Nov 21, 2012
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