I had my second ablation on 27 June at Royal Brompton Hospital, London. It went well (apparently). However, what happened to me after 10 days' recuperation and doing nothing much and being wonderfully looked after by my sister and her husband, organic home-cooked meals etc and rest?
Thinking I was ok after 10 days, I went with friends to Hyde Park, as I was a Guest, and so had backstage pass and was in a special bar, out of the sun and not crowded! I thought I would be up to that. I had a lot of water to drink, but did have one gin and tonic, followed by more water. It was a hot and humid day, rather airless. Anyway, it was too hot to go out and watch the earlier bands (even the young ones didn't last for more than 2 songs in the heat). So, I was feeling a bit wobbly and not able to socialise like my usual self, but by 9pm, when the main band came on (that I was the guest of), I felt I must go and started to walk but I couldn't make it from back stage to the outside area. A First Aider was found, they called an ambulance and I was whisked off to the Resuscitation Unit at St Thomas's! My heart rate was 141 bpm at Hyde Park, going up to 175 bpm in the ambulance. The hospital kept me in overnight for observation. At least it was cool there, with air conditioning working and a brand new state of the art department. I was discharged the next day but was wobbly and fragile.
I know there is a 3 month blanking period. However, I was not expecting such an episode again - worst episode for a long time. I have had to cancel another event this Sunday! I feel that I STILL do not have my Quality of Life back and will I ever?????? I am feeling 'iffy' every day, heart kind of wobbly and I feel my friends and family think I am exaggerating as some of my friends know people that have had ablations and are hunky dory!!!!
I am so fed up really. At least I can sit quietly at home and watch Wimbledon, and endeavour to not to get concerned about the outcome!