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Posted by Jonny on 2014-01-01 08:37. 5 comments. 337 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. 420 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

Posted by Bryony on 2013-12-20 05:45. 7 comments. 416 reads
 
Hello, I am due to have a pacemaker, hopefully in the New Year. I have been off work since July. How soon after the 6 weeks post implantation can you return to normal working? I am going to have to change from working as a MRI Radiographer to hopefully find a job in CT scanning.Obviously I have to push/pull/lift equiptment, help move patients, do on call etc
Is there anyone else working in the healthcare proffession working with a pacemaker especially as a Radiographer?
Has anyone experienced discrimination?

Posted by Chloe421 on 2013-12-09 00:16. 5 comments. 427 reads
 
Going to Disney in April. Was told I cannot go on roller coasters & Tower of Terror! Really! It's Disney! I'm not going on Space Mt. But Thunder Mt? & Tower of Terror are my favorites! Anyone else been on them? Any Problems? Have an ICD. Thoughts! I' aware of the magnet fields.

Posted by Bammie21 on 2013-11-24 06:43. 3 comments. 404 reads
 
Hi! Just joined and Wednesday I did my first airport security passthru. Was not a very good experience as it was a tiny airport in Lewiston, ID. They made me sit in a chair waiting a minimum of 25 minutes for someone to do the pat down. I was not happy since I could not keep an eye on my carry on stuff which had already gone thru. Basically I waited until everyone else was done before they got to me. I was the last one to board.
Hope tomorrow's flight goes better at Sea Tac in Seattle!

Posted by katz on 2013-11-19 06:37. 11 comments. 702 reads
 
Hi everybody.
Any advice would be good in rather worried as i am sposed to be going on holiday in 2 weeks ( the holiday was booked befour i was ill ) i had my pacemaker a week ago, the doc says if i feel up to the holiday it will prob be good for me,
I live in the UK and ill be going to lanzotote, i shall be travelling from Manchester Airport, im just stressed about all the security scans etc, im scared something will re-set my pacemaker etc, and i have read some airports insist you go through them, i really don't want this spoiling going and returning from a much needed holiday. Any help guys would really help ....Thanks. Kat

Posted by undeadmuffin on 2013-11-12 07:32. 7 comments. 392 reads
 
So, I am a very weird unproductive man. By that I mean, I like to learn new things and move on to learn something else. One thing I would like to learn is how to fly a plane. I'm just wondering if having this little computer in my chest stop me from flying a plane? Like, might it mess with the systems of the plane or the plane mess with my systems?

Posted by SharonSzczotka on 2013-10-31 08:46. 8 comments. 1969 reads
 
My husband had his ICD fitted in the UK earlier this month & was told by the doctor he would not be allowed to drive for one month post fitting, DVLA has now informed him he can not drive for six months & has had his license revoked for six months, pending checks ect!

Does anyone know of any ways this time period can be shortened?

Posted by Tafi on 2013-10-16 12:58. 5 comments. 439 reads
 
possible job in cold store, temp down to -18% wondering if ok to work in cold store with a pacemaker

Posted by shallyanne on 2013-10-14 16:36. 4 comments. 351 reads
 
Is there something out there i can get without having to have a landline? I heard there was something wireless out there but that is $16 extra a month. I may be a week at a time without a landline to check in. I also heard there were apps for cell phones. Anyone know of anything? Thank you

Posted by ChuckNorrisKicksAss on 2013-10-05 00:23. 3 comments. 665 reads
 
Hi, I'm currently living in Edmonton, Canada. And I am wondering if anyone on here has had any luck with getting the Disability Tax Break on your income taxes. It basically exempts you from having to pay in as much taxes as you normally do.

I'm going to get my doctor to fill out the forum, but would like to hear from members who have tried, whether succesful or not.

Posted by pstorer on 2013-09-25 13:00. 3 comments. 631 reads
 
I recently had a 'full heart block' back in April of this year, which led to me being implanted with a pacemaker. I am a plater/welder in the UK, the job that I had was a life saver, it was my first permanent job since redundancies a few years back. At first my work managers were very supportive, they told me that I should take all the time time off I needed. They also required various letters from my cardiologist and doctor to confirm that my pacemaker would not be any hazard in the work place. I fulfilled all there requests, my cardiologist had stated that I would be fine in a welding site, with a few procedures in place, again the workplace managers were very supportive and went a long with everything. Until recently a new manager has ...


Posted by jim@uk on 2013-09-25 11:35. 0 comments. 257 reads
 
Hi all just found this site so joined up. Had my p/maker fitted in June which was quite a shock i must admit ( im 58). I am back at work as an engineer but not letting me do my normal duties until they have a report back from my clinic stating its okay to work on the equipment there. So far its taken three weeks. Has anyone else experienced this. Thanks Jim

Posted by alphieme3 on 2013-09-08 02:26. 1 comments. 374 reads
 
I have had a CRT unit for 4 months now. And I am wondering if any of you guys have a problem straining feeling in your chest when you lift fairly heavy objects? I work Retail and part of my job is stocking. I dont know if the strained feeling I get is normal with Cardiomyopathy of something I should be concerned with. When it happens I feel tired for a few minutes then it returns to normal later.

Posted by bonniefox on 2013-09-07 19:51. 6 comments. 1263 reads
 
I am trying to walk the line between practical and paranoid as far as traveling long distances for vacations. Our daughter is getting married in Italy in 2 weeks. My husband wants to buy me a noise canceling headphone to use on the flight, (I have difficulty hearing the the sound of the offered movies ) My Boston Scientific pacemaker has been reading"(less than 6 months" for 7 months and I have to wait to have it replaced until the battery officially needs to be replaced in order to have Medicare cover the expense. So, I am hesitant to wear the N.C. headset because they use a battery and have a magnet also. I am going to ask my pacemaker tech about this when I see him this week but I would also appreciate any input from any of the mem...


Posted by Pcwhit on 2013-09-02 22:56. 4 comments. 540 reads
 
I am a little nervous about returning to work since I am in a stressful job and I drive or patrol for a living. I am not sure what to do in terms of changing professions or telling my employer about my pm. I mean I have a very stressful job and do not want to have anymore heart problems. Has anyone else had these feelings about returning to work after pm implantation?

Posted by colton on 2013-08-30 01:46. 4 comments. 588 reads
 
I am a civilian contractor that works with the USAF Special Ops Squadron. I am currently receiving Short Term Disability and have found out that Military Regulations will not let me deploy with a pacemaker. I am trying for Long Term Disability.

Does anyone have experience with pacemakers and deploying?

Posted by Fiki on 2013-08-20 09:27. 5 comments. 460 reads
 
Hi ! Ive had my drivers licence for more than a year now.. and i ve never had any interfernces or shocks during driving.. what are you experiences with driving with an ICD ? :)

Posted by depreal30 on 2013-08-19 14:08. 21 comments. 1436 reads
 
I am tossed between getting one or not. Does anyone have one? I am looking at a cooler bracelet or necklace since I am a fashion freak. Anyone know of any good sites that are reasonable priced? What do you all have engraved on the bracelet?

Posted by mikem on 2013-08-12 22:03. 1 comments. 318 reads
 
Anyone with pacemaker ridden a mag-lev train or used an inductive charger for phone? Any ill effects?




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