the procedure for ongoing congenital sinus node dysfunction (a form of heart disease), didn't go as planned, once the dr got into my heart, she realized an ablation wouldn't work. the chambers were larger than appeared on my last echo, there was a lot of scaring, and there was chaotic rhythm coming from many different places. so she ended up doing a different type of ablation called an AV node ablation. this essentially permanently burns off the pathway for the heartbeat, making me 100% pacemaker dependent. this is the last option in treatment, but unfortunately necessary at this point. i'm recovering well, and almost back to own version of normal minus some fatigue.
the weird thing is that the heartbeat still "quivers" but doesn't travel, so she predicts i'll soon be in permanent arrythmia. so it doesn't fix anything, except that my heart rate can no longer go too fast. she said there's a good chance this will be sympomatic for life, perhaps not, it's hard to tell. so just trying to get my head in the right place with all this and will see how this all plays out. they will continue to watch for any more v-fib, in which case i'll need a defibrillator. also i need some changes to my pacemaker... not happy about that since i've only had it a year and a half and not looking forward to another procedure. no timeline on that yet, but need at minimum one more lead placed and perhaps the unit swapped out.
on a brighter note, i'm participating in the exhibit, "flat rate box," at modified arts in phoenix. looks like it'll be a good show, some wonderful phoenix artists are participating. the idea behind the show, is that the artist create work that exceed the box. i liked the idea and created a wall installation. hope to get a shot of the installation soon.
the show opens tomorrow, but i'm not quite up to a big opening downtown yet. i plan to stop by there several times in the next month as i have some follow-up surgery appts in phoenix. so if you're interested in meeting me on roosevelt row, let me know. i also hope to make the first friday reception on jan 5.