A new arrival!
Hi all - just about 2 days out from my implantation (10/23). A little backstory: my team's been following me for a few years as we waited for pacemaker time (bradycardia + sick sinus syndrome + a few structural abnormalities, all congenital). I could feel that everyday things were getting harder, so I did a 30-day monitor earlier this year to get more data (and a cardiac MRI to get images of the structural things for my EP). The whole team agreed it was time. So it was no surprise but nonetheless a big step to get my pacer at age 38.
(I should add that finding this group and lurking a bit helped me a LOT as I prepared for the big day. Y'all are amazing.)
I've seen a frankly amazing relief of symptoms, some of which I was hardly even aware of (since I'd never lived without them), even though I'm definitely adjusting. Life's different at 60 bpm after hovering around 44! My main source of discomfort is a tight left arm & shoulder - the incision's sore, of course, but that's not what's really hurting! So, a question: is it ok to use heat on the *back* of my arm/neck, safely away from the incision? Or better not to?
You know you're wired when...
Your license plate reads Pacer4Life.
We are very lucky to have these devices.