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This has all been very frustrating. I was, however, called back in yesterday
after short notice on Monday, for a cancellation slot. They proceeded and pinpointed the rogue nerve spot but the
EP decided it was too risky to proceed with the actual ablation. Unexpectedly, the spot was too close to the
natural pacemaker nerve and therefor carried the risk of destroying that and
accidentally causing the need for an artificial pacemaker implant! (I'm glad
he's a cautious fellow!). They confirmed
this positively as 'atrial tachycardia', a rarer 1 in 10 form of SVT. The
catheter ablation unit I was in did not have the right software to tackle this
spot as precisely and safely as required.
Doc said the other unit could have done it but we were in the wrong unit on the day! So, the specialist wants me
back in about 4 months to review the situation.
If the problem is then still occurring more than I want to tolerate he
will try again with advance knowledge of precisely where the problem lies. Maybe now that they have this knowledge I might
also finally get to see the valve specialist for more insight on the leaky valve
issue, which is actually the bigger long term problem. In the meantime, the upside is that bouts of tachycardia
have become less frequent, which the EP thinks fits with my blood
pressure having recently been brought under control (a negative mark for my now
retired GP who always said on regular checks that my BP was only marginally high and he chose not to do anything - hindsight suggests it was probably too high for ages!).
The positive bit of this is that I can soon resume some gradual
training after the weekend - enough time for the 'access wound' in my groin
to heal adequately to avoid bleeding (and for the heat to abate a bit!!). So still somewhat in limbo.
Bike It, I really sympathise with your ongoing problem and hope for better news soon. We're not yet too late for Comrades '19! I think you Dr Wotherspoon method probably sounds appropriate for both of us for a while!
I hope everyone else is coping with the heat - great Comrades training, just at the wrong time of year!
Terry, wonderful that you got in pronto, but the frustration continues on the resolution, it is a step forward never the less, and, as you say, you can plan ahead given the revised timing. Hoping you get a good resolution to it all when they finally complete the treatments.
Bike It, this is sounding like stripping down a motorbike and re-building it with the expectation of it being far better than when it went into the shop. The approach all makes good sense, looking forward to positive reports from you on progress
SS - we need to form a hip club - where all the cool kids hang out - can you point us to any web resources that will encourage us to follow your hipster programme? I could definitely do with some better posture and mechanics.
Thanks seren - I have a new drama - simply walking into the lounge yesterday morning my left foot swiped the corner of the settee - the two outer toes on that foot collided head-on with it - OMG the pain was excruciating! But externally all seemed well, so I limped off to work sort of giving them a wiggle now and then and an hour or so later the pain level on the inner one rose100 times - I kind of went white and may have puked up my breakfast if I'd had any. A female colleague persuaded me to take some of the forbidden ibuprofen and that helped things, outwardly the toe seemed fine, but yesterday evening when I looked it had a black ring around it, the tip including the nail is fine, but below that from the first joint downward to where it joins the foot is black, like on the tail of a ring tailed lemur. This morning it is painful and numb all at the same time, but it still looks like a normal toe if you know what I mean... attempting to bend it works OK to a point but then I know not to try and push it any further... if I go to walk normally on it though it is still very painful - damn - I sense a few days off running required right when I was going to put more regular shorter burst in for the lead up to C2C!
A few niggles for me with tight hip flexors, glutes, adductors, hamstrings etc. all at once but I seem to be getting to the end of that and obviously working on strength and conditioning to avoid recurrence. I'm still struggling for pace so I hope I get some back before the autumn marathons.