I’m home in bed after a very long day. I had my ablation today and I’m so pleased it’s over and I’m home.
I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to every single person that has replied to my questions and supported me through the last few weeks. ❤️❤️❤️
I went in at 7.00am and sat in a waiting room with a bunch of very quiet scared looking people for an hour. That was one of the hard bits. Went up to the ward, got sorted out with cannula etc and then I was taken to the cath lab. I was a bit overwhelmed and started to cry, the nurses reassured me and got me laid down and comfortable. They gave me a little but if sedation and I felt a little bit more relaxed.
The EP put the local in my groin and then put the first two catheters in no problem, when he tried to put the third in the pain was very bad, he just couldn’t get it in. He tried and tried and It was really hurting so after a lot of struggling he decided to try a bit more local anaesthetic, that helped and it went in.
As soon as the wires reached my heart it went straight into SVT swiftly followed by AFib. I didn’t like it, I’ve never been able to tolerate my arrhythmias and today was no different. He did the mapping fairly easily because my heart was so sensitive. He found the problem and tried to ablate but each time he did I would go into SVT and AFib and then back to SVT. In my discharge letter he says that during the ablation I was almost incessantly in SVT. I had 6 burns in total and only felt two, one of which was very painful but he explained to me after that he carried on with the burn when I was in SVT and that’s why it hurt so much.
The whole thing took 4 hours and at the end he proclaimed I was cured! Or at least he was 90% certain he had got it. He did say though that I have a very low threshold for AFib so there could be other triggers in the future, eg weight increase, blood pressure increase etc but for now the SVT trigger is gone.
As for sedation it looks like I’m in the “It didn’t touch the sides camp”. After the initial injection I asked repeatedly for more as I was really not very comfortable, I was given more and more and nothing happened. I remember every moment and when I spoke to him afterwards he said I had enough to put a horse out.
So after all that I can honestly say it wasn’t the nicest thing I’ve ever been through, childbirth is definitely worse and I’ve had some dental experiences that have been a little worse but I would definitely do it again if I had to. Without a doubt.
The EP asked me what my favourite part of the procedure was, I said the end, he said me too 😂😂
He also said if there ever is a next time I will have a GA because I can’t tolerate my arrhythmias at all, don’t think I was the bravest patient he had ever treated 🥴
But I feel brave, I’ve done it at last after 30 years of feeling scared. My heart has had a few little wobbles but nothing much and I do feel strangely good, at some points I’ve felt great this afternoon, which feels a bit strange. I’m going to spend the next week watching old musicals with my mum and doing absolutely nothing.
So there you go, I now have my own ablation story to share with you all, and hope now understand that each story us completely different but sharing them with each other really helps ❤️😊
Take good care everyone and thank you again x