Today I introduce you to a soul set free of mental fear and torment by a persistent heart condition, MYSELF!
For 4+ years many of you have followed and sympathized with my battle with a common heart condition, A-Fib, short hand for atrial fibrillation, a condition 1 in 4 persons may have at some point in their lives. By the way you don't have to be a senior citizen, either. A church friend in his 40s had it, too.
Without revisiting my daily struggle and frustration of trying to live a nearly normal life at my advanced age with a chronic condition, and the very dangerous drug with narrow boundaries of safety, I am happy to report I am now nearly, if not entirely free, of the condition.
September 27 you may remember I had a heart procedure in Little Rock, called pulmonary vein ablation. In brief the 4 pulmonary veins which enter the heart in the left atrium were ablated (scarred or cauterized), even though only one was causing A-Fib. The reason is if one vein does, the other three veins eventually will develop the same symptom.
After three months of healing and NO recurrence of A-Fib, my electrophysiology cardiologist removed the drug, Tikosyn, from my regimen. After one week I have had no A-Fib attacks.
If still symptom-free in 3 more months I will be able to discontinue Pradaxa, a blood thinner with dangerous side effects.
I am under no delusion. This condition can return. Drugs and ablations may, and do fade in 30% of users. I hope I am in the 70%, but, if not, I still have the same options, unless ObamaCare denies payment because of age. The procedure is costly.
But today and all the days I remain A-Fib free, I shall be thankful and enjoy freedom from drugs, fear, etc....in short a life set free from fear. I still have work to do, but I will endeavor to step into it with joy, not grudgingly...like cardiac rehab [translate exercise] and lose more weight -- oh how I need support in this!
Thank you, blogging buddies for listening and I know some of you, or your dear ones have the same malady.
Thanks to my dear husband for being there for me every step of the way, as he has his own health problems too!
Yes! Luckie, too, who often lay by my chair in sympathy as I struggled through A-Fib attacks which were more frequent in late evenings and night.
I am commenting on FACEBOOK more and more, using it much like blogging but nearly requiring the intensity. Many of you have a FACEBOOK account. I will 'friend' you, if you request.