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10 hours ago · Having First Ablation: What to Expect in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Had ablation a couple of weeks following my first episode of afib. It was performed as day surgery by the electrocardio doc who I really liked, the rascal promptly moved away. There was very little upfront explanation. Went up from groin via femoral artery but I was in lala land before that was performed. The only med I was instructed to take following the procedure was the blood thinner apixaban (aka, Eliquis). This was a significant disappointment as I got the impression the ablation would be free of post-op stuff. Bummer. I was started on 5 mg. 2 x daily, Pleaded with doc to reduce me to 2.5 mg as I was almost 80 at which point the recommended dosage reduces to 2.5. A stickler, he resisted. I complied.
Eliquis is outrageously pricey. By the time I reached 80 I was with a new cardio guy who I also like. He agreed at 80 to drop to 2.5 mg. and agreed to continue to Rx 5 mg and allow me to cut 'em in half for an immediate 50% cost reduction. Even with Medicare coverage it's costly and doubtless prohibitive for some folks.

So far as the procedure itself it was as close to a walk-in-the-park as surgery can be.
BTW, the Eliquis is believed to reduce the likelihood of stroke from 4% to 2%. Big wooo! I talk cocky but I'm still taking the stuff. Good luck, you'll do fine. Don

1 day ago · A little silliness helps the medicine go down. in MAC & Bronchiectasis

Teri, You asked, "How are you feeling" And I said,"Feeling fine which I do most of the time. Problem has been febrile flare-ups every five months which always require antibiotics to defeat. I’m right now on the threshold of entering the promised land of six or more months since the last flare." And here's the thing, I'm fully convinced that to the extent I can reduce the frequency of exacerbations it will be a result of moving from a low-strengh saline neb to 7%. The change resulted in impressively more sputum coming up. And here's the other thing. This board gets full credit for revealing to me that saline fluid is available in different concentrations. It's disturbing that had it not been for stumbling onto Mayo Connect I would almost surely still be huffing 0.09% which wasn't getting the job done. It's also disturbing that neither Pulmo I've seen ever mentioned (and I suspect) didn't even know about the range of choices available; indeed I' got the impression when my current Pulmo learned of, or at least was reminded of,the array of strengths available, it was the first time it crossed his mind. None of this, what seems to me a game changer, would have happened but for the good offices of the members of this board. I'm grateful to everyone here. Don

1 day ago · A little silliness helps the medicine go down. in MAC & Bronchiectasis

Where’s an emoji when ya’ need one? Bummer! Don

1 day ago · A little silliness helps the medicine go down. in MAC & Bronchiectasis

Aerosmith: “You know you drive me up the wall
The way you make good on all the nasty tricks you pull “

Were they singing about MAC and BRONCH?

Teri, Feeling fine which I do most of the time. Problem has been febrile flare-ups every five months which always require antibiotics to defeat. I’m right now on the threshold of entering the promised land of six or more months since the last flare. So far I’ve not suffered anything like so many forum members do. I often feel like a dilettante with no cred among the pros.

2 days ago · A little silliness helps the medicine go down. in MAC & Bronchiectasis

With a nod to Gene Autry; to the tune of "I'm back in the saddle again."

I'm ridin' ole Thumper again,
Chasin' that ole Devil phlegm.
If I don't git him now there's always the next round.
I'm determined to win in the end.

Whoopi-ty-aye-yay, doin' it twice a day.
Ridin' ole Thumper again.

Whoopi-ty-aye-oh,we're givin' it a go.
Ridin' ole Thumper again.

Thu, Feb 13 2:00pm · Bronchiectasis: Understanding symptoms in MAC & Bronchiectasis

John this site is a treasure trove. If one had to shell out cash for all the info available here it would be a fortune. Don

Thu, Feb 13 1:56pm · Bronchiectasis: Understanding symptoms in MAC & Bronchiectasis

Hey Lindsey, glad you asked about NTM.