All Fixed - The Old Tickers Working
So I'm back home and all is well. The heart ablation went well and I was told it was 95 percent successful which is higher than what I was hoping for. Usually they have a 92 percent success rate if the patient is wide awake during the procedure. Because of the arthritis in my back, lying perfectly still for anything is not an option therefore I was put to sleep and that reduces the success rate to 72 percent. It took them two and a half hours to find the defective pathway (Figure 3 on attached link) and zap it. They had some fancy anesthetic cocktail that was administered very slowly and it really hurt my hand and arm but it kept me asleep for the duration. When I woke up I had a sandbag on my leg and I wasn't allowed to move for 4 hours.
I have a hole in my groin and one in my neck and other than a baby aspirin a day for a month I don't have to take any drugs and that pleases me immensely.
I was very lucky and had a room to myself so I closed the window blinds and door and snoozed the rest of the day away. The food was pretty crappy but then again, it's a hospital. I spent a little time knitting but by four AM I was ready to "Get Out of Dodge" so to speak. Of course they weren't letting me go anywhere. I did con the nurse into getting me a sandwich which helped a little. By six am I was really desperate...I got dressed and sneaked out to the Tim Hortons coffee shop and had one of their wonderful breakfast sandwiches and a big coffee. My nurse was not impressed with me when I got back to my room, sigh... I'm sure when Rudee my nurse friend reads this she will just shake her head, I'm a lousy patient.
I'm glad it's over, my husband was a nervous wreck. My good friend D spent the night before here with us and spent the whole day at the hospital keeping my husband sane.
I'm tired, I'm sore but I don't have any arrhythmia and that's a good thing. Now we have my husbands Colonoscopy on Friday (his fourth in two years) and then neither of us wants to see a doctor for a very long time. Thank you to everyone who left good wishes for me...