About Me: Female, 66, 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, 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.
Sounds like you are moving in the right direction. I am having good days and bad days. I feel like I am just treading water. Friday will be 4 weeks since my last cardioversion, so far so good. My husband and I both had a really bad cold over this whole time with the holidays and my cardioversions, plus he has issues with diabetic foot problems. I am getting paranoid about going out for fear of catching something else -- like the flu:P I did sign up for a watercolor class once a week, maybe it will keep me distracted from all this health stuff. The handicap parking situation is a good one to look into, I too, had those issues when I was still working. I hope it all goes well -- no meds -- that would be wonderful! So glad you're still in nsr. Hoping for a complete cure for you.
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