Well, more excitement. Yesterday I was eating lunch when I became aware I was losing my left eye vision into a sort of rainbow pattern, cut glass effect blob. This gradually got bigger as did my panic. I checked with Dr Google and there were any manner of things it could be, some serious such as a stroke, which obviously is a risk 10 days post ablation. It didn't appear to be a stroke or a detached retina nor anything like any migraine I've ever had before, so I called 111. By this time the kaleidoscope pattern had shifted. They called back and told me to go to A&E within the hour, but by now it had resolved but they insisted I went. Gulp! Luckily I had a friend working nearby who took me to my local hospital.
Now, regulars may recall, I have a dim view of my local hospital's cardiology dept (culminating in my feedback to them regarding two long stays there with afib to being upgraded,by them, to an official complaint and me receiving a letter contained no less than 15 separate apologies!) Anyway, let the record show, that on this occasion the hospital was magnificent.
Within three hours I had been checked over by nurse and doctor, had ECG and blood tests, a ultrasound of my carotid artery and a thorough eye exam, and an eye scan, by the consultant opthalmist! I was then told it almost certainly wasn't a stroke and definitely not my eyes so I was discharged and asked to return today to rule out a T.I.A. I got checked over by the stroke specialist and given an MRI scan! Finally, they settled on a visual migraine which as we know, is common after ablation.
BUT the really exciting thing is that I have a genetic disorder which causes blood vessels malformations within the body. In this country they screen for pulmonary problems and test lungs, but do not routinely scan for liver malformations (which i have) nor brain ones, which can pop and kill you! But now I know that my brain is free of the blighters!! So what started out as a terrifying experience yesterday with the eyes ended up as a huge positive today re the brain. Well done local hospital!
On the subject of the migraine, there is one called a kaleidoscope so I guess I had that, it's not mentioned in any afib info that I could see, I wonder if anyone else has had it?