Well it's been almost 5 days since the Ablation and I had my first attack last night. First I think I found one of my triggers. My last few attacks i noticed one thing that might have been in common. CHOCOLATE! I had eaten a "goodly amount" of chocolate on the night before an attack but I hadn't ever noticed it before so I just dismissed it. Yesterday afternoon my wife made us some homemade chocolate brownies. When she gave me a pretty big serving I thought about it but ate it anyway. BTW They were awesome!
I woke up at 2AM and I felt weird, I wondered if I was in AFib, but it felt different. I got up and came into the living room and put on my blood cuff to check and yes,It was AF. BUT my heart rate was only around 105 BPM and my BP was not bottomed out. Every AF attack I have ever had felt like my heart was trying to jump out of my chest and my heart was racing at 145 to 175 BPM. This one was different. I wasn't sure if it was AF. I could feel that my heart was beating faster but it wasn't pounding, I did feel a little short of breath but I wasn't breathing heavily. If I didn't have the BP monitor I wouldn't have been sure I was in AF and that is very different.
I'm not sure how long it lasted because I woke up in AF but after waking up it was over in about 45 minutes and the highest HR i got was 109. AND I don't feel bad. Normally, after it is over, I feel like i've been ran over by a bus but I can honestly say that I don't really feel any effects from it at all.
I'm not letting this change my attitude. The Dr told me that I probably would have my normal attacks until my heart developes enough scar material to stop the signals. And I actually think I feel better now knowing that it has made a major difference in the attacks even though the scar material is not there yet. Since the ablation I have had the question in the back of my mind as to whether it was going to make any difference at all. Now I know!
So I am still feeling very positive about the Ablation and looking forward to the future to see what happens.