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Edhammer, June 5,  2018  4:40pm EST
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3 weeks post ablation

3 weeks in and no grand excitement, no catastrophic events; the closest being the grandma with a gun in the clown car. A couple of episodes which I was prepared for. Back in my post graduate cardiac rehab. The only puzzling thing is the variability of my heart rate and a little shortness of breath when walking my hounds from hell through my woods. I don’t experience that on the treadmill or nu-step. (Am I dogging it in rehab?) EP nurse said it’s all part of the remodeling process. I’m buying that for now. I see my EP in a couple of weeks.

thoughts, anyone?

thanks.

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  • Spencer
    Spencer, June 5,  2018  6:20pm EST

    Ed - That is great!  I am about 6 weeks post 3rd ablation.  Some blips, a little AFib but nothing major.  So I think we are in the same boat.  I have seen the EP twice so far, one for a check-up, and last week for the cardiac monitor install.  Next time I see him will be late July.  He is looking to maybe take me off blood thinners late this year maybe Dec or so. 

    The shortness of breath and high variablity of the heart is something that I have too.  I think it is part of the healing process.

    Spencer.

    Waiting for my Sunrise.

  • Jeanamo815
    Jeanamo815, June 6,  2018  12:39pm EST

    Ed, it sounds as though you are doing well since your ablation, but are still in the process of your heart healing after the procedure.  I hope that your variable heart rate and shortness of breath will soon pass as time heals your heart.  Any medicines you are taking could also be a contributing factor.  In the meantime, I hope you continue to do well and that your ablation proves to be a success!

    Wishing you the best,

    Jean

    (My A-fib Experience Community Leader)

  • Edhammer
    Edhammer, June 6,  2018  1:11pm EST

    Spencer and Jean, the best thing about this forum is talking to real people....well, some zombies, cyborgs and crazy people, too....who can truthfully say, yeah I know what you mean or how you feel. That validates our experiences. My doc told me it’s normal. You guys say it’s normal healing. I am reassured. Thanks. 

    Ed

  • Edhammer
    Edhammer, June 6,  2018  4:01pm EST
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    The other hound

  • Spencer
    Spencer, June 9,  2018  12:33pm EST
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    Here's Thor tearing up the trails in the Anza-Borrego desert - a vast network of trails about 60 min outside of San Diego.  Altitude is about 6,000 ft and they can get a lot of snow in the winter.  We ran about 5 miles that day.  He loves the snow and the cold weather.

  • Edhammer
    Edhammer, June 9,  2018  5:27pm EST

    Spencer,

    Not much comes better than watching joyful dogs. They make me to smile even when the times are rough....

  • Spencer
    Spencer, June 9,  2018  5:40pm EST
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    Ed - This last winter, the winter of my AFib, he would walk with me, and I would talk to him on those walks.  We were outside some time for hours as I was talking my crazy away.  Thor is one of the reasons that I am still here.  He was my father confessor and therapist when I could not talk with anyone else.  I always felt better after walking him.  

    We would often walk down for some bacon at a place about a mile from here.  The overnight restaurant workers eventually allow us both in, and he would sit at the booth and get fed a few strips of bacon.  His pure joy always encouraged me.  Of course, no pix as they would get in trouble.   He walks entirely off leash.  The cops started to see us so much that they would just wave.  

    "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."  Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146

    Pix of Thor and me when he was a puppy.

    Spencer

    Waiting for my Sunrise.

  • Edhammer
    Edhammer, June 10,  2018  7:10am EST

    Spencer,

    This past winter was my winter of afib. It coincided with Kathy working away from home during the week, leaving me and the dogs on our own, with minimal supervision...Dougal and Zeppelin were there for me. My episodes were almost always in the middle of the night. They were there as soon as I was awakened by an episode. The times when I called 911, they greeted the first responders and ambulance crew. They were ready to hop in the ambulance and ride with me. The times when I rode the episodes out, one of them was always by my side. They recognized something was going on and were there to help. In those black  20 below nights, with snow flying and wind howling, they stuck by my side, listening to me talk, nuzzling me when they felt I needed it.  So I know exactly what you mean.

    That unconditional love is healing.

    Ed

  • Jeanamo815
    Jeanamo815, June 10,  2018  12:57pm EST

    Ed and Spencer....I love seeing the dog pictures.  There are times when your dog is truly "man's best friend".  They have a sense for what their owner is feeling and offer unconditional love.  Thanks for sharing your stories and pictures!

    Jean

    (My A-fib Experience Community Leader)

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