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Posted by cormac on 2013-04-26 21:28. 1 comments. 304 reads
 
so i take it that there a few members on the site here who still weld with no problem's..

Posted by cormac on 2013-04-26 18:57. 0 comments. 252 reads
 
has anyone made up a small piece of lead to cover their pacer anf if so do they think it made any difference while using a welder??

Posted by cormac on 2013-04-26 16:34. 5 comments. 591 reads
 
Hi all, it has been a while since i was on the site :-( quick one! whst is the situation on welding?
cheers
Cormac

Posted by kgdalg on 2013-04-24 01:07. 4 comments. 490 reads
 
I'm only 4 days from having my PM inserted, but my doctor wasn't clear on when I could go back to work. I have a very demanding job (I Love!) that involves physical work, but much of it is computer work. I just got the warnings about lifting my arm, but no indication of when I should get back to work. I'm pretty wiped out if I do much around the house, but going a bit stir crazy wondering when I'll feel better. Also the people at work need to know when I'll be back. I should also say that the day before my surgery during a tilt table test my heart stopped completely for 60 seconds and they needed to use cardiac compressions to get me going again. Is that why I'm still wiped out? I had the test because I passed out and face planted g...


Posted by jaydole on 2013-04-23 15:31. 5 comments. 982 reads
 
I am 18 years old and I have a defibrillator, I have always wanted to get into the law enforcement field and I don't know if I can do that anymore because of my device. I would like to know if anyone has any info. on whether or not I can still become a police officer with an implanted defibrillator. Thankyou

Posted by billylittle on 2013-04-18 15:13. 5 comments. 452 reads
 
i just had a single chamber medtronics sensia sr put in a couple of days ago. I noticed that on the ride home it seemed that it was set too sensitive and the ride home was making the heart rate go up from bumps in the car. Is this possible? Is this feature adjustable by a programmer?

Posted by GrandmaD on 2013-03-22 18:23. 3 comments. 315 reads
 
Another question re insurance. Do any Canadians here know the rules as far as informing motor vehicals and our private insurance companies? Specificaly I am in Alberta, as rules vary for everything else in the differant provinces, why not this.
Thanks
Debera

Posted by imed2u on 2013-03-18 13:16. 5 comments. 452 reads
 
I am 60 and have only had my PM for 6 days now. It is CRT-D if that make a difference in the answer to this question. I drive an hour to work and slightly over an hour back home. I am left handed and the PM is on the left side. Still having some pain that last for a couple of hours. I have enough time to take off, but has anyone just worked 1/2 days for awhile and if so, how long? My job is stressful but I am slowly dealing with that. There are a lot of deadlines to meet....

Thanks,

ED

Posted by Snlp on 2013-03-11 23:21. 7 comments. 517 reads
 
I have some questions on recovery time and how long everyone was off work after the procedure. Also how long before you were about to drive again. I am scheduled to have my pacemaker implanted on Thursday, April 4th and had in my mind that I would return to work the next Monday or Tuesday. I have read some that were off work for a few weeks and am sure some of it depends on the type of work a person does. I am a Human Resource Mgr and work at a computer in an office most of the time. Are my expectations realistic? Also how long before you are allowed to drive? That might prevent me from going back to work if that is longer. Just also wanted to say that I am thankful to have found this group. It is helping to make a scary situation...


Posted by jfullerton on 2013-02-28 12:00. 6 comments. 623 reads
 
My 31 year old son has a PM (5 years ago) and after a lethal arrythmia in 2012 now has a ICD inplant. He is no longer able to work as a carpenter/home renovator and has been in out of hospital 3-4 times each year for further ablations for the past 6 years, surgically repostioning of pacemaker and wires that have come through the skin due to the physical job. He is thinking about taking a course for using heavy equipment and possibly driving a small bobcat or forklift - but I question all the vibrations of heavy equipment. He is due for more ablations as icd has gone off unneccesarily.
Any members have any career suggestions for someone in this position. Anyone had a similar situation and been able to find some sort of work?
Thank...


Posted by accoj on 2013-02-16 18:06. 5 comments. 752 reads
 
Hi all I had my PM and Defib put in on the 9th of Feb 2013
Im told by a few doctors what tools I can use and what I cant
but cant get a definite answer
I have a 100 amp stick, welder a 100 amp Mig welder,
3/8th power drill, 9 inch and 4 inch grinders,
bench grinder battery drill and battery charger
2 chain saws one 2 stroke and one mains power @240 volts
a 4 stroke lawn mower and a 2 stroke leaf blower
all of which I use occasionaly not full time
can I use any of them ? or is my life over
thanks John in Australia

Posted by jacko on 2013-02-09 12:11. 1 comments. 467 reads
 
Hi Folks
I am trying to get some sensible travel insurance for a 90 day trip to Spain and had quotes varying between £423 and £763, seems a lot to me but what should I expect to pay?
I also take Simvastatin and two blood pressure tablets daily and been constant for 12 years.
My Pacemaker was fitted because I have an occasional slowing of my heartbeat.
Advice and recommendations please.
Jacko

Posted by goldenoldy on 2013-02-08 15:49. 8 comments. 546 reads
 
Hi, starting to think, (implant Jan 10th) about getting back onto my motorcycle.Being a 'boxer' engine there is always some vibration present. Does anyone have experience of how long after the op its safe to get aboard again, and also does the vibration, not a shaking, affect anything. Thanks. Brian

Posted by carnut on 2013-02-07 19:04. 6 comments. 517 reads
 
I’m a retired bodyman & street rodder want to talk to anyone with an icd who has done any welding.  Pls contact me via a Pvt Msg, so we can make contact.  Ralph



Posted by concerned-daughter on 2013-02-07 17:06. 2 comments. 401 reads
 
My Mother is going to fly from N.Y to Arizona on a 5 HR flight. What would anyone suggest for safety and comfort.

Posted by Jen12 on 2013-02-06 13:39. 3 comments. 438 reads
 
Hi - Has anyone been refused travel insurance due to having a pacemaker. Can anyone recommend a good deal on travel insurance for persons with pacemakers?

Posted by terrythetech on 2013-02-05 12:48. 7 comments. 339 reads
 
Just got told that work had a test for EMF completed and none of the electrical equipment I repair is in excess of the levels set by St. Judes or the University of Minnesota. So I am going back to work this after noon at 3pm! Scared and excited as been off since last October. I will post the test result papers as soon as I get a copy. Not sure where I will post them yet, but will let you all know. I am a Maintenance Electrician in a plastics extrusion factory. Wish me luck but I am sure I will be ok! Wow. I will let everyone know how it goes tomorrow morning on this post.
Terry

Posted by kansasgranny on 2013-02-04 21:42. 5 comments. 555 reads
 
I have had my pm for only one week. Went to work....passed out a couple of times.....ended up with a pacemaker all in several hours time. My diagnosis is third degree heart block. I had NO CLUE I had a problem. I have never been sick in my 60 years with anything much. My question is this: My husband and i are planning to go to Haiti on a mission trip in two weeks. If any of you have been there, you know what I mean by bumpy roads.......will that be a problem for my pm??

Posted by Beach Boy on 2013-02-02 17:36. 6 comments. 1223 reads
 
My wife and I are planning a trip to Peru and Bolivia.
This will entail travel in some high altitude areas, in the Andes.
The highest area is 12,000 feet above Seal Level.

I was wondering if anyone had any information, and/or
expereince with the effect of being in high altitudes and
their Pace Maker?

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Posted by taytay on 2013-01-22 11:40. 4 comments. 348 reads
 
Hello I have a certified nursing assistant for 20 yrs... That's all I,ve done.. My job is very strenuous and I,m worried about going back to work on feb 2 I had my pacemaker put in dec 20 plenty of time off... Just worried about all the lifting I have to do... Any other cna,s out there....



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