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Posted by tuckersmimi on 2014-01-25 22:38. 1 comments. 155 reads
 
My elderly dad will be having a PM implanted very soon.
I am an only child so I am the one he depends on for everything. My mom is deceased.
He does have a caretaker that comes 8 hours a day 5 days a week.
He still lives alone, however I live across the driveway from him.
I know nothing about pacemaker surgery or the recovery time.
I am planning to be out of the country for 12 days starting the middle of March.
This will be about 6 weeks after the pacemaker has been in.
Will this be enough recovery time for me to leave him in charge of the caretaker or should I cancel my trip now. Advice please.

Posted by nato on 2014-01-24 09:55. 2 comments. 177 reads
 
Hi All,

My son had his pacemaker when he was 8mths old.He is now 21 mths old and has a natural heart beat of 30-44Bpm when checked at his last interrogation with his pacemaker turn off.

Question,

With that low heart rate and his pacemaker off,at the age of 8yrs will his heart beat drop below that value seeing that he will be a a toddler?

If his heart beat is lower than 30-44bpm,how will they facilitate changeout of his PM with that low heart beat and keeping him alive?

Did anyone had the experience with a heart beat in that range and went lower than when they get older?If YES,what was their average value?

Appreciate your response...

Posted by Mooserunning on 2014-01-24 09:29. 3 comments. 177 reads
 
I had my pacemaker replaced on January 9, 2014. The bandage finally came off yesterday. I have been having an allergic reaction (itchy rash) to the adhesive or the betadine they use. I am being tested to see what it is after this all goes away. My concern is not the allergic action but the placement of my pacemaker. It is right under the incision. Does anyone else have this issue? If so, will the pacemaker cause more problems being under the incision? Is it too early to tell if it will move away from the incision?

Posted by canada on 2014-01-21 14:53. 2 comments. 175 reads
 
How long does it take for the ache to leave the chest wall?

Posted by carlyy_82 on 2014-01-18 00:31. 9 comments. 376 reads
 
Hi,

I'm a 31 year old Australian single mum of two, I had a pacemaker put in last Monday. I'm still in a fair bit of pain. Perhaps because I'm not able to rest to much because of the kids.

I just wanted to say hi, join the forum for support and wonder if there's any patient secret tips you have learnt along the way? Mine was an emergency insertion and I was sent home the next day so haven't even talked to my electrophysiologist yet!

Bit of background, I had the Yellow wiggle disease POTS with IST (inappropriate sinus tachycardia). This all came on after the birth of my second child who is nearly 5. I have had 4 ablations of my sinus (SA)node and the last one knocked it out. They left me for six months feel...


Posted by bogiesmom on 2014-01-17 17:57. 1 comments. 250 reads
 
I had a Pacemaker replacement done on Jan. 2, 2014. Previously I had a Medtronic KAPP DR for 7 &1/2 years with no problems. The reason I needed a pacemaker was that I suddenly went into "heart block" with a heart rate of 34 beats per. minute. An electrical issue where the top of my heart quit talking to the bottom of my heart.

It was replaced with a Medtronic ADAPTA ADDR01. The original leads were once again used. The new pacemaker incision is just below the old incision scar, and the pacemaker sits just under my collarbone on the left side. My replacement surgery went great, no problems, same day surgery, incision healing nicely, and I'm feeling great.

After being home for a few days I noticed that the area ju...


Posted by Kriscon41 on 2014-01-15 00:39. 4 comments. 203 reads
 
Hi I was wondering has anyone experienced a rushing or a fluttering feeling after receiving pacemaker? It's been a week so curious as to is this a normal feeling to have. Thanks

Posted by Gillie1 on 2014-01-12 13:59. 8 comments. 321 reads
 
Hi,
I was wondering if it was normal for a patient to be in a significant amount of pain during an operation to fit a pacemaker. My 83 year old mother had one fitted last Thursday and was extremely tearful and angry afterwards, saying that it had hurt enormously. She has had many other procedures (4 joint replacements, for example) and is no wimp, but even days later she is still extremely upset by this and cries when she speaks of it, even though she seems generally to be recovering well. She also mentioned that the surgeon followed her after she was wheeled down the corridor to ask if she was OK, and it all makes me wonder if an error could have been made with the anaesthesia. It has certainly affected her very badly, more in fa...


Posted by BillRussell on 2014-01-11 21:06. 4 comments. 207 reads
 
I'm still very anxious about my 85-year-old husband who had his PM implanted 8 days ago. For the past 4 days he has been moving about more, drinking fluids and eating his normal amount of food, good attitude. He still tires easily. His blood pressure is good, pulse rate is about 65. Tonight I helped him with his first full bath (he was afraid he would fall in the shower, so it's been sponge baths up until today). I noticed some slight swelling in his arm, just above the elbow. No pain, no throbbing. Temperature is 98.5. I can feel a good pulse at his wrist. Is some swelling normal? I have tried to call the NP almost an hour ago and have not received a call back. Is this something that I should take him to the ER for and risk all...


Posted by cindyredd on 2014-01-10 17:25. 6 comments. 215 reads
 
Hi All,
well today is 3 weeks, and I just could not wait one day longer.

I went to the gym.. whooo whoooo.. sorta of :-) As most of you that O I have been speaking with for Moral Support! you know that I am a pop tarte.. I have not Slow.. I am either gogogogogogog or asleep.. However took the 2 kids for a walk, our doxie Romeo, and mastiff Julie, 1/2 mile , was a slow start but the more I walked the better I felt..
So Off to the gym, I got on the elliptical with no arms things and off I went. I did 1 Mile , 15 min, was going to do more . But gladI stopped as my new friend is now very sore. Its very close to my collar bone , I tried like the dickens not to move my upper body.

However I was quite pleased I ha...


Posted by BillRussell on 2014-01-09 14:48. 5 comments. 222 reads
 
I'm the caregiver for my 85-year-old husband (I'm 78). Six days ago he had a PM inserted for sick sinus syndrome. The second day he had a low-grade fever for a few hours, the third a little discomfort in the area of the PM. His surgeon's NP told me what to watch for if pain increased, which thankfully it did not. His eating is still not optimal for me but he says he gets full. His blood pressure is good, and his heart rate is usually around 65 bpm. His attitude is good. He is moving about slowly but gets up from his chair frequently. It seems today he says he is "tired" after brushing his teeth, shaving or going to the table to eat. I am a worrier (probaby watch him too closely), and I do not want to keep calling the NP every day....


Posted by mland on 2014-01-05 18:45. 0 comments. 106 reads
 
Just joined the site a hour ago. Got home from successful Tricuspid Valve repair surgery yesterday. I've had an AICD since Feb/12. Last night my pacemaker felt like it was shocking my phrenic nerve which I hear can happen. They changed my settings at the hospital. At one point it hit me 10 shocks in a row. Then 1 or 2 intermittently throughout the night. Anybody else have this happen? Is that what it sounds like? What did you have done?
I'm calling my EP tomorrow to have the device evaluated.
Any guidance would be helpful.
Thanks,

Posted by cindyredd on 2014-01-03 11:06. 5 comments. 362 reads
 
Re post I lost my place somewhere :-)

Hi Everyone..

First of all a Wonderful happy New Year to all of you. I dont know about you but I am pooped out! Nothing like getting a PM 10 days before the holidays and saying you cant do anything. " Right" :-)

Well I did have my adjustment, again, Took HR from 60 to 70 and adjusted the RR to 6, I must say I feel pretty good.

Scar is healing nice, I still Hurt ? ouch..
New Issue: I cant sleep all night. And I love my 8 Hours.
Two things are happening. Well actually three.
1) I really fall asleep fast :-) which I never did before
2) I wake up every night at 2.10 AM Like i just had a coffee. I really could vacuum the house if I did not ...


Posted by LGP on 2014-01-03 04:10. 10 comments. 409 reads
 
Hello, I am going to be getting a pacemaker in two weeks, and I have heard all different kinds of things about what the recovery is like. A few things that I have been wanting to know more about are:
how long you have to wear a sling for
how long you should not lift things for
how long you are not supposed to drive for
I was just wondering what everyone's experience with the recovery process was, and I am always interested in hearing your stories.

Thank you so much,



Lauren

Posted by Kreth on 2014-01-02 20:38. 2 comments. 255 reads
 
Got my 2nd PM that day. Boring while waiting in the room, no food since that morning early. Lady who did the IV is an angel. did not even feel it. Now they finally came to get me. The nurse did all the stuff to prepare me. I told her I WANT DRUGS for this. They laid me out and covered my face a bit, turned up the oxygen to double, and gave me a wee drug in the IV. She had to do another. :-) The Doc came in and started the alcohol scrub down [I was green down to my chest!]. He then began a series of shots to KILL the pain. Not to complain but I needed a shot to kill the pain of those shots. In nothing flat [I was asleep by then] I was back in my room. Lunch consisted of Peanut Butter crackers and a Sprite. Seems at one point they gave me i...


Posted by amylh87 on 2014-01-01 08:38. 16 comments. 447 reads
 
Well......in 24 hours I will have my pacemaker!
Not going to lie, I'm terrified! Any words of comfort would be much appreciated!
Just scared about being awake through the surgery :(

Posted by annalan99 on 2013-12-28 00:52. 6 comments. 334 reads
 
Hi. I am 28 and had my pacemaker inserted 3 weeks ago. Ever since, I've had waves of extreme pain deep in the middle of my chest that sometimes reaches up to my jaw. I can't breathe in without it being excruciating so i have to take pain killers and lie down for hours (which is not really conducive with me returning to work). Pain was at its worst after PM check-up because the cardio messed around with my heart beat. Had a chest x-ray and blood tests and all looks normal. My cardiologist is very difficult to contact and GP doesn't know much about this stuff and I also feel embarrassed about going back to the doctors yet again. Doctor suggested that I take ibuprofen every 4 hours. This has helped a bit but i'm still getting the waves of pai...


Posted by cindyredd on 2013-12-26 11:33. 12 comments. 309 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

Post Merry Merry day.. I hope all of you had a most wonderful Christmas.. Mine was wonderful.. Hubby became housewife wonderful gift I had my 80yr old mom here and it was a beautiful day!

As you know I had my HR changes from 70 to 60 as I was very SOB, well that has not worked. I am still SOB, and now feeling ab bit live I did before PM implant.

Soooo, I called medtronics and got a rep he said I should not Be SOB, that the Rate Response my need to be tweeked since I am such a hyper person.

I am so getting confused lol.. But I am once again SOB, Lightheaded,Getting that Old Pounding when I stand up.

So I called the Dr's office to try and come in and Got the run around. la...


Posted by cindyredd on 2013-12-23 18:44. 5 comments. 291 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

I want to thank all of you for your support! and messages, It truly has helped me allot.

I am trucking along :-) Got my first check up today.
Question for all of you that have had this issue.

I am pacing at 50%
They had my heart rate at 70 / 150
I have been short of breath and hyperrrrr since I workup . At first i was yippieeee... I had tons of energy. "However" i have been sweating like crazy as if i am on the treadmill and I Never" sweat and I am a bit breathless.

So today The gal called the Dr and they lowered it to 60/150

Question: is that a good number , trying to keep the Afib away.
2) will I feel lazy and sleepy , brain fog again with this smal...


Posted by cindyredd on 2013-12-19 12:36. 7 comments. 385 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

Well I am back finally from outer space. I would have wrote earlier but the general anesthesia they gave me well lets just say is was not a pretty site and I forgot how to speak English and be nice .

My hospital stay was a true nightmare, never again there, was the first time at that crazy place, The surgery went well I have a wonderful doctor. That being said.

I have quite a bit of pain, ( I know Don :-) allot more than I thought, have just been taking advil all day as I am still really loopy from the drugs.

I can not get in a good position in bed i feel like I have a 10 pound weight that is going to fall out of my chest. My mouth is cut on the inside and my throat hurts .. waaaaaa...




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