Now A Two Pacemaker Family

In previous posts I wrote that I was implanted with a pacemaker in February of this year for second degree heart block. On May 15, my wife had an attack of ventricular tachycardia where her heart rate went to 210 bpm and she was rushed to the hospital. After a heart cath, it was determined she needed a pacemaker/defribulator to control the v-tach.

It has been nearly two weeks since the implant and she is doing very well (probably better than I am) and we hope to resume our "normal" daily routines.

If someone had told us in January of this year that we would both have pacemakers by May, we would have said you were nuts; but it has happened and we are grateful the technology exists to correct our heart defects.....

Thank you for this website as it has been very useful to both of us...Blnmakerr


I hear you

by colleenjohnson - 2007-05-28 09:05:40

That is incredible. Hope you are both doing well! Anyway similar situation with me I have icd/pm and hubby had heart attack last Oct. He doesnt have om, but i always tell him my muscle is shot and his plumbing is plugged!

Stay well to both of you


by hooimom - 2007-05-28 10:05:00

Thank God you are both fine now. I got my PM in July. My husband was diagnosed with Diabetes less than a month after my PM. He lost 25 pounds in that month and his vision was changing drastically. Of course, he blamed it all on the stress my illness was putting on him and didn't go to the doctor right away. After months of trying to control it with insulin injections, he was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic and given an insulin pump this month. I have a Medtronic PM and he has a Medtronic insulin pump. It isn't two pacemakers but we are a two device family as well.

We just laugh and say that we hit the "sickness" in the sickness and in health part of the wedding vows. I was 42 and he was 48---the 40's hit us hard.


2 pms in family

by CathrynB - 2007-05-28 10:05:05

Blnmakerr: Wow, that is quite a story! I'm so glad things are going okay for both of you and hope it remains that way for many years to come. Now one request: just because you have a family member who "gets it" (knows what it's like having a PM and can support you with experience and understanding) please don't abandon us -- we want you to stay part of our PM/ICD family. So bring your wife along and introduce us to her too, okay? Take care, Cathryn


by tcrabtree85 - 2007-05-28 11:05:53

I'm so glad that both of you are doing ok. I will be praying for your wife as recovery isn't also so much fun. Please keep us updated on how you both are doing.

Thanks for the update

by admin - 2007-05-28 12:05:50

Two devices in one family is not too common. I consider you both extra special members.


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