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    [Weekend in the Hospital]

    Author: Heather I. (65.247.157.---)

    Date: 09-30-02 16:01

    I spent the weekend in the hosp. By Fri. afternoon I wasn't able to walk across the room without feeling faint, naseus (sp?), and SOB. In the ER they found my HR to be around 130 and confirmed that I had bronchitis. My chest x-ray looked good. No fluid build up or anything. So, I was happy with that, fearing that I had gone into heart failure or something. They gave me IV cardizem again to slow my rate. So, I asked my local dr. here to put me on it since I seemed to respond well to it. He agreed. Took me off of the Procardia XL 30mg. once a day and put me on Cardizem CD (?) 180mg. once a day. He also said to continue my 40mg. of Corgard at night and take 20mg. in the morning. So far so good. Dr. Blake in ABQ said if I still hadn't converted from a-fib by next week, they wanted to do a esophageal echo and cardioversion there at the NMHI. So, fun, fun......I feel good today though... Trying to still take it easy though.

    I have talked with my DH and we have decided I need to see a specialist so as of right now, just trying to decide where to go. I need to get an appt. made, because who knows when I can get in. I'm leaning toward TUFTS in Boston or Dr. Lever at the Cleveland Clinic. Lisa says I need to go somewhere with a strong EP dept.

    Heather

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    [another consideration]

    Author: Heather I. (65.247.157.---)

    Date: 09-30-02 16:12

    I'm also considering the Mayo clinic in Rochester, MN. I don't really think it matters where I go, as Lisa said, I'm taking a plane ride.......So, it's not really about distance. What about flying with a-fib? Hopefully if I have the cardioversion done next week I will still be in NSR. So, much thanks to everyone who has written me about their experiences and well wishes. Special thanks to Sarah, Lisa, and Amelia in trying to help me with my decisions. I'm such a poor decision maker. Guess I'd better get on the ball...........

    Heather

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    [Re: another consideration]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (208.47.172.---)

    Date: 09-30-02 16:17

    Heather... do not sell yourself short! You made the decision to take charge of your own health! Smart decision if you ask me!!

    Take care!

    Lisa

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    [Re: another consideration]

    Author: Sarah B--Board Moderator (---.client.attbi.com)

    Date: 09-30-02 16:54

    Dear Heather,

    Flying with afib is not a problem --I do it all the time! However, be aware of how much walking you can do and determine if you will need a wheelchair from the curb to the gate at the airport. I get one when I'm in afib since otherwise I'm just exhausted and miserable --plus you get through security faster (usually) and board first --whoohoo!!!

    You did say you were on coumadin, right?

    Not that you'll have the same experience, but my local hospital botched my TEE so badly I couldn't talk for almost 2 days AND they drugged me so much I lost a whole day. When I went to the Mayo, the TEEs I had there were as if nothing had happened at all --I truly couldn't tell I had had the test done and I was only out for an hour. (Not a local anesthetic, but enough drugs to make you oblivious).

    Hey, if all things are equal --call them each and see who can take you the soonest and pick that one!

    Good luck

    Sarah

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    [Re: another consideration]

    Author: Amelia Haynes (---.proxy.aol.com)

    Date: 09-30-02 19:45

    Heather, I had a TEE here at Greater SW Medical Center - actually Parkland Hospital, last year with no problem. I will admit I was scared to death but one of the doctors held my hand and talked me right through it. I will love her forever. Whatever your decision please know that I am here to be of any assistance I can. I think you and Chris will just have to consider each location and the resources available there. Have you called Dr. Lever's secretary yet? I think a determining factor is how soon any of the doctors can see you. Another thing you might want to consider is the cost and method of transportation to your hotel once you get to your arrival destination. When we were in Cleveland my husband overheard a conversation between two people concerning air transportation furnished by commercial pilots using private planes to assist in getting emergency transportation to their destination. Anyone else know of this?

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    [Re: another consideration]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 10-03-02 07:02

    Hi Amelia! just for the record and so you all know Amelia is one of the sweetest people I have ever met! So you will all forgive me when I pop in to give her special messages!

    There are some programs with the airlines I do not know much about them... Amelia didnt your friend know something about that?? There are private programs available these are normally for seriously ill children. - When I have a chance I will look up some info and get it on the site.

    Best to all!

    Lisa

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    [Re: another consideration]

    Author: Reenie Smith (---.snbrca.adelphia.net)

    Date: 10-03-02 12:10

    Hi. I think this might be what you're looking for.

    http://www.mercymedical.org/
    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.

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