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Had my ablation!!!

I am home safe and sound and so pleased I was brave enough to go through with it! I even prayed the night before that we would get snowed in.

The whole procedure was calm and I was really well sedated, the only thing I felt was the brain freeze which lasted for seconds. My chest and throat are a bit sore and I feel a little breathless but it's the tiredness I feel. They kept me in overnight to run more tests to be on the safe side. Dr Lang advised me that he is confident that it has worked 75-80% and has advised me to stay on my medication for another month for the heart to heal. I got all four pulmenory chambers done.

Hopefully it's onwards and up now I am going to rest and rest for the first week then do gentle waking the 2nd week I don't want to undo all there hard work.

Many thanks for all the support.

Take care

Laura x

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Well done especially the resting. Try to make sure that you are well hydrated as well.

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Hi Bobd yes I am going to rest and I always drink loads and loads of water. I am just glad I have went ahead and got it done. I am sore round my chest and my throat and a little breathless but that will get better in time.

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So pleased to hear that all went well for you. Make sure you get a lot of rest now for a few weeks.

Now, was it really as bad as you thought it was going to be? I know afterwards I've always thought how easy the whole process was.

Best wishes.

Jean

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Hi Jeanjeannie50 you are absolutely right it's the build up to it all. The staff where amazing and so calming. I am going to rest and rest when I came home my husband told me to sit still on couch and got me a duvet and I fell asleep!!! He even got me a bar of chocolate. X

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Well done Laura, as i allways say it's not as painfull has having a tooth out,

good luck

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Hi higgy52 thank you the build up was worse than the procedure lol.

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I'm trying to find the courage to have an ablation and your post has somewhat calmed me. All the best to you and positive thoughts your way for good healing xx

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Hi Aqua_1 go for it! the thought and the build up towards it was certainly more scary than the actual procedure itself. I am so glad I joined this forum as I think I would of chickened out of doing it, if it had not been for the information and support of the people on this forum. The staff at the hospital where just fantastic and kept me calm. Thank you for your well wishes. X

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I'm soooo pleased for you Laura and selfishly it's good for me to hear your good news as it gives confidence for tomorrow! Will keep in touch x Sara x

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Hi - it was absolutely fine. I wish you the very best of luck tomorrow. My chest is a bit tender and I can't take a right full breath but that will fade in time. Still feel groggy today but no wonder with all the medication. You will be grand. Let me know how you get on. X

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Take care and rest as they all say...! Xxx

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Thanks I will, I am determined that I am not going to undo all the work.

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Hi Wilsond, Thank you for your well wishes and yes I will rest. X

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Glad it’s all over for you Laura. Enjoy your rest x

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Hi Kaz747 - thank you for your well wishes. I can't believe I was brave enough to go through it! As I am such a cry baby but so pleased I have. I will rest and rest as I so don't want to undo all the work. X

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Well done now take all the advice about rest and good luck with recovery.

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Hi Gincalpe, Thank you for your well wishes. I am going to follow the advice of the fact sheets on recovery in fact I printed them off and gave a copy to my husband! Those fact sheets are like my bible at the moment and I am following them to the rule. So I will be parked up on the couch doing my knitting and snoozing lol. Laura xx

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Well done, keep us posted on your progress. I am particularly interested as I am have Dr Lang doing my ablation on 5 March at the ERI. Could you tell me what brain freeze is please so that I know what to expect.

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HI Shcldavies- Dr Lang is lovely he really puts you at ease all the nurses and doctors on that ward are just lovely. You will be really in safe hands he explains the whole procedure to you and answers any questions you may have. I had cyroablation which means they freeze the areas of the heart where the rogue signals are coming from, the brain freeze is like when you eat an ice cream too quick it lasts for seconds so no need to worry it's not painful as such as you are heavily sedated. You really will be in safe hands.

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Thank you, its good to hear of your experience with the ablation, please keep us informed of your progress post ablation.

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Good to hear that it was straightforward Laura! Rest easy x

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Yes it was straight forward thanks but I now have pneumonia and on antibiotics grr I hope it doesn't interfere with my ablation. Take it easy Laura

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Great you’re home, I was done Tuesday and am home.....I’ve had a headache fir a day now, and am resting as told!

Hope we are both successful

Sue

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Let's hope for a speedy recovery. All the very best to you. Laura

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