Only time will tell if my ablation was a success. I traveled four hours from my hometown to the hospital on Tuesday and returned home Friday evening. The procedure was on Wednesday and took over seven hours. I was heavily drugged, but was not put to sleep. What a feeling! Even with narcotics, it felt like my chest was on fire.
Three bad electrical circuits were found. The doctors tell me two of the three are corrected, but only time will tell if the third will cause atrial flutter again. The inside of my heart was burned 57 times and it currently feels like someone is sitting on my chest. I have difficulty taking a deep breath, but am told my breathing will return to normal in a few days. My cardiologists were great! Because of my congenital problems, I get lots of attention and saw five cardiologists and three residents during my stay.
After the procedure, I had an echo, EKG and pacemaker/lead check-up to ensure my heart is as normal as it can be for me. Once Im back to normal, I plan to buy a new mountain bike to celebrate!
Lying in a hospital bed gave me lots of time to think and appreciate the great people and things in my life. I wish to thank everyone I have met through the club. Your support and friendship means to world to me.