As it has now been six months since my ablation I thought I would post an update.
AF is as we all know is absolutely awful and when you are in the middle of suffering from it it just feels like a very dark corridor with no light at the end. So when a consultant offers us the ablation it becomes the beacon that we have all been looking for. When we have the ablation our heart will miraculously heal and we can start to live life again.
Recovery is a very long process and for me the ablation didn't go well and the following week I was back in hospital for a cardioversion which didn't go well and I ended up on amiodarone to put my heart back into NSR. For me those were very dark days as I had set such hope on being well following the ablation. But the amiodarone worked and after a few weeks I was back in NSR. I had to stay on it for about four months but since stopping the medication my heart has stayed in NSR.
However I do find that six months on I still have to be careful in what I do and I learnt a valuable lesson when I carried a 50 litre bag of compost in and out of my car and around my garden planting trees! I felt really ill for a few days afterwards.
But what I want to share with you is that six months on I am feeling better than I ever thought possible. I know my heart is still fragile and I no longer carry heavy things and when my body doesn't 'feel right' I make sure I rest. I also knew I was really recovering when I was running with my six year old granddaughter and she turned to me and said "You are healthy Nana". Now that really brought joy to my battered heart.
So what I am trying to say to you is that there really is light at the end of that long dark tunnel. It may take some time to reach it and I believe it is imperative to stay positive throughout the journey as difficult as it is. But it does get better, just hang on in there.
All will be well.