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Posted by DANRAINES on 2014-03-29 11:48. 8 comments. 376 reads
 
I had PM installed, went through MEB/PEB and awaiting the percentage rating. Going crazy wanting to apply for employment as I have recieved my "Unfit MEMO". Understand that once I sign my paperwork agreeing to the percentages, I have 90 days to "vacate the army". I have 18 years in service and can't believe I have to go find a "real job". What I am asking is there anyway to get a locked in date with terminal leave, so I can tell the would be employers of a estimated start date?

Posted by jwilder53@comcast.net on 2014-03-26 23:03. 2 comments. 176 reads
 
Just joined this club. i had an ICD Defibulator on Oct 18, 2013. I have not been released to drive yet. When my cardio doctor he stepped down my Amiodarone and Mexiltine meds. On the last day and last dose I was shocked. I had cardiac ablation on 2Jan 2014. Six weeks after the ablation I was taken off those meds again. Five days later I was shocked. I have been back on the full does. After the six weeks I had no V-Tacs. But, last Monday they informed me that I had 5 events which I didn't feel. The primary cardiac doctor cut my Amiodarone in half. I have been released to full activity since early November. But, I still can't drive yet. Anybody respond to my situation?

Posted by knoxvicki@yahoo.com on 2014-03-26 15:42. 4 comments. 246 reads
 
When should I travel with the home monitoring unit?

Posted by kayak.eric on 2014-03-23 16:25. 1 comments. 153 reads
 
I just finished the S-190/S-130 courses and was wondering if anybody has had any experience applying for a spot on a Hotshot crew with an ICD?

I know that I will need doctor approval, but even with that, I feel like it is a longshot. How hard is it to jump through all the hoops and how realistic of a goal is it to be on a hotshot crew?

Physically, I know I am in good enough condition. I am a 22 year old avid kayaker and snowboarder as well as all shorts of other outdoor activities. And as far as the strenuous element of it, one of my jobs this past summer was building hiking trail using the same tools as on a fire line.

Any information would be greatly desired.
Thanks!


Posted by georgeazarmitchell on 2014-03-21 18:09. 2 comments. 267 reads
 
I live in GEORGIA , what restrictions are placed on my driving license ? Also can I still get liability insurance? THANKS FOR YOUR HELP //GAM

Posted by georgeazarmitchell on 2014-03-21 15:44. 2 comments. 161 reads
 
I have a st.jude de-fib device which was implanted a week ago .I am a maxi scooter rider have a 500 ie aprilla maxi scooter .I have heard that the leads on the old st jude devices were bad but they said that that problem was corrected .the thing I'm wondering about is will my device be interfered with by the scooter's motor located under the seat ?I have not decided to continue or give up riding but I am open to suggestions and welcome all.. thank all for answering my recent question regarding the use of power tools .all you answered were very helpful to me .I am in good shape and before the de-fib device was implanted I played basketball one hour a day 7 days a week .I am male 68 years old ..

Posted by ReadingFC on 2014-03-20 07:28. 5 comments. 277 reads
 
Hello Forum,

I was fitting with a PM 3 months after an asystole heart event, it was about 20 seconds, they said it could be caused by heart block or Afib.

I have been on Warfarin for 3 months now, my INR has never gone above 1 and I am now on 12mg per night. 12mg is easy as it is four blues :-)

I been for my first checkup and the PM is working about 40% of the time, and I am due another checkup next month. I hope / think the pacing will have gone down (fingers crossed)

I was interested in peoples opinions on safely stopping warfarin. I mean how many 3 monthly checkups of no AF, should I safely consider asking the doctor about stopping the warfarin.

The reasons I am asking, is because...


Posted by Kaitland on 2014-03-17 15:02. 7 comments. 303 reads
 
I am scheduled on a trip to California with friends 3 weeks and 1 day post surgery. Any comments? Doable or no?

Posted by flutetooter on 2014-03-17 13:56. 3 comments. 161 reads
 
PM implant 5 1/2 weeks ago. Traveled to sunny Florida Sat. No problems. I showed my card; the metal scanner was not begin used; I couldn't hold my left arm above my head yet per doctor's instructions; I got a quick pat down along the ribs only. Quick and easy! In one week I can use my left arm for mild swimming. Great!

Posted by ted34446 on 2014-03-16 14:56. 7 comments. 438 reads
 
Can I trim my shrubs with a pacemaker implanted. I have 2 units one corded and the other is batt job???????????

Posted by grumpygrandad2014 on 2014-03-13 06:55. 1 comments. 136 reads
 
Morning everyone I am having a pacemaker fitted 14 03 14 any advice wellcome

Posted by Gigi200057 on 2014-03-08 07:47. 7 comments. 614 reads
 
Good Morning, I am getting ready to fly to Europe. very happy and excited. I had a Cardiac Arrest and by the grace of God I am here and with a brand new Pacemaker since Nov. 23rd. 2013. I feel great and would like to know about this telephone look alike home monitoring. I have a Cardio Messenger II, and would like to know if I should take it on my trip as well. I called the Dr.s Office and the nurse, with a heavy southern accent said no, but I was wondering, if this products would work well overseas. The key questions is probably, would it make any difference. Anyways hope someone can give me a good advice.
Thanks.
Gigi. :)


Posted by mojo on 2014-02-22 07:28. 4 comments. 197 reads
 
I had my PM fitted 3 weeks ago and I am still in pain, especially at night. Had to have a further dose of antibiotics which helped apart from the HEAVY feeling and pain in my left armpit, my fingers are swollen every morning too. I make a real effort to relax my muscles when the pain is too much. Part of me thinks that I think about it too much, part thinks it is my age (67) but I am getting quite depressed about the recovery period. BTW does anyone else have increased heart rate whilst travelling in a car. Is my pacemaker responding to being bounced around?

Posted by Zapper on 2014-02-21 13:35. 5 comments. 757 reads
 
I just got Merlin@home transmitter for my SJM Anthem programmed as a dual chamber. YOLO friendly suggestion:
To make it work without a landline - plug any USB 2.0 adapter into your Merlin paired with your "n class" wi-Fi router ( that you already use for internet access i.e. 802.11 b/g/n standard ) and you are set. Cost = $35 for life.
Here is where SJM took a BAD FALL on their business model: the corp. can either charge you $16/mo for a cell phone adapter = $1,920 for 10 yrs (avg. batt. Life) or $450 for a "broadband kit" for life. Well, it turned out the kit is only off-the-shelf router and a USB 2.0 adapter - worth $100 retail @ Walmart.com. Nothing proprietary in it. Feeling fleeced and violated with 4.5 x markup!
I am t...


Posted by mojo on 2014-02-05 11:05. 8 comments. 504 reads
 
I live in Leicestershire, England. Having had my pacemaker fitted 1 week ago, and still in a deal of pain, travelling as a passenger in the car is a real problem. I have been sitting behind the driver but if anyone knows of a seatbelt cushion or some sort of adaptation I would love to hear about it.
Maureen

Posted by rver on 2014-01-29 16:07. 2 comments. 201 reads
 
I have had all the tests and seen two different Cardiologists. Both agree I am a candidate for PM. I will have it done the end of Feb. I am a full time RVer and drive my own 32' motorhome. I have been told I will not be able to drive for 2 weeks. I'm wondering what other's may have experienced in this regard? Both as to driving and traveling. Thank you

Posted by Doinmge65 on 2014-01-23 10:24. 2 comments. 274 reads
 
Hi just got a PM installed, I work federal corrections for 20 years and a bit concerned if I will be able to continue my career. Next will my PM set off the metal detector at work I walk through everyday.

Posted by Scott67 on 2014-01-23 05:20. 2 comments. 283 reads
 
Hi, I had a pacemaker fitted in August 2013. I need to obtain travel insurance to travel from Australia to the USA . I am 46 and otherwise fit and healthy. Can any one suggest an Australian insurance company? Cheers .

Posted by Jonny on 2014-01-01 08:37. 5 comments. 334 reads
 
I've spent a month in Asia visiting my son. This was the first time I'd flown since my PM implant in August. Used the convention as suggested by many on here. Preferrably let the person know before the scanner or if no one there (as was the case in Kuala Lumpur) I looked through the scanner at operative and tapped the PM. Everything worked just great in Manchester, Doha, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The most bizarre though was my first pat down at Manchester. Guy called me through and patted me down then asked me to sit on a chair and take my shoes off, which he put through a scanner - then he got a wand and checked the soles of my feet (I just had socks on my feet at this stage). What was all that about?

Posted by Chilliwack on 2013-12-27 23:05. 4 comments. 412 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker for ten years and will receive a new one this summer. My question is how will having the new implant affect my ability to buy travel insurance. My husband and I travel south from Canada to the US for the winter and I am curious if I am going to have trouble getting out of country medical insurance or if there is a waiting period before I will be able to get insurance. I have searched through a number of insurance sites but have been unable to find the answer.
I would appreciate any input.
Thanks



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