After a torrid few weeks struggling with a persistent cold, I received a real boost today. Today was my appointment with Dr A Hogarth at LGI, about a year and a month after he performed a cardiac ablation to treat my irratic heartbeat.
When I saw a very young man enter the office, I thought for a moment that I was being fobbed off with a Junior but a few moments later the man himself popped his head round the door and invited me in. It was a low-key appointment; a chat really and I didn’t even need to go for an ECG! Since the operation, I’ve had no problem with my heart at all; in fact as I told the good doctor I’ve not had a single heartbeat out of place. He said to the student “there you go; it works!” He went on to say that from people who go one year without problems, 75% will stay that way. If in the future it ever came back then they can do the procedure again, which isn’t as daunting as it was originally but not that attractive, so I rather hope it’s cured for good! The Doctor is optimistic and so he discharged me.
Although things haven’t really changed since yesterday, I do feel like this is an important milestone and I can move on. I need to pick up my marathon training now because I still have to achieve my 100 miles in February and I’ve only done 3.5 miles to date! But if I follow my training programme then I shall achieve 100.5 so I’m still on target (just).
As for Dr.Hogarth and his team, I owe them a massive vote of thanks. He was delighted that I am running the London Martathon for the British Heart Foundation and I hope we can raise some money so many more people can be successfully treated for heart conditions like me!