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After a lot of wobbling I’m down for my ablation tomorrow so hoping all will go well. A bit panicky now. I haven’t been able to post or reply for a month or so as no WiFi due to moving house and dodgy phone. Thanks for all your help in the past on this forum.

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Take it easy and don't forget to read the two fact sheets.

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bassets in reply to BobD

Thanks Bob. Where would we be without you on here? 👍

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Sending lots of luck 💚 I hope all goes well tomorrow, Bob you are such a great support to all the members on here - but please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any advice info@afa.org.uk

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bassets in reply to TracyAdmin

Thank you Tracy that’s very kind of you. I’ll get in touch if I need to 😊

Hope it works for you & wishing you a speedy recovery.

The waiting before bit is the worst so take something to amuse yourself with.

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bassets in reply to CDreamer

Thanks Cdreamer. Taking a pad and kindle to keep my mind occupied 👍

Hope all goes well basset! Good luck 👍 are you down for sedation or GA?

Thanks Elli. I’m down for sedation tomorrow. Hope it’s ok😳

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Elli86 in reply to bassets

I had my first ablation on Monday bassets and best advice I can give is don’t torture yourself while waiting like I did. It’s not as bad as you imagine and thinking about it too deeply makes it a lot worse than it should be. Make sure they give you plenty of sedation, especially if your nervous as some people have commented that they didn’t really feel a thing, where as I did so I can only think this would be down to level of sedation given. Even though I felt it though it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be. I made it alot worse than I had too.

Good luck all the best 👍

Best wishes for tomorrow. Will look forward to hearing how it all went.

Jean

Thanks Jean. Having recurring dithers by now. Will report ASAP after the event. 😊

Wishing you all the best for tomorrow! It's quite normal to feel a bit panicky but I'm sure you will feel so relieved when it is all over and wonder why you worried so much. I'm just 3 weeks post my 4th ablation and although it was a marathon one (5+ hours) it was the best experience of all my procedures ( It was sedation. ) Plus I'm feeling pretty good!You will be fine !

Regards

Jx

Thanks Julia. Nice to know your last experience was so good. I think the waiting is the worst bit. It would be better if the team simply kidnapped me quickly! Then my imagination wouldn’t have time to start me dithering! :)On

All the best bassets, hoping all goes well and that we get some positive feedback when you feel up to it……..no matter how well you might feel after it’s done, please don’t be tempted to do any more than is absolutely necessary 😉

All the best basset. It's not as bad as you think - don't overthink it! it'll be over before you know it👍

Wishing you well for tomorrow. It will soon be here and then all done and dusted. It’s normal to be nervous so try and occupy yourself as much as you can. There’s always someone here or Tracy and the team to chat to if needs be. xxx

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bassets in reply to Frances123

Thanks. I’ll bear this in mind 👍

I had mine under GA nearly 2 weeks ago and can honestly say, if I had known how easy it was I wouldn’t have been so scared. The skill and care is superb. Most of the bits I found hardest are GA effects so might be even easier with sedation. Apart from one short sharp (10 minutes) attack of AF my heart has been very cool and calm since.

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bassets in reply to Linkj

Thanks Linkj. I’m sitting waiting to go to theatre now so this is very helpful.

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Linkj in reply to bassets

Good luck

Hope all goes well!

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bassets in reply to Samazeuilh

Thanks. I’ll report back when possible.

Thinking of you, it really is a well researched and known procedure, rest afterwards. Good luck, let us know how you get on, we are really interested!

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bassets in reply to FaberM

Thanks FaberM. Wilco!

The procedure itself is far easier than you'd imagine. Stay calm. Take relaxing music to listen to - I even took mine in with me to theatre and they set my phone up out of the way and in airplane mode obvs. You've got the recovery sheets so keep them to hand. For many of us it's a slow and gradual process of recovery. The NHS suggestion of 3 weeks is ridiculous in my opinion. If you get an Arrythmia Nurse, make friends with them. Mine is a lifeline.

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bassets in reply to Singwell

Good advice Singwell. I’ll do that 😊

First few weeks are the hardest, just when you think your feeling ok you may get a blip, you may also have a migraine aura which apparently is quite common a day or two after the ablation. I had one and wasn’t expecting it but it is nothing to worry about. I had sedation, and recovery time is much quicker. All in all the procedure is fine, as usual it is just the build up to it that’s the worst. Look forward to it rather than fear it is the key I think. Good luck hope your life will be much more comfortable after your ablation. 😊

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bassets in reply to stoneyrosed

Thank you stoneyrosed. I’ve always had migraines so nothing new there perhaps. Crossing my fingers here 🤞

You’ll be ok bassets, take it easy and wishing you all the best.👍

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bassets in reply to Jetcat

Thanks Jetcat. I’ll try.

Good luck. And take it easy. 🌻

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bassets in reply to Adalaide2020

Thanks Adalaide2010. 😊

The very best of luck

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bassets in reply to Hammerboy

Thanks Hammerboy 😊

Hope it all goes well for you and your recovery is as smooth as mine has been. Six weeks in from my ablation under GA and it’s been a life changer and one of the best decisions I have ever made. Take it easy and enjoy your progress back to normality. In a few weeks I wager you will be writing reassuring notes to other prospective ablationistas about how easy it all is and for them not to worry. Very best wishes.

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Jetcat in reply to JefferyW

Well said Jeffery W.👍👍

Hope all went well! 👍

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bassets in reply to Hylda2

Still waiting in my lovely hospital gown! Thank you 😊

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Hylda2 in reply to bassets

Oh no! I’m the one who chickened out of an ablation so I think you are incredibly brave xx

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bassets in reply to Hylda2

I nearly did. If there’d been a window in the loo you wouldn’t have seen me for dust!

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bassets in reply to Hylda2

All over now and in sinus. Feel as though I’ve been steamrollered!

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Hylda2 in reply to bassets

Do you look it?

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bassets in reply to Hylda2

I do. Back in hospital now

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Hylda2 in reply to bassets

Why?

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bassets in reply to Hylda2

Went into at second day on and was advised by the staff nurse to go to a&e so here I am. They thought I’d had a heart attack but not so sure now. We’ll see

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Hylda2 in reply to bassets

Oh no! Let’s hope you’re sorted soon

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bassets in reply to Hylda2

I’ll let you know x

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Hylda2 in reply to bassets

Please do.

All the best! I will be so nervous too when my turn comes! 🤞

Thank you for your kind thought. 😊

Thank you. 😊

All the best with the ablation

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bassets in reply to Doddsey-UK

Thank you. I’ve just got home so can relax now👍

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bassets in reply to Doddsey-UK

Thank you 😊

I was so nervous about having the ablation and I wish I had not been. It was so much easier than I anticipated. The only hard part was worrying about it before hand and lying still for a while afterwards. (I'm not great at being still). Other than that, it is amazing what they can do and the relief from AF and fast HR is so worth it. Please keep us posted and good luck. You will do great!

Thanks. It’s all over now and I see what you up mean about keeping still but all’s we’ll that ends well now😊

Best wishes for a successful procedure and speedy recovery!

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bassets in reply to Snowgirl65

Thanks Snowgirl 😊

Piece of cake,time you get this it will all be over, good luck for he future.

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bassets in reply to Jimmy37

Thanks Jimmy 👍

Good luck and a speedy recovery.

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bassets in reply to Abluerose

Thank you 😊

So glad it is over and you are home safe

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bassets in reply to Hylda2

😘

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