I've been reading posts and learning from many of you for months leading up to having an ablation. Due to this forum, I felt much more confident agreeing to the procedure as well as when I first started using Flecainide. (I'm 69 and live in So. Calif)
The procedure - appears everything went well - the EP said the 2nd vein had a lot of tissue and was more difficult to isolate but he felt confident nonetheless. I had a bit of tightness in my chest plus several lbs weight gain from the IV fluids. That's resolving now. I started walking a bit on Wednesday - EP said I could go for a 30 minute walk as I usually do, but I've only done 15-20 minutes this week so far. I'm trying to listen to my body and stop when anything feels too much. (For instance I spent a few hours early this morning with a friend in hospital, then errands for her, then home for a good nap!)
I think I've had some ectopic beats/ a blip of an arrythmia a few times but no af. I'm back on beta blocker, Flecainide 50x2 per day and anticoagulent. EP says he'll consider discontinuing meds in 3 months. I was shocked at this, I thought it would be sooner, and a main reason for having the ablation is to get off the Flecainide which makes me very fatigued. He's pretty reasonable and respects that I'm a nurse, so will discuss with him when I see him in 3 weeks. Maybe I could try continuing the beta blocker & use Flec for PIP if needed.
Best to all and thank you for all your posts; it's so heartwarming to feel the support here.