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Jul 25, 2015 - 0 comments
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WPW

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appendicitis

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Fear



July 2015
I have been mostly free of any WPW syptoms over the past few years. I get minor palpitations sometimes, but no more dizziness or major episodes. On July 10, 2015 I went to a differnet Dr as mine had no availiable appointments. I went because of ongoing stomach problems. The Dr looked at my history. During the routine checks he noticed that I had a fast heart rate. I laughed and said it would just be because I was nervous about being at the Drs. But he said he thought that it was too fast for that and sent me for an ECG. He said my heart rate was 140 which really didn't bother me as it used to go way higher than that. By the time the ECG gear was all set up my heart rate was back to normal and the readings were fine.
I still get frightened if I feel palppitations or a faster heart beat but I check my pulse and it goes away quickly.

18th July,2015
After a few weeks of feeling unwell, mostly fatigue, aches and stomach discomfort, I had sharp pain in my stomach in the early hours.. This later migrated to my gut, in the form of sharp periodic cramps.and I had no appetite, although Icontinued to eat a little.
I suspected gastro virus and had some peppermint tea which usually helps with tummy cramping, but it didn't have any effect.
I spent the day mostly lying on the sofa. The pain remained but became a bit less intense or maybe I got used to it. I also developed an ache in my lower right side.
Sunday was much the same except that I took my husband to the airport to fly off to work in another city, so was mostly alone.
My son and daughter-in-law live in a selcontained flat in the ground floor part of our home.
On Monday I rang work to say that I was sick and wouldn't be coming in.
By now the most troubling syptom was the aching side whic turned to sharp pain if I bent. Getting my sock on the right foot was almost impossible but I eventually manged.
I already had a Dr's appointment for 2.40pm that day, so I went at that time. My Dr said she thought that I had appendicitis and sent me to the Hospital with a letter. I left my car at the Dr's and my son drove me to the hospital. (About an hour after I contacted him)
My Drs diagnosis was confirmed by the tests at the hospital, which included a scan.
I was admitted to a ward that night and had my retrocecal appendix removed by laproscopic surgery on Tuesday afternoon.

I made sure the Drs knew about my WPW history. I had no heart problems during my stay.
I had some fear of WPW symptoms returning.
I had acute nausea and vomiting on Wednesday after lunch and had a panic attack due to thinking it was a bout of WPW problems. (It was similar to when I used to feel faint) An excellent Dr came and sat with me. She calmly and logically helped me to believe that my WPW was fixed and that I didn't need to worry about it any more. Then to reassure me she ordered an ECG which was fine.
After that I focused on my appendectomy recovery.
Now Day 5 after surgery and the pain is fading. I am more mobile every day. I'm looking foward to walking further and building up my fitness again.
After speaking with the hospital Dr I feel confident that I won't have WPW problems.

6 Weeks-29.11.12

Nov 29, 2012 - 5 comments
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6 weeks

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Exercise

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Cold

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heartbeat



I caught a cold virus and slowed right down.
I stopped my exercises temporarily.
I've had quite a bit of fluttery heartbeats and some achiness in my chest.
I am rather frustrated to take a step backwards but realise I need to just go with it.
This week i had to work a longer day on Tuesday and i needed to rest a lot more during the rest of the week.
I still have blotches on my thigh where the bruising was and still get a bit of an ache in the area sometimes.
Looking foward to being right over the virus and exercising more and feeling fitter soon.

Day 37-5 weeks- 21.11.12

Nov 21, 2012 - 1 comments
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Wolf Parkinson White

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abaltion

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Recovery

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Exercise



This week I have been doing my daily exercise routine which consists of about 20 minutes of stretches and then some skipping.
I used to do some exercises with arm and leg weights too and I plan to resume those next week.
I'm back up to 200 skips.
My pulse rate straight after 200 skips was 102, then after a minute it was back down to 60, which is my consistent resting heart rate now.
I've taken about a week to get up to 200 skips. I started with 50.
I will continue to gradually increase until I am back up to 500.

I have had more energy this week and I've mostly felt well. I can still see blotches where my catheter bruising was. I'm amazed that it lasts so long.
It reminds me that my insides will take a long time to heal too.

I still notice that if I overdo things I get very tired but I am able to do more these days. I still get a few aches in the chest and upper thigh if I'm overtired too. I definitely have to limit how much I lift or I feel a pull in my chest.

My heart is mostly very quiet. I get the occasional odd beat, but mostly I don't notice my heartbeats.
What I am noticing is a steadiness of heart.
I used to feel my heart lurch when i got a fright or felt anxious. I would notice this often when driving as I am not a very confident driver.
Now when something alarming or risky happens, my heart just stays quiet and steady and I don't have the big anxious response that I used to have. I'm really enjoying this change.

The light headedness, that I was getting after my ablation, now seems to be happening less often.

Today I have a mild cold virus starting and I feel annoyed because it is slowing me down when I was getting more energy.
I used to get a lot of irregular heartbeats if I had a virus but I haven't had any more today.

I'm feeling a lot more positive about the ablation and my recovery now.

I'm still surprised that the information given by the hospitals and doctors is not very helpful, regarding what to expect in the recovery period after an ablation. I thought I'd be feeling normal in a few days, after reading the information sheets I was given and also from reading online.
It wasn't until after I had the ablation and I looked for other  people's experiences online because my recovery symptoms were worrying me, that I realised that recovery takes a while and that it is a big deal.
I think people are being mislead about ablation recovery by the medical profession. Maybe they need more feedback on what it's really like.
I am very grateful for the procedure and the care that I received. I just wish I'd known more about what to realistically  expect in the days afterwards

Day 30  15.11.12 Exercise

Nov 14, 2012 - 3 comments

I just did some skipping and I feel fine.
I used to do 500 skips every morning but I haven't for about 10 weeks.
This morning I did some stretches-I started doing my stretches again last week-and 50 skips.
50 skips seems  minimal but I thought I would start small and build back up to my previous amount gradually.

I am really enjoying how normal my heart feels when I am in bed at night, going to sleep.