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Update blog...post cardiac ablation and other stuff

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I have not blogged in a while so I thought I would ramble a bit...

I had a cardiac ablation a week and a half ago. It was due to some PVC's or an arrhythmia I have. Most people have PVC's but I get them so much it causes more problems.

It was not to bad and it involved them inserting catheters(5 places) into my veins in my leg and my femoral artery. It was painful and long. I was there for 12 hours laying still not able to move my legs. NO FUN. The pain in my chest was horrible. I was in the surgery/procedure for over 4 hours.

I was so happy when the doctor was able to locate the spot and put me to sleep. The worst thing was the procedure did not work. It will be repeated before the end of the year. I will also have a more complicated procedure where they enter my chest and treat the outside of my heart as well as through my veins in my leg. The second procedure will be at a Univ Hospital in Chicago. A very neat place with a new docor and an operating room with robots. So cool!

Recovery was fine. I had my husband who was wonderful!! He did a great job taking care of me. I was to rest. I was not allowed to walk much and since we have stairs I was stuck in our room for 2 days. It was not bad cause I had a computer and TV. Jacqueline (JANK156) helped keep me busy with games and emails. She was great.

I am healing still and exercise very carefully and do not allow my heart rate to get to high. During the procedure they basically remove/burn or freeze a section of your heart so the part stops sending the wrong signal creating the arrhythmia. When my HR gets to high it hurts.

I can't complain to much. I was taken care of. I had plenty to do. I got to rest. I only needed tylenol for pain. It sucks that I have to redo the procedure but at least I know what to expect and how to prepare.

Other news...
I did not gain weight. I had some extra water weight that I had trouble losing. once it was gone I felt loads better. I am about the same weight as before the procedure. At the hospital I weighed 198. Which was so exciting even if it was different than my own scale at home.

I am hover around 203 right now. Onderland is so close...I hope to hit it by the end of the year and never go back over 200!! It is hard now due to my lower intensity exercise.

Here are some photos since I have not posted any in a long time.

July 2011 (7 pounds lost)

October 2012

May/June 2011

Oct 7, 2012

July 2009 I hated this photo

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    Hi there - do you have an update on what happened with subsequent ablation, etc? I just had my first ablation, and am in the two week no exercise recovery period.
    534 days ago
  • COUPONS0216
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    I will keep you in my prayers that the next procedure does the trick!
    Your new photos are AMAZING!
    1510 days ago
  • _JODI404
    What a bummer that you went through all that and it didn't work! emoticon

    Well, at least you will know what to expect, and that should help next time. Best wishes for total success on round two! The robots sound pretty cool!

    Continue to take it easy and take good care! You are so close, you will make it to Onderland for sure. Your body sometimes has it's own timetable... but you WILL get there!!

    Take care! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    PS: you look fantastic in your current photo!! emoticon
    1517 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/24/2012 2:22:26 PM
    I'm so sorry you have to go through this ordeal but I do hope the next procedure fixes everything.

    You look fantastic in your current photos! Congratulations on how far you have come!
    1522 days ago
    1522 days ago
    I'm so glad things are looking up for you. You'll be in Onderland before you know it. Rest and get better.
    1522 days ago
  • _BABE_
    It sucks you had to go through such an ordeal and may have to again. I hope it does the trick... cause you have been such an inspiration of you taking care of you. emoticon
    1523 days ago
    UGH...getting the details of your procedure and knowing you have to do it again is a BIG pain in the rear! I really hope they get it together with the next procedure.

    You look AWEsome in your new photos! You will be in ONEderland before you know it!

    Take care of yourself! emoticon
    1523 days ago
    So sorry you had to go through all that! And it sucks that they need to repeat it. But it is necessary so it is what it is! So glad you are ok. You look so good! You are truly inspirational! Take care of you and keep on rocking it!! emoticon
    1523 days ago
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