It was just a few weeks ago that I wrote to you about my efforts to sort out next steps in dealing with my AF. I was feeling rather confused and overwhelmed at the time. Your supportive responses, kindness, and patience were so helpful!
If there's anything I've learned from the AF adventure, it's to keep an open mind and be ready for things to change...quickly and often.
I'd been trying to figure out if I wanted to have a 3rd ablation and was anxious about discussing it with my EP.
I'd thought that my acupuncturist was my most supportive practitioner and that I really needed and was benefiting from his help and herbal formulations.
I had appointments with each of them on the same day. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the acupuncturist basically turned on me after I asked him to please stop sharing his business / insurance complaints with me. He kicked me out of his practice.
Then the EP said I didn't need the 3rd ablation. The joke was on me!
So I decided to ditch all the herbal formulations and give 50 mg Flecainide 2X daily a try, on the advice of my EP. I felt great for a couple of days, but then had scary hallucinations. I've tried going back to Pill-in-Pocket, which is working fine.
The most interesting part has been how much better I feel overall. I feel like myself again. My head is clear again. I generally sleep better. I feel calmer. The brief episodes I have are mild and the 100 mg Flec PIP + my Arnica "chaser" nip them in the bud in a couple of hours at most. Less is more seems to be working well for me.
The acupuncturist left me hanging with the herbs, in that they can only be sold by licensed practitioners. There are a couple of formulas that are fabulous for boosting the immune system and nipping viruses in the bud. I've literally not had a cold in 2 years, they're that effective, so I was wondering how I'd be able to get them. But I was able to locate a kind and willing practitioner who will order them for me and ship them to my house at the wholesale rate. I discovered in that conversation that my former acupuncturist triples the wholesale rate and nearly doubles the standard retail rate. Then on the bill, he'd always write an even higher price and mark it down so you'd think you were getting a deal. Even more reason that I am glad to be moving on from his care! I had dropped a small fortune on herbs by the time he started complaining about not getting enough money off of me. Good grief.
Funny thing about AF, with its unpredictability, is that it can be easy to essentially blame it for various forms of physical or emotional discomfort. In my case, a couple of strong threads of discomfort were immediately lifted the moment I decided to quit seeing this guy. It really wasn't the AF itself, but these factors were clearly aggravating and triggering it. I think I'm getting better at figuring those things out and just moving on as quickly as possible.
Still taking things a day at a time and greatly appreciating every moment in NSR. Everything is so different now compared to when I first found you all here.
You have each helped me immensely and for that I am truly grateful.
The real Nella, my kitty, is snoozing here next to me as I write. One of these times I'll include her photo.😻