Hi there! Oh no worries, I understand So glad to hear from you again, and glad to hear you are feeling good besides from the occasional pain and the wheezing, hope you can have some clarity in that matter after your meeting with your cardio.
And I got news I had my catheter closure this Wednesday the 18th actually! I got a call in December and they told me their waiting list weren't too long at the moment so if I wanted to, my closure could be scheduled earlier than February, so I had an appointment the 18th. My closure went great! Very smooth and without any operative complications, my hole was finally measured to be 19 mm and they used a 20 mm Amplatzer device to close it. I was discharged from hospital the day after since my day after X-ray and ECO looked great.
My surgeon told me the device is in perfect place and my heart size has already shrunked in size, and no fluid build up around the heart or anything strange so far.
I'm so happy to have it over with and done I feel like I can breathe better, still have some chest pains here and there but I think it's anxiety as well, since the paint went away when they gave me calming meds. Now I notice that I'm very tired and a bit naseous, but maybe not so strange since I'm only 3 days post-closure
He put me on blood thinners for 6-12 months and I will have follow up ECOs here at my home hospital with my cardiologist. They will give me a call when it's time for check-up but he told me if I have questions and want a ECO done at anytime if I'm worried about something I can give my cardiologist a call and he sets me up for a ECO.
So summary, breathing is a lot better (not 100% yet, but I think I'll get there), my worst palps and extra heart beats has settled A LOT, I only have a few rapid beats here and there wich he told me is perfectly normal as the heart is healing and adjusting, still some chest discomfort and some pain (wich I now believe is mostly anxiety in my case), still very tired and dizzy but it's better than it was like when I woke up from being under anesthesia (wich went great, I actually really enjoyed being under general antesthesia haha, it felt so calm...no anxiety when they put me to sleep at all). Now I just hope it'll get better and better as the days and weeks goes by..he told me I'm allowed to start exercising 1 week after closure, but I think I'll start easy with walks etc and then speed it up as I feel better, but not go all in immediately hehe