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Posted by Jobo81 on 2012-07-15 18:45. 4 comments. 489 reads
 
Hi,
I'm fairly new to this site and can't tell you how pleased I am that I found it!
My baby has a pacemaker. When it was fitted we weren't warned not to use mobile phones around him but I've read on the Internet that they should be kept about 6 inches minimum away from his tummy (where is PM is). I don't use my phone close to him but I worry if it's in my pocket when holding him or if it's generally near him.
Firstly what is the situation with mobile phones and PM's and secondly is there anything else we need to be careful of using / having near him?
Thanks in advance.

Posted by maxthehandyman on 2012-07-14 09:30. 2 comments. 1203 reads
 
Hello:
I am not a pacemaker wearer. My son is. He was born with a congential heart defect which was corrected by surgery. A year ago he was given a pacemaker to correct a chronically low and irregular heartbeat. When he was discharged he received a flyer from the manufacturer warning him about the danger of arc welding. He is currently enrolled in a diploma program for welding/metal fabrication. It is his passion. Not welding is not an acceptible solution. It has set me out on a mission to find a way to protect him (and maybe you too)
I am not a scientist but I know that sensitive electronic devices can be protected from EMI by a device known as a Faraday Cage. I believe that a garment impregnated with metal fibers and properly g...


Posted by Jobo81 on 2012-07-08 20:16. 11 comments. 738 reads
 
Hi,

I'm new to this site and was hoping to find support from people in a similar situation to myself.
When I was 19 weeks pregnant I was told I had anti ro antibodies and my baby was diagnosed with complete heart block.
For the rest of my pregnancy I did nothing but worry, I was put On medication which increased his heartbeat from 50 up to 70. I had check ups every week and fortunately got to 39 weeks.
He was born by emergency c section a week early. Over the next few days His heartbeat was unsteady dropping to 48 at times and he got tired very quickly drinking his bottle. It was decided he would need a pacemaker and was transferred to a children's hospital over an hour away.
He had his pacemaker at 5 days...


Posted by marcieschell on 2012-07-05 23:49. 5 comments. 396 reads
 
Hi folks. I'm new to this site. I came across it while looking for something to help my daughter cope with being a teen with an ICD. We live in a rural area of Pennsylvania, and no one else here can understand quite what she's going through.
She's 14. She was born with a VSD, got her first pacemaker at the age of 4 and her first ICD in 2010. Please message me if you can give us some advice!

Posted by uvagershwin on 2012-06-28 10:04. 0 comments. 271 reads
 
I was tipped off that there was an anxious member out there whose 4 year old is facing implantation. I can (sort of) understand your fear. I was getting my 3rd pacemaker at age 4. I know that doesn't really help, but I can tell you all about what your child will experience. Please message me!!

Syd

Posted by azlilly on 2012-05-28 22:05. 7 comments. 513 reads
 
I am a special ed teacher and go in tomorrow morning to get my first pacemaker. I have told the kids that I teach that I will be going in for surgery and will be coming back to school with a bandage on my chest so not to worry.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to explain to the kids what has happened.
They are K-8th grades Special Ed.

Posted by didi on 2012-05-17 08:14. 10 comments. 566 reads
 
Hello everyone! I just joined this wonderful club and I'm excited about finding the answers to my questions here. I was born with a large VSD and after having an operation to close it I developed a heart block which required a Pacemaker. I had my first Pacemeker at the age of 5 months. I'm now 19 years old and I'm totally dependening on it. I've changed the Pacemaker or just it's battery more than 5 times now. My question is, would I be able to get pregnent and have children normally or will I face some issues? Is the process of giving birth put my life at risk? Or I have nothing to worry about and I can be the mom I always wanted to be? Thank you in advance. :)

Posted by KJensen on 2012-05-15 11:37. 4 comments. 550 reads
 
Im scheduled to get my pacemaker implant on the 22nd of this month. I have a 4 month old daughter that i have been pretty much exclusivly nursing since she was 10 weeks, she will no longer take a bottle. My question is: can i nurse right after the surgry or am i going to have to wait till i heal a bit? Has anyone ever had this problem? Im sort of worried about the sedative they will give me and she weighs 14 pounds now! Am i going to be able to hold her to me so she can nurse?

Thank you for imput in advance
Kristina

Posted by sue burns on 2012-05-09 20:08. 0 comments. 442 reads
 
Hi, I have had a pacemaker for 37years. Currently on my seventh. My Mother died in 1947 from a heart block a few years before pacemakers were invented. My elder sister had one fitted in her early twenties, and her son had his at the age of 18years. My lovely daughter was diagnosed with the same congenital heart block last year and now has one fitted at the age of 34 . I am 100% pacemaker dependent but my daughters is on demand. I am English, but live in Spain, and have had my last two pacemakers fitted here on the national health with wonderful treatment. I also have a Medtronic CareLink Monitor which eneables me to get checked once a month without having to go the hospital. Research is being done into the rare gene that my family seems to...


Posted by abigailwinthrop on 2012-04-29 20:15. 9 comments. 435 reads
 

About 3 or 4 years ago I had an account on here, I was around 14 years old and apparently I made such a great password that now I can’t even log in, haha!

I thought that since I’ve been living with heart disease since I was born I could try to help out parents or any teenagers with questions because I can definitely relate!  Plus, I made so many friends the last time I was on here that I decided to come back and get connected with the community again! So, here I am!



Posted by shower279 on 2012-04-27 10:11. 0 comments. 293 reads
 
has anyone had the situation where you‘ve just started a new job (about 2 months now)...haven‘t told new employer..not only that you‘ve got a pacemaker but that you just found out your pregnant?

Posted by Ambre321 on 2012-04-12 22:19. 1 comments. 433 reads
 
Hello All!!! I haven't been on in a little while. I'm recovering well, though having some problems with horrible pain in my left arm, and in my chest. I don't sleep well due to the pain at the incision site.

Well.. besides all that, my boyfriend has recently started talking about having a child. I have a son, and he has children from a previous marriage. We understand the risks involved. Has anyone gone through a pregnancy with a pacemaker? My doctor states that as long as I follow instructions i will be fine.

Just looking for advice or if anyone has gone through this before.

Posted by AndyMorg on 2012-03-30 09:10. 3 comments. 921 reads
 
Kind of strange for a "newby" as I got my pacemaker Dec 26, 2011. I am a 70 year old accounting professor. Doing quite well thank you.

My daughter, who is 39 and born with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect, has had a pacemaker since her open heart surgery at nine months. She does quite well, although she is living with my wife and me. We honestly have loss track of how many pacemakers she has had, but we think she is on her seventh one. I think the most significant thing for me as her parent is seeing the tremendous changes in technology over the years.

Daughter will be 40 in October. She is very active in our church as well as other groups. Every where she goes, she is accepted quite well.



Posted by indianamom on 2012-03-26 23:42. 7 comments. 674 reads
 
Hi. I'm new to the site and new to this world of ICDs. My 13 year old son had an ICD placed the day before Thanksgiving a few months ago. He was born with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. He was a fairly active boy before he had to get the ICD. He likes outdoor activities and sports but has been told that all contact sports are out of the question. Now that summer is coming up, he's thinking about summer camp and playing paintball with his friends. I talked with the camp director who said that there are lots of things he could hide behind to further protect his chest. His regular pediatric cardiologist didn't give us much guidance and referred us to his pacemaker doctor who we won't see until June. My husband t...


Posted by VNorton on 2012-03-14 23:34. 5 comments. 510 reads
 
Hi! Just out there looking for other families with pacemakers. Our 3 mo old had AVSD repair and subsequently needed a pacemaker. He is in 2 to 1 heart block most of the time, with periods of native rhythm. He's now 7 mo old and seems to be recovering well. He has Down Syndrome so we are dealing with a whole host of issues right now. I've reached out in the DS community, but have not been able to find another family that is going through this pacemaker journey. Thanks!

Posted by tinu on 2012-03-11 10:21. 9 comments. 460 reads
 
How do I prepare an 8 year old for her pacemaker generator replacement? She would have to be told that this is just one of the several replacements (plus other interventions) she will need in her life time. I live in India, where there is practically no role of clinical psychologists in health care. The hospitals are busy and treat patients mechanically.

Posted by alterr on 2012-03-10 09:46. 3 comments. 439 reads
 
Hi everyone! I’ve been a member for a couple years now, but rarely write anything. I really need some advice. I have a pacer and must take meds (lisinipril, metropolol) and I’m only 34 years old. I have 2 beautiful children. I was told, however, that I can’t have anymore b/c of the heart meds. I am devastated. Has anyone had experience with heart meds and pregnancy? Feedback is greatly appreciated.


Posted by mother73 on 2012-02-22 19:45. 7 comments. 719 reads
 
My five year daughter has just been diagonised with secondary level 2 heart block. She she showed no symptoms or complained of any pian etc. this was a shock for us. Her average heart beat is 52 and when she sleeps in the night it goes down to 36 sometimes. The dr's are still conducting test. They have advised us that she may need a pacemaker.

What do you think - should she have a pacemaker fitted at such an early age? if you have a similair experience i will appreciate if you share your experience with me.

mother73

Posted by Shell on 2012-02-17 17:33. 2 comments. 397 reads
 
Just read an article on AOL about a baby born in California 9 weeks premature weighing 3.5 pounds getting a pacemaker. He heart is the size of a walnut and when she was born her rate was 45 beats per min. The doctors were going to do a temporary pacing with temp. wires into the heart attached to a device outside her body until she get older but when she was born she was stable enough to get a permanant one. She spent 6 weeks in NICU and went one Jan 12.

Posted by Malata on 2012-02-14 15:27. 9 comments. 695 reads
 
I'm just wondering if anyone of you has a young child with a PM? My daughter has complete heart (to 3rd degree) block due to a Lupus birth. She will be getting one when she reaches 25KG or so, she is 4 and about 15Kg now. I'm concerned about her reaction to this, when it happens in a year or two. And the limitations that she will have to experience. Also, as a girl going through adolescence with this. Being noticable and all. She's a twin as well.

Any advice or stories to share?

AR



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