Is pm a private matter?
I'm a new member to the site from Finland. I'm 33 years, male, and I have AV block 3, and it was diagnosed about 6 years ago. A PM was recommended from the beginning but I have been reluctant to have one. I haven't had any major problems with my health, although now I maybe understand better why I never was the best in any sports in school.
After the diagnose, I have been regularly tested to find out if there are any changes to HR. (Holter, ultrasound etc.) Now we are having our first child in March and I finally agree to have the PM just to eliminate the sudden death risk. I have asked that the procedure will be done after the birth, so I wouldn't have too much stress at the same time.
I have many fears and anxiety about the whole PM thing. Especially the mental side of it. I have never thought myself as a person with heart problem. With a PM I think the condition will be reminded daily by the apparatus in my chest. And other fear is the social side of it. I don't want to tell about the condition to anyone outside family. I don't need the pity or the curiosity of co-workers and others. I don't know what to think, my head feels like bee's nest, all thoughts buzzing and jumping around.
How have you managed the situation and have you had similar fears?
You know you're wired when...
You run like the bionic woman.
Your anxiety is normal. It takes some of us a little time to adjust to the new friend. As much as they love you, family and friends without a device just cannot understand the adjustment we go through. That is why this site is so valuable.