Interview with my Grandma
How does a-fib affect your daily life?
Before the pacemaker I had daily symptoms and difficulties, my a-fib would flare up at random times. Now I only have it flare up a few times a month, very seldom and with less symptoms present. I have to be monitored 2 times a year and get blood work occasionally.
What is the biggest challenge of living with a-fib?
Having to give up activities and sports, like softball and basketball. I have to lay down and relax sometimes so it doesn’t get too bad, which I don’t like because it isn’t really in my nature to have to go easy.
How often do you have symptoms?
Not very often now that I have the pacemaker, but every once in a while I can feel my heart skip a beet or get too fast. I’ve gotten really good at telling when things aren’t quite right. Except when I’m sleeping there are times it will happen and I just sleep right through my pulse going way too fast.
How are you managing your symptoms?
The pacemaker does a majority of it but I use medication too. A blood thinner (warfarin), and I took a beta blocker for a long time (sotalol), now I normally just lay down and put my legs up and try to keep calm.
How often do you see a doctor related to a-fib?
Only if there is an emergency, most the time I self monitor my pulse and blood pressure and coumadin levels. I have to go in every couple months to check my coumadin.
What seems to make your symptoms better? Worse?
Laying down relaxing, the medicine too of course. Nothing that I know of, exercise makes me tired of course, but it pops up randomly at all times not because of certain things.
Have I made you sea sick yet? :)