). So what I have learnt from my latest escapade is to stop looking on Google and try my hardest not to take constant Alivecor readings and just go on how I feel with regards to going to A&E. I am extremely lucky to have marvellous support of my Gps and PeterW and Bob on here and it is very slowly sinking in that Af won’t knock me off my perch!!