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Posted by Cabg Patch on 2014-11-14 11:04. 7 comments. 320 reads
 
I believe in one of Blake's past survey's here, it was established that one of the most frequently asked questions, if not the top one is whether a computer will affect our electronic pocket pals. In fact there's one posted just a couple before this post.

Lately I've noticed that the PaceMaker Club has been having some issues and been down, in fact yesterday I couldn't log into the site.

Suddenly it dawned this morning over coffee...All this time we've been worried about the impact of interference from the computers and net on our devices when in fact it's the internet that's at risk when we are all on-line.

Maybe there should be a warning about too many pacemaker recipients congregating together at one ...


Posted by bstrong on 2014-10-25 08:44. 5 comments. 355 reads
 
== Begin quoted message ==

I am 38 and have had a pacemaker since I was 16. I was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome and was told I needed this pacemaker because my heart rate got into the low forty beats per min when I sleep. I started to try to understand my situation more and some things didn't add up. My pacer was set at 75 beats per min and when he checked it one day I asked what my natural heart rate was. He said 65 and we found out that the sinus node in my heart is working. After doing some research it appears that sick sinus syndrome is not reversible. The dr said that my heart was healthy and I didn't need a pacer anymore. He wouldn't answer any questions and would not discuss whether he thought I ever needed it or not...


Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2014-10-21 16:22. 7 comments. 239 reads
 
Who do you think will win ? SF or KC ?

Posted by pattie on 2014-10-18 01:13. 3 comments. 187 reads
 
Hello im new to all of this and its hit me like a brick!! Ive got tons of questions but I'll start with can i get a tattoo 2-3 weeks in the area area of the pacemaker? And 2nd question, how am i supposed to feel after a pacemaker? Im 47 and i dont know how this happened, one minute im told i have HCM then my cardiologist says i also need a pacemaker..... and my emotions are all over the board!

Posted by Skyking on 2014-09-26 14:05. 0 comments. 187 reads
 
Got an LVAD last month and STILL have my ICD.

Posted by highdesert on 2014-09-22 17:03. 6 comments. 257 reads
 
Just wanted to share a picture of my new friend Max... a 9 week old miniature schnauzer. Stop by the member photo gallery and say hello!! Gary

Posted by genevie94 on 2014-09-21 23:35. 2 comments. 175 reads
 
I've seen many pictures with people getting tattoo near the pacemaker incision. would that be ok?

Posted by jobecky33 on 2014-09-19 20:52. 4 comments. 132 reads
 
Is it the curse of the name...so far I have found 5.

Posted by Cabg Patch on 2014-09-17 12:31. 10 comments. 525 reads
 
How to do this, good bye, so long, farewell, adieu, au voir, Adios, hasta la vista, see you in the hereafter. Yep it's time to wish you all well and go on my way.

Who knows what new adventures lie ahead for me in the nether world? But I will be there when you guys show up. Now some are thinking this morbid and tasteless thing to post, but the fact is I've never been accused of having good taste, well except in the case of my wife of course.

Anyhow, if this offends, please feel free to move on to another posting and stop letting it eat at you, there's enough to worry about in this life. But I did want to take this time to bid farewell to my friends here.

So my friends, all this time, the past 7yrs 7mos and ...


Posted by ricky84 on 2014-09-11 18:52. 5 comments. 233 reads
 
Does anyone know if the solar storm will effect my pacemaker tommarow I'm kinda worried

Posted by KAG on 2014-09-05 22:20. 3 comments. 252 reads
 
So how did your big event go? I went to the HOF website and didn't see any pictures from it.

Hope it went well and you survived it. Looking forward to you being back on this site again.

Missed you.
Kathy

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2014-09-04 12:04. 7 comments. 176 reads
 
I just turned 40 ! ! ! ............. What a life I have lived ! ! ! Thank you God ... Open Heart Surgery at 2 months old (1974) ... Jeremiah 29:11

Posted by Lurch on 2014-08-25 14:42. 5 comments. 204 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. 4 comments. 480 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. 557 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. 445 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. 502 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. 251 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. 415 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. 345 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.



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