About Me: Female, 67, Seattle, WA, member since May 2010
I am a chemical dependency counselor and work with drug addicted, mentally ill people. I love to paint, write, and read. Music is a passion. I am on a spiritual journey and seek to balance the human and the spiritual. I want to become more physically active. I am learni
[More]ng to take better care of myself and to laugh more often at myself and life!
Mary, I hope you and yours had a nice Christmas and that you are still free from the dreaded afib. I will be going to Cleveland Clinic in early March for an evaluation to see what THEY think I should do. I have had no episodes since last December, excepting the one in May which was because I was off the anti-arrythmics entirely. So I am stable, with just my usually skips and bumps to keep my anxiety level up there:) Whenever I think about what the future may bring, I think of all you went thru and how well you are doing and it gives me hope. Merry Christmas and all good things in the New Year.
Mary, was the surgery you had called a mini-maze? I was told by my current ep that my odds for a catheter ablation are about 65%, for a mini-maze 90%. Also wondering how it's going with you. I tried and failed Rythmol since we last corresponded and am now just on 50mg. of Atenolol. My heart flitters and flutters now and then, but in general I feel much better. If this doesn't work, I will probably go back on the Norpace and get an opinion from the Cleveland Clinic. Would love to hear how you are. Take care, DD
Mary -- I am sorry you had to deal with pneumonia again, hope that is over with! I saw my ep today and he does not think I am a good candidate for ablation (65% chance of success -- another ep gave me 50-50 chance) and i am going to up my dose of Atenolol and see what that does. I went off the Norpace, tried Rythmol and it made me really sick. I am feeling up and down -- kind of shell shocked. I am having more pacs, pvcs, and runs of tachy which is bothersome, but it isn't as bad as afib. It kind of makes me crazy not to have everything all pinned down and planned out, but as you well know, afib (or life in general) is always throwing us a surprise to deal with. You have been so brave thru all your troubles,
I will think of you when I'm trying to stay sane thru all this.
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