A WRITER'S WIT
This post is last in a series of four, in which I tell of my fifteen-year battle with atrial fibrillation and my efforts to conquer it. Click on Parts One, Two, or Three to take a look at prior installments. Today I continue with my recovery from the June 20th procedure at St. Davids' Medical Center in Austin.
History of an Ablation
Word came down that I might be dismissed before noon. Frankly, I believed they would need the space ASAP. When things were expedited, the shower was eighty-sixed. I might have needed some help because the surgical tape was so powerful it could have been used to patch broken plumping. It was so strong that it tore skin from my body when I carefully removed it myself.
Out at eleven a.m.
I posted on FB that everything had gone well. In fact, I’d posted twice before the procedure, once while I was in the first holding room, and then again after I was in my room and I took a picture of the marker board stating: “Monitor groin areas overnight.” Two of my friends gave me some real grief over that, all in good fun, of course.
In closing, Doctor Gallinghouse is a very personable, passionate, and intelligent gentleman with a great haircut, using some of the most sophisticated knowledge and equipment at his fingertips at Saint David’s. More important, his heart is in the right place, caring more about ridding people of the annoying, debilitating, and potentially harmful condition known as A Fib than riches or fame. The organization of which he is a part--Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute—is by many accounts one of the best, if not the best, medical centers of its kind in the country, if not the world. I’m NOT engaging in hyperbole! People from other countries journey to Austin every week to have this superior level of ablation performed. I can’t speak highly enough of the Saint David’s and TCA staff members. Each and every individual I came in contact with was exceedingly competent, helpful, and caring. And caring. I can’t say that enough: caring!
In the days since the ablation (thirty-seven and counting), I have NOT experienced one twinge of A Fib. I feel that the repair has increased blood flow to all parts of the body. I am now able to bend over or stoop down without triggering an episode or becoming dizzy when I stand. I can now do my complete Pilates workout without having to worry. I returned to achieving my 10,000+ steps per day within a week! I feel great, and I hope I never take that feeling for granted ever again.
If you are experiencing atrial fibrillation or believe you have its symptoms, I encourage you to contact TCA in Austin, Texas and make an appointment. Their surgeons meet with people from all over the state, so be sure and check with the Austin office for a cardiologist near you. And finally, if you’re worried about costs, consider that Medicare and insurance companies are willing to pay for this procedure because in the long run it reduces their costs. (Warfarin tests, drug expenses, appointments, cardioversions, and other charges add up over the years.) In fact, I have by now received the bill for my share of the expenses at St. David's, and my insurances covered all but 5%—an amount I can live with.
If you have any questions, please message me using the contact box on my Home page (I no longer have a Facebook account), and I’ll try to answer or put you in touch with someone who can. You or those whom you love no longer have to suffer! Also, if I’ve misstated anything, please inform me, so I can correct it. Thanks.
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