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Posted by kayak.eric on 2014-03-23 16:25. 1 comments. 234 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. 355 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. 242 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. 372 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. 359 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. 227 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. 546 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. 177 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. 733 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. 260 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. 13 comments. 1899 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. 633 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. 255 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. 324 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. 348 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. 379 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. 549 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. 480 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. 489 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. 450 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!



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