Hi all - said I would update after angiogram yesterday and to all of those who reassured me beforehand - you were right. And anyone facing one soon.....
PLEASE don’t worry..... honestly and that comes from the biggest worrier ever. I know it is hard but it really was not that bad.
So to take you through. First stop I go to the day ward. Am given a gown (and prob better to wear elastic waist bottoms) you keep these on. Everything else on top comes off and open back gown goes on. Have ECG done. Nurses come to take all the information etc and then to put in a precautionary iv (cannula in arm) Slightly uncomfortable but ok, honestly.
Then I walk to theatre. Oh sorry forgot. Slightly disconcerting but before I go in the Dr doing procedure comes to see me to explain they do many of these operations every day but all procedures have risk etc. etc. I then panic and get a bit upset and said I WILL be having a sedative though ? Won’t I? She replies yes if you want it. DEFINITELY!
So into the operating theatre lots of people about. They attach monitors and there are big cameras / screens overhead and to side. But I don’t look 😂!
Given a dose of sedative then procedure begins. They went in through my wrist. First given local anaesthetic there though which feels like scratch and then quite a lot of pressure / and it is a bit uncomfortable but at that point I said “hang on don’t feel I have enough sedative 😆😆😆”. May I have more please? They put more in through the cannula on other arm. Feel much better and quite relaxed.
Then apart from the pressure on my wrist I did not feel anything re the catheter going in (which was my main concern). Really .... nothing... no pain. After a while (lost sense of time to be honest) Dr said ok we are going to put dye in.... it may feel a bit like a burning sensation. It wasn’t actually- was warmish but not horrible and yes it did feel weird (and slightly as if you’ve wet yourself 😬) but that feeling only temporary. Then all was over.
Was wheeled back to ward for 4 hours or so recovery. Had a clear pressure cuff on wrist with air in it. They take out a little of air reducing pressure every half an hour.
At end of day cannula was removed (bit uncomfortable again but remember I am a big wuss!) oh and they took more blood. Don’t know why though?!
Got out about 2.30pm having gone in at 8am. Today my wrist is a bit sore and bruised and I feel weary but am honestly ok. Best part is that I was told my arteries are clear, and can support the AVR when that comes. One hurdle at least is over.... (for now)
All the best to everyone