Pneumothorax post pacemaker insertion

Hi all 

I am 3 weeks post my ppm insertion. Totally unexpected as a result of sick sinus syndrome then complicated by pneumothorax and a lung surgery to reinflate  my lung.. so have had a pretty full on few weeks .. on the whole doing ok just slow healing where the chest drains were. Anyway as a newbie and  feeling a bit blahwith the complications.. trying to get my mojo back .. so decided to join this group 



Must be newbie week in the club ;-)

by AgentX86 - 2018-09-26 22:29:59

Welcome, Vi and I'm sorry to hear that things haven't been going so well.  It sounds like you're on the right path though.  Please kee us informed as you make your recovery. It'll be a big help to those who follow you.

BTW, I know about chest drains.  When I had my CABG, the nurse who pulled the drains warned me "now this going to feel strange".  She wasn't lying! When she got them out, she said "that's one", at which time I just about lost it.  Then she laughed and said that she'd pulled all three at once but liked to see the look on people's face when they thought she was going to do it again.

Newbie thanks

by VIOLET - 2018-09-27 11:15:29

Thanks for the reply Agentx86. Lucky for me I am a nurse myself  so I  think that made it easier for me to cope with all the things that's happened. Though I did  drop my bundle after the lung surgery. It's all about trying to stay positive  and getting back some normality.

My pacemaker is in for bradycardia so I am still  experiencing AF at times which is treated with medication.. I  had a chest xray today which show my lung is still partially collapsed but hopefully  this will resolve  by itself. Anyway no use moping around ... need to focus on positive goals and finding that mojo

Great attitude!

by AgentX86 - 2018-09-27 22:18:56

I don't know if it's always a good idea to know what they're going to do to you.  ;-)  I told my thoracic surgeon that I didn't want to know about all the gore but I wanted a schematic view of the problem.  It took me some research to figure it out.

Yeah, a pacemaker isn't going to do a thing for AF (there are some that make the promise but AIUI, it doesn't work for most).  Watch the drugs.  Most are pretty nasty.  You have the PM already, so further damage to the electrical system has been covered but still...


Cheer up....

by BOBTHOM - 2018-09-28 20:23:28

Cheer up, it could be worse, you could not be here to complain about it!  Keep the sense of humor, it's important!!!  And good luck with your recovery!

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