Hello all, never a dull moment with AF, it seems.
In the last week or so, I’ve been having more episodes. Seems like my heart is more easily triggered, but then my trusty 100mg Flecainide followed by 30c Arnica 15 minutes later ends it within a couple of hours.
Having switched docs, I feel less stress overall.
Then yesterday...I taught my college class. They are lovely students, doing well, and yet I’m wondering if it’s become too much for me to teach large classes. I was exhausted by the end of it, knew I was in AF by the time I got home.
Took 100mg Flec+ Arnica at around 7pm, but my heart had suddenly flipped back to NSR just as I took it. I figured I’d be good with the Flec, but then was jolted awake at 2am by a hallucination and couldn’t sleep for hours. Woke in a strong AF episode, exhausted, had a good cry from the frustration of this recent chapter, had breakfast and flipped back to NSR.
What I’ve seen in recent months is that if I have too much Flec in my system, it’ll cause or intensify an episode and/or will gift me with a wild and wooly hallucination. I think last night’s experience is related to the episodes coming closer together.
I’m due to see my EP on Tuesday for a follow up. In Sept, he didn’t recommend a 3rd ablation. Funny how I’d emailed him before going to bed, suggesting I skip the appt cause I’ve been feeling better and am not eager to have another ablation. Changed my mind about the appt. Will chat about Flec, though he’s never been one to dig into the nuances of dosage. I’m curious to see if he’s still doesn’t recommend another ablation. I’m not convinced it would be worth it.
Not sure what to do about Flec. Maybe wait a bit longer before taking when an episode starts. It’s intriguing that my heart is more readily flipping back into NSR.
My new cardio encourages excercise and watching nutrition- she is the first doctor to even mention those words!! The others have only ever talked about pills & procedures. Her approach reminds me of Dr. Gupta in a way. We’ll see what unfolds. I was in touch before last night’s fun and she recommended I keep doing what I’ve been doing for a while to see how it goes.
So there we are. Exhausted but grateful for NSR and a bit baffled. Just felt like sharing here with you who understand the craziness of AF.
Will sign off with an absurd experience with AF & jury duty.
I get summoned for jury duty every year and have been excused on the basis of being self-employed, as not working would create financial hardship.
Last week I asked to be excused for that reason, along with the impact of AF on my finances this year, the possibility of maybe having an ablation, and needing to keep stress down.
Well, you can probably guess that they denied it. That was a head-scratcher.
So I called and happened to get a lovely young woman who shared a laugh with me over the absurdity of it all and then excused me. She then told me I can be excused permanently with a doctor’s note. Ha!
Funny how it worked out better to be denied the first time. Go figure.