Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ablation Follow Up and Shoes

Today was my three month follow-up after April's ablation.  When research is done on the outcomes of various ablation techniques, the first 6 to 12 weeks are tossed out in a "blanking period."  So, I'm out of the blanking period, anything that happens now is significant.  In the last 90 days, I have had zip, zero, nada, niente events.  The EP I saw today was pleased about the fact that I haven't had any activity since the the surgery.  The procedure is 80% successful.  If you make it for 12 months with no arrhythnias, the odds go up to a 95% chance of success.  So, at this point I am free to eat chocolate, exceed 130 beats per minutes while riding, and start suffering on the climbs.  Yee hah!  One side effect of the procedure is that my resting heart rate has gone from 52 to 64.  It's actually a good thing since it indicates that the ablation has changed the way my heart works.  It's very common and nothing to worry about. 
The mountain was out today.  None of my pictures were any good (taken from a moving vehicle with a dirty wind shield) so I stole this from the internet.  This is pretty cool.  The arches foreground are the baseball and football stadia, and those are lenticulars on top of the mountain.

In other news, four pairs of shoes have arrived at the bus.  Two of them are definitely possible keepers.  As of this moment, I am leaning towards the pair on the left.

Jim also received a pair of shoes, which he will hoard.  He got a pair of La Sportivas at REI and likes them so much, we bought another pair on Zappos.  Have you tried Zappos?  Free shipping, free returns.  Order one of everything, then drop the unloved shoes off at UPS.  So much better than going to the store.


  1. Great to hear that all is going well with your heart. Exciting for you to get back to "normal."

    Shoes are such a pain!! Glad you located something that you like.

  2. Great news on the ablation! I bet you're excited about getting back into high gear on the bike!