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Posted by SMITTY on 2013-03-13 17:00. 8 comments. 350 reads
 
I have posted a new picture. I'm about 60 lbs. lighter than I was in the last one I posted and I was afraid those of you I see on the street sometimes wouldn't recognize me.

Smitty

Posted by deaconsmommy on 2013-03-05 16:53. 2 comments. 333 reads
 
I'm wanting to get a medical bracelet tattoo on my right hand...how long after receiving device would it be safe to get it

Posted by jeanlancour on 2013-03-05 16:13. 0 comments. 258 reads
 
Had my second round of Botox for chronic migraines, Doc told me one of the side affects is nerve pains in odd places. Well yesterday I started having that sharp zing down the inside of my left arm it was pulsing with my heart beat, yes I checked it , about an hour later did it again, made my arm twich. If he hadn't warned me I would have been to the ER. wounder if Botox has an effect on bodies electrical system? At this point still have migraine but once it kicks in will be clear for 6 to 8 weeks it is glory. My PM is my little wonder, no matter what it keeps pacing along. Have had it tweaked about 4 times, can't go in with a migraine, did once and agreed to whatever they said, when my head cleared and i tried do do stuff I was in trouble...


Posted by DOG72 on 2013-03-04 20:08. 1 comments. 244 reads
 
I JUST HAD MINE DONE LAST FRIDAY AND I FEEL PRETTY GOOD, YOU ARE YOUNG AND YOU WILL HEAL , I,M 87 AND HAVE LOTS OF PLANS, SO DON,T YOU WORRY ,YOU WILL BE OUT THERE PLAYING SOON,, GOD SPEED ELLE

Posted by DOG72 on 2013-03-04 20:01. 3 comments. 259 reads
 
WELL I JUST HAD MY PACEMAKER INSTALLED AND FEELING O K .. HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE NO COMPLICATIONS. IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD KNOW AT THIS POINT?

Posted by dltrent on 2013-03-04 16:55. 3 comments. 344 reads
 
I have 7 tats that ive gotten over the past 20 some off years. I am now looking at getting a tattoo on my inner left arm. I was wondering what you all thought of this...is not on or near the pacemaker and I wouldnt put it anywhere on my chest..again on my inner left arm?

thanks for the input

Posted by jfullerton on 2013-02-28 10:10. 1 comments. 252 reads
 
My 31 year old son has a PM (5 years ago) and after a lethal arrythmia in 2012 now has a ICD inplant. He is no longer able to work as a carpenter/home renovator and has been in out of hospital 3-4 times each year for further ablations for the past 6 years, surgically repostioning of pacemaker and wires that have come through the skin due to the physical job. He is thinking about taking a course for using heavy equipment and possibly driving a small bobcat or forklift - but I question all the vibrations of heavy equipment. He is due for more ablations as icd has gone off unneccesarily.
Any members have any career suggestions for someone in this position. Anyone had a similar situation and been able to find some sort of work?

Posted by trknut379 on 2013-02-26 06:00. 2 comments. 213 reads
 
Are there any other Nebraskans in here ?

Posted by ECrawford on 2013-02-20 16:41. 16 comments. 791 reads
 
I have had fainting episodes for a few years now. Before I pass out I can feel my heart slow down quite dramatically. These episodes are becoming more frequent and I'm not sure if its because the condition is worsening or if my freaking out about it is making it more severe.

Anyway, my doctor signed me up for the tilt table test, and after the nitroglycerin spray I passed out quite quickly. The test showed that my heart rate and blood pressure dropped at exactly the same time. My heart rate dropped to 20 bpm, my blood pressure was 45/0.

My doctor has told me that as I am only 25 years old he doesn't want to give me a pacemaker, and he also doesn't want to give me drugs that constantly increase my heart rate or blood ...


Posted by freddyv on 2013-02-13 20:11. 4 comments. 404 reads
 
has anyone gotten drunk since they recieved there pacemaker I was told that if I do I can pass out is that true? or is it just that my DR is anti alcahol LOL


Posted by DOG72 on 2013-02-13 12:55. 0 comments. 180 reads
 
Hi Hope, thanks for that nice welcome it will be done Mar. 1, getting anxious,Will let you know how it turned out, Stay Well, Elle

Posted by DOG72 on 2013-02-13 06:10. 7 comments. 302 reads
 
what is An I.P..I would like to know what all the initials mean..Elle

Posted by DOG72 on 2013-02-13 05:59. 2 comments. 211 reads
 
Nice to hear from you.Had no idea the lifespan of a pacemaker is about 10 years..Well i,m having mine done March 1st. after listening to everyone i,m becoming more confident, i,m anxious to be going back to my sailing and all my other activities with out getting too tired.. Stay well, Elle

Posted by DOG72 on 2013-02-12 20:57. 0 comments. 182 reads
 
My goodness ,your so young to have this. you sound braver than me, thank you , wish you the best Elle

Posted by Cattyte on 2013-02-12 19:47. 0 comments. 176 reads
 
Thanks for the advise, really nervous and trying to get use to this, appreciate the support

Posted by DOG72 on 2013-02-12 09:50. 1 comments. 205 reads
 
Hi Terry, thanks for your message and support, i,m schedule for surgery Mar. 1st..a little nervous, just hoping there are no complications, and also more energy, have a great day ,, i,m in florida and the weather is spectacular and hope it,s great where you are. my best ,Elle

Posted by DOG72 on 2013-02-12 09:38. 0 comments. 172 reads
 
Hi Smitty, thanks for all the wonderful support you have given me. I,m beginning to ease up on the surgery. i,m schedule for march 1st...and hopefully i will have more energy to do the things i love to do like sailing and gardening. my best to you Smitty,, Elle

Posted by DOG72 on 2013-02-11 06:52. 5 comments. 270 reads
 
hi everyone, i will be joining you all .today is Dr. visit and will schedule my surgery . a bit nervous. love to hear from you, have a great day, elle

Posted by pabrown on 2013-02-02 11:50. 4 comments. 349 reads
 
Hello my name is Pat, as I am new to having a pacemaker and this club, thank you all for sharing, Wow we really are a club. I had my pacemaker surgery on 11-29-12, I had been on heart medication for the last year because of afib, had severe reaction to cardizem, allergic to all antihistimine, all neosporins and wine, and over the year on different heart medication to the point of almost not being able to work and do my job, but with Strength from God and a strong will I am doing well. I had the cardio conversion on 10-16-12 for afib heart jumped right back to afib 130 to 150, on Nov 29 had the pacemaker just installed with another heart medication, went back to Dr for ck, says we have to do A V Node ablation which was done on 1-23-13. I am...


Posted by Happycamper on 2013-01-14 10:53. 4 comments. 268 reads
 
Good morning-
I was happy to see there is a 'club' for pacemaker patients.
I have browsed through the site. I am hoping someone could help me with a decision I have to make.
I am 44 years old and had my PM implanted in 2010 because my HR was around 20ish. When it was first implanted, my PM was used around 80% of the time. Then it was used less and less every time I had to check. Last time was 6 months ago and it was used 13% of the time which I have to assume was when I was sleeping.
With that being said, I have a HUGE deductible, $4,000 a year. I get my PM checked every 6 months since I am so young and in good health. Since my PM is being used to infrequently and my deductible is so high, I am considering having ...




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