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Posted by Lurch on 2014-08-25 14:42. 4 comments. 111 reads
 
Have your named your device?

I figure since it is so much a part of us, we should probably be on a first name basis!

I was considering Filbert, but am not sure yet....

Posted by valley01 on 2014-07-29 17:43. 3 comments. 372 reads
 
I've had 2 different doctors say things to me recently that almost offended me until I realized what they meant was not the way it came out of their mouth and then I laughed. Just wondering what funny things your doctors may have said to you?

1. At a trip to my cardiologist I mentioned that my PM was sticking out and "rubbing" against my skin. He took a look at it and very seriously in his accent said "If you were just a little bit fatter it wouldn't stick out so much." Nice!

2. At a follow up for my adrenal surgery the surgeon's PA came to get me from the waiting room herself as they were short nurses. She stopped at the scale to get my weight. As I stood on the scale I was thinking everything looked really good and ...


Posted by Cabg Patch on 2014-07-17 15:21. 4 comments. 445 reads
 
I survived. As you can tell, my voice is several octaves higher, but that was planned part of the gender relocation surgery. No Ian, you still can't have a date.

I learned a valuable lesson yesterday, for sure. I was my usual charming self earlier this week when finalizing details with the surgeon's staff. They asked a million questions, one of which - what I was having done, and well, you guys know me I had to smart off and tell her a sex change. She shot back an equally flippant response about unless I had my head up my derriere they would be a long way from there.

Anyway, when I got to the clinic and checked in yesterday they were all smirking. Had me sign a bunch of disclaimers and placed a surgical ID on my wris...


Posted by azviking on 2014-07-05 15:25. 6 comments. 364 reads
 
In the post on July 4th Grateful Heart asked to be told of special holidays for other nations.

17 May was the 200 year anniversary of Norway's constitution.

Between 1397 and 1814 Norway was part of the Danish Kingdom. After the Napoleonic Wars - when Denmark was on the side of France - the great powers decided to free Norway from Danish rule and award it to Sweden. Norway established its own constitution on the 17 May. It was not until 1905 that it was able to peacefully disconnect itself from Sweden.

A very poor nation throughout its history the 1800's was a period when many emigrated - to the USA and other nations. In proportion to its population Norway was second to Ireland in folks leaving the cou...


Posted by donr on 2014-07-04 11:54. 11 comments. 395 reads
 
Well, it's that day of the year again when all the Yanks crawl out from under their rocks & hold a raucous Star-Spangled bash of a birthday party - on the WRONG day, of course.

Ah, the Fourth of July. Conjours up all sorts of visions - fireworks celebration, cannon fire as salutes, flags, picnics, barbecues - a general, all-around grand time. Oh, BTW - don't forget the speeches!

We celebrate a major event in the history of the World; but it was really a schmear of events that lasted from about 1775 till September 1789. (The revolt had its first shots fired in 1775; our Constitution was ratified by the last state in Sept 1779.)

For those of you who are not one of us - as well as a whole bunch who are - a ...


Posted by karsch on 2014-07-01 13:26. 1 comments. 149 reads
 
Hello,
I am trying to find some information regarding the use of the Serrapeptase enzyme. I went to my first pacemaker clinic and was told I had permanent silk sutures holding the pacemaker in place. I had been using the product to supposedly help heal wounds and clear scar tissue. My concern is will the enzyme dissolve the stiches ( Serrapeptase is the enzyme silk worms use to dissolve its cocoon) and are the silk sutures definately in place permanently?

Thank you,
Karl

Posted by dentalhygienistneedsyourhelp on 2014-06-25 21:57. 6 comments. 284 reads
 
Hello PaceMakerClub!

I truly am looking for information regarding dental cleaning and the uses of a cavitron during a cleaning.

Dental hygiene schools will always tell us "hygiene students" to never use a cavitron,, I am told over and over by cardiologists that yes a cavitron can be used. (I read yes you can or no you can't....)

A cavitron is a device that sprays water and has a high pitch sound that will helps remove plaque and tartar.

I wanted to ask the pacemaker club directly...I believe all or most of you get you teeth cleaned, what has your cardiologist told you(not what your dental office told you...what did you cardiologist tell you)?

Any insight from you I would appreciate.

Posted by DANRAINES on 2014-06-23 14:08. 7 comments. 270 reads
 
Awesomeness... After 18 years in the ARMY and about a year and a half wait, I have recieved my percentages from VA and the ARMY for my PM. I get 10% and severence pay. They won't let me stay for 20 years and robbing me of my 20 year retirement. Anyone hiring, looks like I need a job before December.

Posted by rhymeandreason@knology.net on 2014-06-18 21:51. 1 comments. 172 reads
 
Be all you can be
And then some more,
Because its only you
That you will adore.

Adore the good times
Along with the bad,
Cause we have help
To keep us from being sad.

So keep your chin up
And your good to go,
Make every moment count
To put on a really big show.
Written by: Jackie H. Caylor

Posted by rchard on 2014-06-17 07:22. 4 comments. 209 reads
 
I was diagnosed with LV cardiomyopathy in April, shortly before my 46th Birthday. I have an EF of 18% and have been building up the dose of medications I have been prescribed, gradually since then.

My resting heart rate prior to taking the meds was in excess of 100/bpm, and is now in the region of 80/bpm on a regular basis. My blood pressure is also within normal range again.

As an added complication I have had re-current DVT's in the past and as such have been taking anticoagulants daily for several years. Despite this it was noticed during scans and the angiogram that I have a 1cm blood clot in the apical of my heart.

My cardiologist is unable to ascertain whether or not I have had a heart attack in ...


Posted by rhymeandreason@knology.net on 2014-06-13 19:19. 0 comments. 121 reads
 
Anyone interested in reading any more of my poetry go to poetry poem.com and look for Jackie Caylor should be some interesting reading. Going for my Cardiac ablation July 11 wish me luck

Posted by donr on 2014-06-06 07:53. 11 comments. 367 reads
 
.....of an event that affected all of the "Western World."

What is becoming a lifetime ago, my family was standing around a very large granite carving in a Munich Park. It was a young German infantryman, laid out on a catafalque in great coat, boots & steel helmet of WW-I. Our younger son, Eric (about 12 or 13) asked me "Dad, what's this memorial about?" The best answer I could generate was "Eric - the losers also mourn their dead." For a 12 yr old, it was apparently correct, because he showed appropriate reverence for the fallen.

Today we collectively reflect on the terrible cost of 6 June 1944 on the beaches of Normandy. That was 70 yrs ago & there are very few of the participants still alive - from any of the...


Posted by DANRAINES on 2014-05-23 01:44. 2 comments. 178 reads
 
June is almost here and soon after near the end of August I will celebrate my 1 year... Am I being over sensitive by saying that my little friend was the best thing to happen to my health in the last 10 years I have been alive?

I truly want to thank you all. Those of you that put up with my ranting on how the VA is taking forever (actually VA is slower than my bradycardia ever was) and how I feel lost and scared.

IAN
DONR
JAY4
TraceyE
and many more of you!!!!

THANKS SO MUCH!

Posted by garydiamond on 2014-05-17 18:31. 4 comments. 543 reads
 
http://www.examiner.com/article/walter-williams-alive-man-wakes-up-body-bag-after-pacemaker-kicks-back-in

Walter Williams is alive today because he kicked his legs inside a body bag as morticians were getting ready to embalm him. That’s right, 78-year-old Williams was just minutes away from the embalming process with workers getting ready to unzip his body bag and put him on the table, according to the Huffington Post on Feb. 28. So what went wrong and how did this happen? How was Williams pronounced dead when he was still alive?

Family members said their good-byes to Walter “Snowball” Williams and watched as the coroner zipped him into a body bag and solemnly whisk his body away. Hours went by when the family g...


Posted by Annafooks on 2014-05-08 16:00. 2 comments. 220 reads
 
Hi guys,

I had a pacemaker fitted back in 2009 and now I'm studying at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. I'm in the 2nd year of my degree and I'm making a piece of choreography on the 'heart'. I was just wondering if any of you would be willing to talk to me about your own personal experience for my research?

Thank you!

Posted by Glyn on 2014-05-08 13:43. 5 comments. 215 reads
 
Always been curious as to the benefits of driving on the left/right, reading a couple of messages today I realise that in terms of having a pacemaker the lefties have it ok if you are driving.

Best wishes to everyone in the club

Glyn

Posted by raiderralph on 2014-04-18 17:18. 2 comments. 199 reads
 
Wishing all my PM and CRT friends a very Happy Easter. I feel blessed and hope that you fell well and stay strong

Posted by gshegedus on 2014-04-13 09:52. 8 comments. 502 reads
 
I've had my ICD for a year due to ventricular tacchycardia. The night I was brought into the ER, the doc told my wife no caffeine or alcohol for me...ever....again....it's toxic.

Haven't had either but it would be nice to have a glass of wine on a holiday or birthday...I'm not talking every night or every week, but on a rare occasion.

Over the last year, the docs have said it would be OK to have a glass on a rare occasion but I am petrified, thinking my heart and ICD will go berserk.

Not asking for a medical opinion, just personal experience and I realize everyone's physiology is different.

I was at a party where the only thing I could drink was water or orange soda. After a liter and a half, I f...


Posted by DANRAINES on 2014-03-29 12:37. 0 comments. 186 reads
 
Someone develop an App for the Pacemaker Club. Complete with chat and message forum support please...

Posted by kennedyg on 2014-03-05 01:05. 5 comments. 450 reads
 
So I'm at a hookah bar and they have non nicotine and non tobacco products that's fine right??




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