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Posted by rhymeandreason@knology.net on 2014-06-10 20:08. 2 comments. 132 reads
 
Guess no one liked the poem I wrote. Has anyone had ablation and how bad of a producure is it? Hackie Caylor

Posted by pp on 2014-06-10 19:21. 1 comments. 128 reads
 
I had pacer and leads removed 5-9-14. I have been in the hospital a total of ten days due to complications. Now home with a wound vac to heal site. I probably will have wound vac for another month.

I want to stress, push for help if your pacemaker pocket develops redness with signs of erosion as infection can bury deep even under armpit!



Posted by meppwc on 2014-06-10 11:28. 3 comments. 258 reads
 
I had my first pace maker installed 2 1/2 weeks ago...........when can I start doing more? Such as..........raising my left arm, cutting grass, lifting, pushups, bowling, etc..........note, I am left handed

Posted by mlillie on 2014-06-10 11:20. 3 comments. 153 reads
 
My father is going to get a pacemaker/difibulator in July. He is in another state and I am trying to stay up on his health. Last night when I talked to my brother he said they would be doing dad's surgery in 2 stages, so it will take 2 days. Do any of you know why that might be.

Posted by loredoa on 2014-06-07 15:22. 3 comments. 256 reads
 
Shoulder, arm and neck pains grew worse starting 2nd evening after June 14 , 2014 pacemaker implant for 40's to 50' heart rates. Worsens when rising from sitting or lying down. Feels like muscle or artery/vein moving with pain. Excruciating no matter position. Neither 5mg hydrocodon/ 500mg acemetaphin or Tylenol with codein helps. Oddly Implant site only low grade pain. So whats with shoulder pains where none before surgery?

Posted by hilloquis on 2014-06-05 10:52. 1 comments. 219 reads
 
Hi,
Had my 1st replacement in October last year. All went well but the new pacemaker is far more prominent than the last one. I can only assume they haven't got the box to fit in the same pocket but was wondering if this is normal?

Thanks,

Rob

Posted by Shell on 2014-06-02 18:51. 2 comments. 322 reads
 
Well, my replacement keeps getting better. I went last week to see the doctor and schedule my replacement. He said I could wait and have it done between the end of school and the start of summer school. Was just waiting for a call back that the insurance approved it. (Scheduled it for July 2) The doctor called me today. Of course it was 5 mins after my lunch so I didn't get the message until after the kids left. When I got home I called back and spoke to the person that did all the scheduling last week. ( she even had her note to call me after 3) Everything was approved and we scheduled my echo for next Monday. I told her the doctor called and she wasn't sure why so she went to talk to him.
5 minutes later he called back and said afte...


Posted by PEB on 2014-06-02 00:38. 10 comments. 330 reads
 
Hi, I'm 30yo fit female. I got my PM implant on Thursday, home on Friday. Aside from the general anxiety and frustration in the Hospital, everything went well with the Surgery. Since I've been at home I've gone for a few short easy walks around the block with my heartrate monitor on (out of curiosity). Occasionally, the PM kicks in but it paces me at 130bpm which is crazy for me because I am young and fit - on these occasions I get a strange feeling in my throat and feel a little woozy. Apparently the PM will take about a week for the CLS (rate response) to 'optimize' so I'll give it a few more days and if it is still doing that I'll go see the techs. Any body else experience this kind of thing?

Posted by finsmom on 2014-05-28 14:18. 3 comments. 216 reads
 
had my second pm installed 5 days ago and just found this site. Still sore and having trouble finding comfy sleep position, but overall the experience is MUCH easier second time around. Now just watching for signs of infection and waiting to be able to have a REAL shower :)

Posted by csteele0831 on 2014-05-26 01:12. 6 comments. 235 reads
 
Hi!
Im getting a pacemaker implanted next week and I am beyond scared. I am 22 years old and had a cardiac ablation done two years ago that went terribly wrong. I ended up in cardiac ICU for six days. Needless to say I feel like I have a reason to be worried and scared. I also have POTS.
I would love to know if there is anyone out there that might have some words of kindness or reassurance. I keep reading things online and its scaring me. Im the "one in a million" chance that something will go wrong, with EVERYTHING.

Posted by turboz24 on 2014-05-26 00:06. 1 comments. 235 reads
 
So, just had my 4th ablation performed Thursday. EP told me good news and bad news. They had seen these vtach's before, but didn't fix them because they only occur when I was awake. So, this ablation was done fully awake, only pain control was local at the catheter sites and Tylenol.

Got me on the table and prepped me for the first test. Then they hit me with Isoprenaline to stimulate vtach. First started low, 1 Mcg, ramped it to 4 mcg, 170 bpm vtach started and ICD paced me out. Now that they had seen the vtach, time for the catheters, all 7 of them. this took around 50 minutes. Inserting the sheaths wasn't to bad, the catheters were a little weird feeling, hurt a little but not a lot. Now it was time to get to work (my ICD is ...


Posted by brakes4unicorns on 2014-05-25 21:42. 10 comments. 330 reads
 
Hi there,

I'm a writer for TV (in Australia) and currently working on a project where the lead character - a doctor - gets a pacemaker. Trying to do as much research as I can to be authentic...

Right now I'm really interested in what it felt like during your pacemaker surgery - especially if it was done under local anaesthetic? Could you feel your heart rate being dialled up and done to the right settings?

And in the day afterwards, were there any interesting emotional/physiological side effects? (Apart from general soreness and exhaustion).

Any help would be tremendously appreciated!

Best,
Sam



Posted by Traciek on 2014-05-21 07:54. 6 comments. 253 reads
 
Looks like I'm faced with having my pacemaker removed due to infection and a new one inserted on the right hand side. Just wondering if anyone else has had this and if the surgery/recovery is different with it being on the right side.

Posted by Billybobbr on 2014-05-19 01:38. 1 comments. 221 reads
 
Implanted below my pectoral muscle. More pain than I expected.

Pacing 100% and nothing below 80 bpm.

Any suggestions?

bb

Posted by stormynw on 2014-05-17 20:35. 4 comments. 314 reads
 
Now I have new swelling over the pacemaker. Has anyone on here had to have a lead repositioned? Of course it had to be the Ventrical lead :( I spent last night in CCU/Telemetry and only slept maybe 2 -3 hours. When the surgeon came to my room this morning it was a bit of a shock to hear why he kept me overnight for observation. He said that I am much more sensitive than the average person and it seems that yesterday while he was operating... In the middle of the procedure, I moved my shoulder! Indicating that I could feel it and was in discomfort and . . . I did it more than once! Fortunately I don't remember that! Also while trying to reposition the lead, he said that my heart started to go a little nutso so he stopped to let it rest for ...


Posted by stormynw on 2014-05-17 20:33. 0 comments. 168 reads
 
Wow! Coming Home never felt SO good! ^_^ I spent last night in CCU/Telemetry and only slept maybe 2 -3 hours. It was the classic "I finally fell asleep and they woke me up to see how I was doing" :/ That plus I was in a lot of pain making it difficult to sleep.
When the surgeon came to my room this morning it was a bit of a shock to hear why he kept me overnight for observation. He said that I am much more sensitive than the average person. I've always thought I was but he confirmed it using those exact words. Anyway it seems that yesterday while he was operating... In the middle of the procedure, I moved my shoulder! O.o Indicating that I was in discomfort and . . . I did it more than once! Also while trying to reposition the lead, h...


Posted by stormynw on 2014-05-15 21:05. 8 comments. 252 reads
 
SO . . . Two trips to the ER 5 hrs and 3 hrs - still short of breath - Sudden intense sharp stabbing pains in chest. Turns out my lower lead isn't working so I have to go back in again for surgery tomorrow. That's the bad news. The good news is I wasn't imagining feeling worse. I actually am worse. So it's not all in my head.

Posted by Shell on 2014-05-14 17:18. 2 comments. 236 reads
 
Well, I guess I failed my last Merlin test. Got a call from the cardiologist to schedule an appointment with the doctor. Knew it was coming though. People at work are all worried because I'm not very concerned about it. I work in a 5th/6th grade PDD(autism) room and it's hard to be out (and the teacher is leaving on Friday) so I change the appointment they gave me to a week later so I could go after school. I told them (and will tell the doctor) that I'm scheduling it until schools out anyway. Really don't want to have it done and then go back to this room soon after.School ends June 24, summer school set up is June 25 and it starts July 15. So, June 26 would be perfect. Wonder if I can be that picky?
The only thing is that my pm d...


Posted by sinbad on 2014-05-12 21:29. 4 comments. 202 reads
 
i had a pacemaker put in a month ago and have beed given unrestricted permission to drive a school bus in oregon from my dr. is there an official time you have to wait before going back to work or is dr certificate good enough?

Posted by meppwc on 2014-05-12 13:31. 6 comments. 560 reads
 
My cardiologist said that when my pacemaker is installed I cannot lift my left arm above shoulder height for 6 weeks.
Are there any devices that I can use to restrict my arm to meet this restriction?



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