To those anxious about ablation (was me by the way!) this forum has been a godsend that I wanted to give back. 24 hrs from going in yes bit sore in groin but expected & will ease. Ectopic beats yes expected - can take up 3 mths to settle. Mind set - positive happy peaceful & aware REST is key (loved someone’s advise to rest, rest and oh yeah rest!). I’ve got lawn mowers on standby & am looking at 3 mths of being sensible. I want to grab this opportunity with both hands & reclaim my QOL. Im 53 but felt 20 years older 😞. Someone said “you’ll know when you’re ready” so true, had two cancellations due to high BMI then cancelled a 3rd myself in March as too scared. Got my head sorted first then my body.
AF been around for years & manageable then 2 years ago passed out, 5 mths off work med changes appointments depression, anxiety, obsession with each episode & my lifestyle questioned every day. I went from fit & 4 stone lighter to a very unhappy place BUT I kept going (just!) changing, evolving where I could every day was a struggle just wanted to curl up in a ball. I couldn’t walk for more than 10 minutes on the flat, stairs were exhausting, swimming impossible, bending over, no more hill walking, stopped going out … in Jan started new job took leaf of faith stepped out comfort zone - covid was godsend to be able work from home as AF went from 5 episodes a week to 3-4 a day. I accepted it instead of getting angry or scared - big turning point!
Thank you all, I will continue to read your wonderful, helpful & experienced msgs. We are ALL individuals with our own AF journey we all heal different mentally & physically.
Am I glad yesterday happened? You bet your life I am! Do I know the outcome? Surgeon said successful & text book & I know I can control my lifestyle & mind. I’ll not concern myself with my future AF journey but put all my effort in each & every day doing the best I can to give myself every opportunity.
Advise - ask so many questions the surgeons love it! Do as many trials as you can - they are throwing good money at AF now & you’ll help so many others, believe in you, trust you, be kind to you, control that over thinking mind & know being vulnerable is courage & most, if not all change is for the better (some changes take longer than others so be patient).
I wish each & everyone of you the very warmest of luck living with your AF & QOL 🥰