Well folks I'm back!
So after nearly 5 years of AF, AFlutter, Bradycardia and Tachycardia as well as a Pacemaker insertion, 2 RF Ablations and 1 Cardioversion, as well as a stroke and a TIA including 4 stents.
I am pleased to say it is ten days since the AV node ablation. I can say that is the best thing that's happened on this journey. 😀
A forty five minute procedure in the afternoon and out the door at 11am next morning.
Positives at this stage are:
I can breathe properly.
Heart rate controlled by the pacemaker which atm is set on 80bpm. In 3 weeks will be reset to 60bpm.
I feel I have more energy.
Yesterday I walked up 21 steps and did not feel breathless. First time in almost 5 years.
Am now off anti-arythmic meds! 😀
I feel like doing things that I didn't feel like doing before.
Not so positive:
Not much really.
Sure, I'm pacemaker dependent but wow! Who cares......I'm feeling great.
In the cath lab they didn't give me quite enough anaesthetic so I felt the burn when they cauterised the node......so they gave me more Fentanyl and suddenly the pain went away! 😀
The only meds I'm on are a blood thinner, aspirin, and two cholesterol tabs.
EP says I can go back to the gym next week taking it easy. 🏋♀🚵
If this story helps anyone else to hang in there then that will be good!