The heart cath RF ablation went with no hiccups, per Dr. I reported to the hospital yesterday at 630am, and was in the cath lab at 8am. Quite a pleasant experience. They started the anesthesia drip and night night I went.
Woke at 1130 in recovery. Nurse tending to me said everything went well. Had very bad pain in right shoulder from how I was laying, I believe. It’s already better.
Got back into a temp room around 2PM yesterday and Dr. came to check on me and said he saw everything he needed to see. Said there was a lot of action around pulmonary veins so he took care of that. He said he tested hard with the adrenaline, didnt see anything else. He did ablate for aflutter too.
Spent the night at the hospital with my wife for monitoring Doing well, standing, walking around some. Heart feels ok. In sinus rhythm, heart rate still elevated around 75. Usually 58-60. This is part of the hearts healing process. Feel like I’m having some PACs, but it may just be thr elevated rate. Either way it’s pretty standard in the 3 month blanking period healing process.
I do feel like I’ve been beat up from the inside out. The tube shoved down my throat to keep me breathing while I was under did some damage to my esophagus, along with the RF burn. The two access sites for the caths in my groin are healing nicely, but have a ways to go.
I will say, I was underprepared for the magnitude of the procedure, which may have been a good thing. Hell, they poked a hole in my heart to access the inside with the caths. Going under anesthesia is never a cake walk. My entire respiratory tract is bruised. My heart is healing, and its letting me know.
But, hopefully this is the ticket to get all this behind me.
I’ll be monitoring my mental and physical stress very closely moving forward. That will be part of my daily entries. I am going to get back down to 185-190lbs as well, to ease some of the burden. It’ll be a slow diet down though. At about 200 right now.
2 weeks off from the gym. Will lay low a few days while I heal up the access sites and my throat. Then I’ll start back some walking and PT.