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Posted by rainbow2050 on 2014-05-31 12:02. 3 comments. 478 reads
 
Hi all. I am one week old yet in my first PM. I think I am ready to go back to work in a week's time but in limited mobility. However, my work, my life's business actually, are two: TV broadcast station, and cable TV operator. Two which are separate but I used to split my working days visiting both.
Questions:
1) I frequent more in working in the building where the broadcast station is. Am I safe? I do work in another room, but antennas are everywhere, TOC is nearby and we are operating of 3,000 KW.
2) I visit around four cable TV systems, all have what we call Head-Ends which is a closed room with racks of satellites encoders, decoders, transcoders, laser transmitters, not to mention, at least 12 satellite dishes in each...


Posted by magunna51 on 2014-05-27 13:21. 5 comments. 513 reads
 
I am new to this side of PMs. Is there anyone with a PM who is a working RN?

Posted by kcy48 on 2014-05-10 20:55. 3 comments. 438 reads
 
If I go to the mountains (about 6,500 ft.), will that be a problem for my pacemaker?

Posted by cadaverock on 2014-05-05 18:38. 5 comments. 489 reads
 
can someone here please tell me why when i travel while plane is taking up altitude and when i starts to loose altitude why do i feel very weird cannot explain it feel like a change in my body little nausea and i feel like i need to laid down and reclined the seat ,,and also this happens when a car is driving to like a volcano mountain while getting up there once am there i feel fine.

Posted by sueshe1958 on 2014-04-19 06:26. 3 comments. 539 reads
 
I am moving to Spain permanently in a few weeks time. Having just had my Pacemaker fitted 10 weeks ago, I am aware the scar tissue is still fresh, but has anybody any suggestions about the sun and pacemakers, as naturally I can not sit inside all day.

Posted by david0817 on 2014-04-11 17:44. 1 comments. 381 reads
 
I am a union carpenter and one of our applications requires using a pin welder how do you know if its ok to be around or even use

Posted by DANRAINES on 2014-04-10 16:22. 2 comments. 360 reads
 
I don't want to use this site as a place to vent and annoy others with my whinning. I just wish VA could hurry up with whatever it takes to process my claim and let me move on with my life. I am so tired of being told to be patient. I have provided everything they need... I am stuck in the "gathering of evidence" portion according to ebenifits. My apologies, I just think my pacemaker being used more because of the stress of the system... Don't want my battery running down to fast. HAHA!

Posted by danny on 2014-04-09 14:22. 5 comments. 496 reads
 
I had a pacemaker implanted two weeks ago and am getting ready to return to work. I'm a maintenance tech for an apartment complex and I need to know if I can still repair air conditioners. Does anyone know if this will effect my pacemaker.

Posted by Troutfoot on 2014-04-08 13:34. 4 comments. 373 reads
 
Hello all,
I am a healthy and very active (fly fishing guide) 52 yr old male who was blindsided with a pacer.
On 4.2 I had a pacer implanted as a result of a complete bundle branch block due to an ablation while treating a partial bilateral bundle branch block with out any underlying heart conditions or disease.
The complete block left me with two choices, a life time of meds or a pacer, so I took door number 2 the pacer, no looking back now!
As a full time fishing guide I row 8,000-10,000 strokes a day on the oars 200 days a year.
The season has started with out me and the fish are really happy but my clients are not.
My question is when I am off of restrictions on 5.2 I will be jumping in full time o...


Posted by kcy48 on 2014-04-05 15:19. 4 comments. 397 reads
 
We are planning a trip. What elevation might be dangerous for someone with a pacemaker?

Posted by divergent1 on 2014-03-31 22:43. 1 comments. 268 reads
 
Before my pacemaker placement I'd put my house on the market to move out of the small rural area to a big city where my family lives. Besides living nearby family again I realized this small rural area didn't have the medical help with some cancer follow-up.

After the collapse and PM placement my exhaustion was so extreme I told the realtor to take it off the market. My experience here with the cardiologist further convinced me I need to get out of this area for follow-up if I ever want to hope to get better.

As exhausted as I feel I can't imagine a move, but I also think I don't have a prayer of getting real help and recovering my life if I stay here. Did anyone else make a decision to move, and move after...


Posted by DANRAINES on 2014-03-29 12:45. 5 comments. 484 reads
 
Stupid question... Due to the physical nature of being a police officer, is there an automatic disqualification for hire if pacemaker was installed prior to application process? I would imagine that unarmed self defense and wrestling around with subjects maybe to much blunt trauma to the pacemaker.

Posted by DANRAINES on 2014-03-29 11:48. 8 comments. 510 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. 214 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. 291 reads
 
When should I travel with the home monitoring unit?

Posted by kayak.eric on 2014-03-23 16:25. 1 comments. 192 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. 308 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. 3 comments. 209 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. 323 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. 335 reads
 
I am scheduled on a trip to California with friends 3 weeks and 1 day post surgery. Any comments? Doable or no?



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