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Posted by Zapper on 2014-02-21 13:35. 6 comments. 1003 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. 557 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. 216 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. 289 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. 308 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. 350 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. 454 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. 436 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. 435 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. 410 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. 722 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. 400 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. 2067 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. 447 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. 358 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. 690 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. 643 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. 265 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. 382 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. 1315 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...




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