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Posted by Hot Heart on 2013-08-29 16:35. 5 comments. 395 reads
 
Hi fellow pacers. I've not been in here for a very long time. Been so busy for the past 12 months I forgot I had a pacemaker and forgot about this wonderful club. In the early days of pacing I really do not know what I would have done without the support, friendship and information I got from this group, and now feel somewhat guilty that I've not logged in for so long. I've had an amazing year, my daughter got married in Malta, about 80 of us went out, had a lovely church wedding followed by a dip in the sea off a yacht and an evening reception in a castle, had the most wonderful time. In May I was 60 and my husband and kids organised a road trip to the States and Canada, they all came as well; we did NY, Onset Beach, Niagra, Ingersol...


Posted by pacergirl on 2013-08-28 22:26. 8 comments. 1209 reads
 
Wow, whomever said that middle age was going to be nice well they were certainly wrong in my case.

I have been feeling quite tired for the last couple of months. I think that I even mentioned it here. I had a full cardio check-up with the Cardiologist on July 8th and everything that the Doc checked was right on the mark. Pacemaker doing it's job and no new problems to deal with. However I was still so very tired. My legs hurt, my muscles hurt, I can't sleep and to top it off I just burst into tears while driving for no apparent reason! I am exhausted. I can't sleep, I can't work out, and I couldn't figure out why. I made an appointment with the PCM and he explained that I was overweight and needed to power walk and get my he...


Posted by jorawarrachel on 2013-08-16 17:49. 6 comments. 558 reads
 
Hello, My name is Rachel Jorawar. I'm 18 years old, at the age of 16 I was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, I've had it all my life but no one knew. one day I was walking with my friend, next
minute I'm on the ground. next day the doctors at st Joseph hospital tell me that I have a huge hole in my heart and other problems, so they sent me to at Christopher's in Philadelphia where they tried to close the hole but it was unsuccessful, my mom didn't want to tell me right away that I needed a heart transplant but she managed to tell me. my friends and I were torn. for the mean time the surgeons at hahnemann hospital implant a diffibilator. I applied for a heart transplant there but was denied, they said I was fine. so I started ...


Posted by kmom on 2013-08-13 14:03. 7 comments. 324 reads
 
Hey just wanted to let you all know that I found another job where I don't have to stand on feet all day -- pays more too. I am stoked!!

Posted by Fiki on 2013-08-12 20:14. 9 comments. 474 reads
 
A big NO NO.. I learned the hard way that alcohol and heart disease dont go together.. I had my first drink when i was 14.. It was a beer.. and even though knowing my condition i got into it.. On my 16th birthday i got drunk for the first time.. by age 18 i was an " experienced" drinker.. gobbling down on a bottle of brandy.. piece of cake.. but now when im 19.. i have been alchol free for 2 months after something suddenly told me in my head STOP !.. so i did.. I feel much more refreshed and i have a lot more energy..my heart used to skip beats and i had a few shocks which i am now sure 100% were results of too much booze !!! So dont try to be a hot shot by getting drunk.. It is not worth it.. even if you are healthy avoid alchol.. a casua...


Posted by pacergirl on 2013-08-03 17:55. 3 comments. 447 reads
 
Wow, how fast a year can go by! At one time I was a very busy poster and reader. Then life became very rough for me. :( My Father died of COPD. I was devastated. I'm a Daddy's girl... and I shall remain so even now that my Dad is gone. It has been an awful year. I will spare you details but just let me say this... My marriage also went through some life changing events. We are through counseling now for over 6 months and have been able to overcome some "issues". Then, my Mom decided she was done living, so after a lot of work she is emotionally stable now. Last week our daughter got married and it was a very emotional event for all of us considering the empty seat next to my Mom. I had a meeting with the office staff at my cardiolog...


Posted by Pookie on 2013-07-27 19:08. 0 comments. 280 reads
 
How are you doing now?????????

What did the doctors say about the pus coming from your incision and the redness???

How do you feel?????

Would love to hear from you so we know you are okay:)

Pookie


Posted by Pookie on 2013-07-27 17:39. 5 comments. 618 reads
 
I know death is gonna happen; we can't live forever, but since I have joined this group I have lost DairyPrincess one week before we were to meet in Minnesota. Then there was the gentleman of all gentlemen - Peter Nash (who nominated me for the Newsletter in 2009). Then the one & only Electric Frank who will always be in everyone's thoughts probably forever and my dear dear friend Billie (Blue Australia).

I (as well as many others here) had relationships with each of them, unique in every way, but I miss Frank so much because we corresponded a couple of times per week; the same with Billie - she & I got to become extremely close and I still cry when I think of her plans to come to Canada to see Jessie and I.

I gue...


Posted by kmom on 2013-07-27 15:59. 5 comments. 305 reads
 
Just wanted to let you all know that I changed my profile name from wantanewlife to kmom. just so you all know i'm same person.
Thanks

Posted by Jay4 on 2013-07-04 09:11. 7 comments. 365 reads
 
To all you good people out there, a friendly shout out and HAPPY 4th. I am going on 7 months with my ICD, and have since returned from a tour in Korea (GO Army). It was nerve racking taking my first flight since having the surgery (in a Korean hospital), To all of you who have in boxed me and guided me through my troubling times of having the surgery thanks for everything. Approximately one year and counting until my retirement from the Army and I get to be a Civilian.
One question, pat down, or go through the detector at airports? I opted for the pat down on first flight, and will opt for pat down on the flight tomorrow. God bless and Happy 4th.

Jay

Posted by TraceyE on 2013-07-02 17:29. 1 comments. 346 reads
 
You show up again! You show up again! No more lurking for you.

Posted by tha gator on 2013-06-29 10:49. 9 comments. 588 reads
 
hey pacers
i am up , feeling good and having some coffee. but bored out of my mind, will be another week before i can drive or work,,stuck at home for the third week. i have named all the birds that are nesting in the ferns hanging on the porch, and have actually watched grass grow, will try to find a new interest for today and will let you guys know----lol
Gator

Posted by donr on 2013-06-28 01:10. 2 comments. 332 reads
 
I have had several people send me a Pvt Msg asking if I was back in the hosp or worse (like maybe the bear got me! no such luck!).

I've been here every day, but since the day we lost the site's functionality, the list of members on line has refused to recognize me & put me on the list, but I have been writing comments & stirring up trouble behind the scenes.

Cheers to all!

Don

Posted by janetinak on 2013-06-26 02:13. 4 comments. 268 reads
 
I went to my Ortho today for check-up on my 11 yr old Total Knee Replacements (Dr likes to x-ray every 2 years for wear). And he said they were perfect & to continue what I was doing which is pool exercises 5 days/wk. I know that several on this site have a PM & one or more joint replacements. Other good news is that Dr says that their practice is seeing replacements lasting up to 30 yrs. That was a nice surprise. As I don't want tp do any more surgery except change-out of my PM.

Janet

Posted by donr on 2013-06-24 21:18. 13 comments. 505 reads
 
Well, he's been back - several times Last night he surprised Wife when she went out to the car to get something she had forgotten. I watched her through her front window as she walked up as far as the right front fender, then saw her start running. I looked out the side window & saw The Bear (apologies to William Faulkner) running toward the front of the house. She got to the door before the bear got anywhere near where she was. Then we discovered that he had lifted the big plastic lid off the access cover to our septic tank. (Remember that we live in the woods so do not have community sewage service.)

He got to the front of the house & ambled up to the front door to leave another nose print on the glass.

Today ...


Posted by ford truck guy on 2013-06-23 22:42. 2 comments. 282 reads
 
Well , I finally had to show my Medtronics PM card after 7 months!! What's funny is I have flown 6-7 times and when asked to go into the other machine I state I have a PM.. No problems... Yet this weekend entering Kings Dominion Amusement park I had to go through those machines...I stated that I have a PM... State police came over and escorted me to the far end... Asked for my proof... Don't get me wrong , I was thrilled at the security ,,until I think about all my flights ??? Joe

Posted by hudsonriver on 2013-06-20 20:54. 4 comments. 586 reads
 
Into my 5th week after the implantation of my first crt pacemaker. After discussing my job duties with my EP, she told me after 6 - 8 weeks of recovery i ought to be able to perform my job as well as i did before the pacemaker. Knowing that there's always the possibility of unforeseen complications and losing even more time from work, i reported my medical procedure to my union in the hopes of freezing my health coverage just in case. The union then sent me to one of their doctors to confirm my claim. I was half expecting that maybe he'd tell me 8 weeks was too long of a recovery time. Instead he told me i won't be able to work at all. I started telling him how both my cardiologist & EP said i'd be able to return to work with no limitation...


Posted by donr on 2013-06-14 08:51. 16 comments. 695 reads
 
We live in the foothills of the Appalachians near the southern end of the Trail - kinda out in the woods in North Georgia (Nawth Jawja phonetically to 'yankees).

Black bears are coming back & we have had a mature adult male trekking through out yard lately. Bent the wrought iron pole holding up our bird feeder. Carried away a bag of garbage into the woods & we have not seen it since. Hope he liked eating empty milk cartons!

This past Mon, I looked out the 2nd floor window & saw him nosing around the now nearly grounded bird feeder. Grabbed the camera & got several shots of him wandering around the front yard.

Noticed he was now wandering toward the front dor, so hustled my bod downstairs just in time to ...


Posted by jorawarrachel on 2013-06-06 06:03. 7 comments. 379 reads
 
I haven't posted in a whole year but in that whole year that has pasted I've gotten my heart transplant in September ! :D 9/21/12


and I'm 8 months post transplant.


thanks to everyone who supported me on my journey, it's greatly appreciated.

Posted by TraceyE on 2013-06-02 19:12. 3 comments. 300 reads
 
I went through and deleted a bunch of duplicate posts, so if you see it says 5 comments but you only see 3 when you click on it to view them, that's why. No gremlins, just an ocd moderator :oP



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