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Saturday, 10 March 2018


Some bedside reading for a better understanding of your fib. I don't know if your photography escapades qualify for "too much exercise" :) ...but non the less you will leave knowing your not alone and the future is not all gloom...knowing soothes the anxieties...


Am so glad to check into the blog today and find you home and doing better.

I've been reading your blog for several years now and try to never miss a day. Some of my favorite people are those I haven't even met, (I know there's a joke in there somewhere, but let it go).

Get well soon and we will wait breathlessly for you to regal us with more of the adventure.

(I'm having knee surgery this Thursday. I hope when I wake up I see a lot of male nurse's at the foot of my bed.)


OK, so, there, was that so hard?

But really, like I said earlier, it will all be over soon and you'll be spreading the word on writing with light.

take care (I mean it literally)

Good to hear you are back home. Rest up and get better...

I recently had to learn the meaning of 'ectopic heartbeats', ECGs, atrial fibrillation (thankfully absent), beta blockers, statins, MRIs', blood flow, cholesterol plaques, unexplained dizziness, tinnitus and ALL THAT JAZZ ... and believe me, it's all a real test of one's patience and ability to maintain level flight, emotionally speaking. But you end up being fatalistic, and adopting the Churchillian motto: 'Keep buggering on ...', while trying not to dwell too much on the financial cost of every damn visit to a specialist. Getting off sleeping pills is a bit of a problem.

Re typeing ....

A while agomMike it was common to do the angiogram from the femoral artery at the top of the thigh .... so then the writing ban would not be relevant.
None the less caution is good as you could get horrible bruising in the leg if you didnt stick to the rules. I put gentle prssure on my puncture site for 10 minutes having seen the problem in others!

Trust you have had a good night!

I just saw this Mike.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery and many uneventful years going forward. I pray A-fib is nothing more than a minor nuisance, but hope it does not do so, at all.

Be well.

We at the TOP readership will gladly take a long break from expecting posts from you. We expect you to get well, instead.

PS: You deserve some kind of medal for taking the trouble to take, and then post, that photograph.

PPS: Many many kind women grace your future.

Mike, let me join the chorus of fans rejoicing that you're OK and saying "phew! close one!"

Please take care of yourself, and I, for one, can survive for a week without reading TOP while you recover. I've heard that there are other websites on the internets, and now might be a good time to find out if that rumour is true.

Take your meds, rest, stop the damn typing, and let anyone who wants to shower you with love and care do so.

We'll all be here when you're fit to return.

Hello Mike,

Glad that you received the medical attention that you needed and are back home and recuperating.

Best wishes,

It's very good to have you back, Mike.

Mike listen to that doctor and stop typing. We can all hang out for a while while you focus on that. Get well soon.

My Grandfather had suffered and survived a heart attack in his late 70's.I was in my teens. When we visited him in the hospital and asked how he was doing he replied,"I was feeling bad and now I took a turn for the nurse". Feel free to use that one, I know he got it from someone else.

Be well and Namaste.


Get well. Don't type. Sit on your hands. I need my daily Mike dose but not at the risk of your health.

My wife is a nurse, ran an ICU/CCU for a while. She would read you the riot act for not following drs orders.

Scary stuff! All the best Michael, stay safe. Wish I lived closer, I'd drop by with a care package.

I have a slightly different but related heart problem, PVC (premature ventricular contraction). My ticker will spontaneously stop and start like a car engine with a couple of bad spark plugs. I take a pill and avoid caffeine and that seems to do the trick.

My uncle had a-fib due to rheumatic fever he got while he was in the army during WWII. He got a discharge and a small disability pension, and lived to 85.

Your new-ish Mac has built-in speech-to-text dictation software, but you may already have figured that out.

I'm sure my response to the nurse you first called would have been the same. And I'd probably add, "What a bother!"

As you can see, a world-wide web of folks are relieved that you heeded that advice.

I hope you heal quickly and get your ticker timing into a regular rhythm.

Glad to hear you are at home and feeling better. Take it easy Mike.

Hi Mike,
Like everyone else that has posted, I am very happy that you are doing better. Even though we have never met, because of your writing and TOP, I think of you as a good friend. I really don’t have enough good friends as it is. So, please take care of yourself, do what the doctor said and don’t type.

Mike, you have my sympathy in this situation. However, it's also important to realise that atrial fibrillation is not a big deal and you should not think of yourself as being ill.

I had an episode a bit like yours in 2012 - though without the ambulance - but once my cardiologist and I had identified a suitable drug regime (bisoprolol + flecainide) the fibrillation has never recurred. I now also take an anticoagulant (dabigatran) to further reduce stroke risk.

Forget the stents and bypasses mentioned by other commenters - these have nothing to do with atrial fibrillation - and avoid offers of surgery to "fix" the problem. You mustn't forget to take your medication, but otherwise this episode will soon be a distant memory.

Don't think this gets you off the hook. Many here aren't finished with you just yet (and hope never to be).

Mike, you have been a part of my day for more than a decade now. It was sad and worrying to know that you were in danger.

I'm very glad that all came well and your chances to continue living a good life are high.

Take care and keep having fun.

nice to read that you are ok. i wish you quick recovery. sometimes the emergency room is the lucky start for lifesaving medical treatment. my father suffered a little stroke and now 10 years later there is no deterioration in his health because he is taking medication for diabetes type 2, high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Glad you are better and back at home and that you have a problem that can be managed without surgery. As they say, it could always have been worse. My husband had an angiogram last year, and they found all arteries blocked and booked him for bypass surgery. The surgery and long recovery that followed blighted our spring last year, but he is fully mended now. Wishing you all the best.

Mike, maybe we shouldn’t be writing and giving you more work! But of course we care and want you to know. A close friend was fitted with a pacemaker a couple of years ago. Like yours her heart is ok but was not firing correctly. I call it a software issue as opposed to hardware.

Get well soon Mike


Wishing you well, Mike. I've been living with a-fib for a couple of decades now, after several ablation procedures and a series of meds worked for awhile and eventually didn't. I just take an aspirin a day to help prevent clots and manage a pretty active life running on four cylinders instead of six (or some similar analogy).

I looked all over your site for a PO box or something so I could send an actual card, but I could not find your mailing address. So a comment it is. Here’s wishing you a swift and thorough recovery.

Right. Just another excuse for NOT finishing the long promised but yet to be delivered Baker’s Dozen! (Tongue firmly in cheek there, just in case someone doesn’t get it.)

So glad to hear my favorite blogger is home and on the mend. Like many of my fellow TOP readers, I have a-fib as well (another correlation to ponder!). The docs actually did the electrical cardio-conversion as a procedure over two decades ago. Interesting experience.

As others have said, follow the doctors’ orders. We will wait patiently for your recovery. Look how long we’ve waited for that Baker’s Dozen you’ve been promising!

Good health to you, Mike. You're dependably one of the best parts of my online day. And my hat's off to you for being able to compose such a brave and breezy entry as "Time Out" while experiencing those symptoms. You're a real mensch, for sure!

Thank You for all your wonderful posts, happy to hear you are OK, take care of yourself!


Sorry about the slow reply to everything. I was on a photo workshop and didn't have good internet access until today. I'm glad to hear that things are on the upswing and I hope recuperation is speedy for you. In the meantime, I'll enjoy the one handed posts as I know you're more capable with one hand than most bloggers with two!

Take care and speedy recovery!

Chris May
Puebblo, CO

Mike, we'll still be here for you when you're back to strength.

KBO - as my Dad used to say, but he rendered it 'Keep Bashing On'.

But not on the keyboard please, not until you're allowed!

Wah! Feel better! And actually follow Doctor’s orders, as hardly anyone ever does.

Sounds scary to me. Glad you're well now!

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