I got to the hospital at 7AM. They had to wait for an INR test and result before we could start. They went ahead and got the IV in and everything ready to go while waiting for the results. Now we are in the EP lab (at 50 deg below zero) waiting and we get a call that something was wrong with the sample so they had to draw another vile and send it down. They told me that it had to be between 2.0 and 2.5. The test came back at 3.0 so they said that we would have to reschedule but the the Dr stepped in and said he would do it. SO we did.
I was out in a few seconds and it took almost 6 hours to complete. I woke up in my room in Cardiac ICU and my wife and 2 younger sisters were there. My throat was and is really sore from the tube that they insert during an operation to keep the throat from closing up. And they had to insert 5 sleeves into my veins to be able to put in the wires. There were 3 on the right side of my groin and 2 on the left. Normally they insert these while you are under and then take them out before you wake up BUT since my INR was so high they didn't want to take a chance on bleeding so they left them in. It took until 1:30 AM to get my INR down and then they removed those sleeves which was no fun at all. I am very sore from that also. After they remove them you have to lay still on your back for about 8 hours to give them time to seal up. That was a real pain. I can't sit still for 5 minutes let alone 8 hours.
Because of all the stuff going on with me last night I may have gotten 45 minutes sleep. I had the 3 Drs come in this morning and tell me that it was pretty much a picture perfect procedure and they believe they got the area, but only time will tell. They said it will take 3 months for the scar material to form and stop the electrical pulses. So they said to continue taking my meds for the next 3 months and that I may have attacks during this time.After that they will take me off the rhythm med (Rythmol) and we will see over 6 months if I have any attacks. If there are no attacks I will probably stop taking the Warfarin also.
I was walking (at the hosp) by 9:30AM and released by 10AM.
There was some pain (like the Catheter) But again I say that the chance of never having another AF attack is well worth it.
I'm pretty wore out now and I'm gonna eat something and then go to bed.
Thank You all for the thoughts and prayers.