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LilacGal
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   Posted 7/23/2005 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Folks,
 
Well, I had a not to good appt with my cardio yesterday.  He asked me if I could hang around a little longer so he could call in confer with my ep about what's going on.  After speaking to my ep, he came back to me with three options on my tachycardia.
 
1 - Do nothing. (Not really an option for me...I feel like crap right now.)
2 - Try yet another drug.  (I've been on so many drugs already, none have helped yet and I'm running out of time before school starts.)
3 - Do a third ablation.  (Don't really want this but it looks like a good choice for the moment.)
 
Up until now, he had believed a pacemaker could be a possibility.  My ep told him that I have some odd right atrial tachycardia and a pacemaker wouldn't help me at all.  It would actually make me worse.  He told me the only way to correct my RASVT was an ablation.  And if the third ablation didn't work, then a fourth and a fifth and so on until my heart rate is to the proper level.  I was told that I'm one of the less than 1% that has this much trouble.
 
The thought of having another ablation, let alone a fourth, fifth, or sixth one later on, is mind numbing for me right now.  I don't want it but my cardio says this is the best option for me.  I've got is scheduled for next Friday...this is the quickest I've ever been scheduled for one.
 
I was taken off the extra drugs so it's just 200mg of Toprol and my .3 of Florinef. 
 
After all of this, I had an anxiety attack and went to urgent care.  Was given something to help "take the edge off" as the doc said.  (I liked this doc...very nice.)
 
I have high hopes for this ablation.  Everyone says the third time is the charm...here's hoping that's true for me.  I'm still scared though.  I hate having to go through all this again.
 
smurf  Lil smurf
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Juliette1
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   Posted 7/23/2005 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi lil

sad  I'm sorry to hear about your problems. In some respects we seem to be in the same boat - I'm waiting for a third ablation. But I'm fairly stable on Flecainide, except for mornings. I was told the same about a pacemaker - no good with my right atrial arrhythmias. I'd hoped I could have one fitted and just get back to normal, but no. I can understand you feeling scared. BUT third time lucky! They're not hanging about are they? Keep in touch,

Juliette


Teri16
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   Posted 7/23/2005 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Lil, I am sorry you are having to go through all this time and again!!  There are a few of us that can understand as we've had several heart caths to determine blockages, to do angioplasty, or to put in stents.  We've decided that we're fairly atypical and therefore pretty special people!! yeah Consider yourself hugged ((((Lil)))) cuz you are a very special person, too!! - and with all our good wishes, prayers and positive thoughts I hope this 3rd time will be it for you!

With Love and big Hugs, Teri tongue


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LilacGal
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   Posted 7/25/2005 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks y'all.

It's official now...third ablation is this Friday, July 29 at 6:30am.  I saw my pcp today to touch base with him about all that has gone on.  I really like him...can laugh and joke around.  He said he has never had a 27 year old patient with so many problems.  lol  Glad to keep him on his toes...I told him he should write a paper about me.  lol

 

smurf  Lil smurf


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Teri16
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   Posted 7/25/2005 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Lil, I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers this week - I'm truly hoping for this to have a positive outcome and give you a new lease on your life!! yeah
 
Big Hugs!
Love, Teri tongue
xoxoxo
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Famulus
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   Posted 7/25/2005 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Lil, I'm really sorry that this has to happen again, but I hope this time it's 100% successful!
I'll be thinking of you on Friday.

hugs,
Oona

Teri16
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   Posted 7/26/2005 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Lil, I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you...
 
Love and Hugs, Teri tongue
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Patoolla
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   Posted 7/26/2005 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hugs and prayers for you Lil!  Pat

LilacGal
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   Posted 7/27/2005 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the thoughts and prayers y'all.  I'm getting very nervous.  I can't believe it's less than 48 hours away.
 
I have a really stupid fear...I'm terrified of the IV!!  I know it's silly...of all the things to be worried about, why I am afraid of the IV?  I still have four clots in my hands from the IV during the last ablation...one in my left and three in my right.  They always have so much trouble getting the IV into me.  I ended up getting stuck no less than five times last time before they were able to place the two IV's.  I don't understand why I need two...why can't I just have one?  I hate those things. 
 
Ug...I hate the waiting!!!  I wish this was over and I knew if it worked or not!!!!
 
smurf  Lil smurf
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heartangel
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   Posted 7/27/2005 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Lil I am so sorry yuo have troubles with the iv's maybe try it in yuor foot vein if they can. And I'll be in a pocket somewhere around yu on the 29th yes I am also praying the  3rd time is a charm and yes my dear yuo are special too. I am hopeing aaand praying for the best.

How are you today my friend.

Heidi


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Famulus
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   Posted 7/27/2005 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Lil - Ask if they can wrap your arm/hand in hot towels for awhile before they do the IV. That should help alot.
hugs,
Oona

Teri16
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   Posted 7/27/2005 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
smurf  Lil,
 
Some good ideas!  Let them know when you get there that this is a problem and you might even give your Dr. a call in advance to mention this to him.  Hopefully, they will send in their pros!! yeah
 
Wishing you all the best!!
Love and Hugs, Teri tongue
xoxoxo
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Patoolla
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   Posted 7/27/2005 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Lil I have the same problem with IV's and finding a vein when they do blood work.  I know you will probably have to go several hours without eating or drinking before you procedure but before that time try drinking a lot of water.  It makes the veins so much easier to get into.  It helped me anyway.  eyes  Hugs, Pat

LilacGal
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   Posted 7/27/2005 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow!  Lots of good ideas!  Thanks y'all.  IIRC, last time, they numbed my vein...I was kinda out of it at that point.  I hope I'm that out of it this time.  yeah I remember flipping out when they said I needed an IV in each hand. 
 
I'm trying to drink more water anyway...I bought a new water bottle 1000mL.  If I drink two of them, then I will have had my eight cups of water for the day (plus about 4 extra ounces.)  I think I'll probably feel a lot better overall if I'm more hydrated anyway. 
 
smurf  Lil smurf
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LibbyG
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   Posted 7/27/2005 11:30 PM (GMT -7)   

lil,

i'm with you too - with all our other healing well family!

i too have probs with the IV.  i say that once that's started all will be OK!  lots of good suggestions from the others.  another i would suggest is to INSIST that an anesthesiologist start the IV and that he use lidocaine.  when i do this i have no problems.  they hate that request, as it means extra time.  i say (to myself) "tough"!  i'm a tough stick and suffering through that is just awful.  can you ask your doc that ahead of time (thursday?).  tell him you're a tough stick and what problems you've had and ask if he can arrange for an anesthesiologist to start it, using lidocaine.  the nurses gripe about the lidocaine, say it makes the veins actually shrink up a bit, but i've never had a problem when the aneths folks use it. 

lil, we are all sorry to have you go through this a 3rd time.  you are in my prayers and sending tons of positive thoughts...

libby


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LilacGal
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   Posted 7/28/2005 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Libby - What's lidocaine?  I don't know if I've heard of this or not?  What is it supposed to do exactly? 

Thanks!

smurf Lil smurf
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heartangel
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   Posted 7/28/2005 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
lidocane=a local anthestheic drug
it is also used in an IV to treat certain cardiac arrhythmia's.

So lil please ask yur Doctor about this it might help ok. I'll be in yur pocket too or arund the room while yu undergo this procedure check in with results when yu now them and feel like posting too.
Heidi
Love starts with a SMILE
Grows with a KISS
And ends with a TEAR
 
 
You never know true happiness until you
have truely loved and yu will never
understand what pain is until you
have lost it.


Teri16
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   Posted 7/28/2005 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Good Luck, Lil!!
 
My thoughts and prayers are with you for tomorrow!!
 
Love and Hugs, Teri tongue
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LilacGal
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   Posted 7/29/2005 2:41 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks teri.
 
i'm getting ready to leave...got about five min to finish checking email and to read my comics.  ack!  time is flying by this morning.
 
thank you everyone for your good thoughts and prayers.  i really appreciate them.  not sure if i'll be home today or tomorrow but i'll post as soon as i am able.
 
hugs to all.
 
smurf  lil smurf
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heartangel
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   Posted 7/29/2005 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Lil

By now you are done or almost done sure hope yu could feel us in your pockets and all around the room lifting yu uyp in prayer and good thuoghts too. Here is hopeing it went ok and post when yu can dear friend.

Heidi


Love starts with a SMILE
Grows with a KISS
And ends with a TEAR
 
 
You never know true happiness until you
have truely loved and yu will never
understand what pain is until you
have lost it.


Teri16
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   Posted 7/29/2005 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
smurf  Lil smurf
 
I hope your procedure went well and that you are resting now!! smurf   Waiting to hear from you when you are able to post!  smurf
smurf  Hugs, Teri xoxoxo smurf
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heartangel
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   Posted 7/29/2005 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   

Lil Please check in when you can we are still thinking abut yu. Also hopeing yu are resting now too.

Heidi


Love starts with a SMILE
Grows with a KISS
And ends with a TEAR
 
 
You never know true happiness until you
have truely loved and yu will never
understand what pain is until you
have lost it.

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