Thanks to all the positive posts on this forum I felt brave enough to undergo a cryo ablation at St Thomas's in London on Friday. I opted for this at a relatively early point because although my AF episodes were not very frequent they were very symptomatic resulting in me being carted off to hospital twice.
After a one night stay due to having a general anaesthetic, and hearing Big Ben almost next door going 'bong' every hour, I'm back at home recovering and trying hard to follow BobD's advice to do nothing for the first week and not much more for the second. The ablation itself seems to have gone well, although only time will tell I guess, but I don't react very well to general anaesthetics so I'll do whatever is necessary to try to avoid having to go through it again.
I'm now, hopefully, looking forward to coming off or at least cutting down on the medications that have had such an effect on my life, although I accept I will have to keep taking the Rivaroxaban.
So thanks to everyone on this forum, especially Bob whose comments have encouraged me to go ahead, and for anyone who is worried about having an ablation I would say that my actual experience was far less traumatic than my worries.
Best wishes to all and good luck to anyone currently waiting for or considering an ablation.