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Good to hear from you Mary!

And so glad everything went well at the Electrophysiologist visit. I know you’re excited about the TEE on the 30th. I’ve got it marked on my calendar and will be thinking of you that day!

I ‘think’ I had a minor setback yesterday. I’ve been doing pretty good on my recovery from the gastric bleed and slowly getting stronger. I had a visit with my cardiologist yesterday morning. I had been looking so forward to that visit, because it was to get me started doing whatever he needed me to do to prepare for the Watchman. However, right before I got to his office, I started feeling light headed, was dizzy, nauseated, disoriented, etc. They took me right back into his office from the waiting room, where my BP was 82/54. He came right in, said I looked like I was having some type of problem and had me taken to the ER. I was there until 8:30 last night. They gave me fluids, monitored me, ran tests and changed some of my Meds. They also found out that my heart rate had spiked to 181 while I was at the doctor’s office. Diagnosis was that it as an aFib event. I usually am in aFib and don’t even know it. I guess there’s a first for everything!!

Before I left my doctor’s office, I told him I wanted to talk to him about the Watchman, etc. He said, we’ll talk later. Anyway, the good part of the whole ordeal yesterday, was that my Electrophysiologist came to see me in the ER, and said he’d work with the Cardiologist to get things rolling. So, we’ll see!! I see my gastric doctor next Tuesday to get her approval. So, I guess, we’re still working toward it - just not in the structured way I wanted it to happen!

I’m feeling okay today. So hopefully, yesterday won’t set me back too bad.

Take care!


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Hi Billie,

Sorry to hear about your recent aFib event but you couldn't have been in a better place at the time it happened. I'm hoping that this is a rare occurrence for you and that you will continue to heal without further incidents.

Have you ever been cardioverted? Thirteen years ago my cardiologist tried a cardioversion on me but it didn't work. I use to go in and out of aFib but I've been in chronic aFib for about ten years now. I've never felt the palpations or irregular heartbeats, but I have known others with aFib and they have shared their stories of fearing a heart attack or panicking from the intense palpations.

I'm happy to hear that you are feeling okay today. Hang in there....I'm a firm believer that if something is meant to be, it will happen in the right time.

Stay Prayerful,


"A setback is simply a setup for a comeback."

Hello Mary, @tresjur - I love your closing quote, “A setback is simply a setup for a comeback.” How true!


Hi Billie,

I'm sorry I took so long to post but time has been getting away from me lately. My October 30 TEE went well and I'm on to the next step of this process. I will be on Plavix and a low dose aspirin for the next six months. After that, it will just be a low dose aspirin for life.

How is your approval process going? I hope all is well with you and will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.