Device time settings
Hey all.What a week! I went in for my 6-week check. The technician was not very clued up and had to keep phoning Medtronic for instructions...also defensive about answering questions... anyhooo... Cardio sorted the settings and she teleconferenced with colleagues and I left with my HR upped to 70 bpm from 60bpm, RR turned on AND sleep settings in place between 22:00and 06:00 @ 50 bpm.
By Thursday I was Exhausted! I had been rudely awakened each morning at 04:00 by a rapid increase in bpm. On Thursday eve at 20:00 I suddenly became aware that my HR had dropped down into the 50s. and there it stayed.
Knowing that the Tech is not great, I did my own research on this site and found some mention of time zones. I phoned first thing for an appointment. They laughed when I said I thought my device was in a different time zone, I left the tech to her own devices and according to her all was as it should be...until I asked her to check the date and time according to the pacemaker...It was set to GMT 2 hours ahead of my time zone in SA!
Thanks to all who contribute on this site. It may seem like an insignificant titbit but may have saved my sanity! Unfortunately, I can't remember who mentioned it and a search did not turn up the post I had read.
I thought it may be worth mentioning again.
I am pacing 70% of the time in the Atrium now and 0.1% in the ventricle. I am going to give adapting to the higher HR a good go as I feel physically much better. Unfortunately, I am very aware of the pulse in my ears and at the base of my throat. I hope my brain will earn to tune these sensations out given time. Any advice on this?
You know you're wired when...
Airport security gives you free massages.
My eight year old son had a pacemaker since he was 6 months old. He does very well, plays soccer, baseball, and rides his bike. I am so glad he is not ashamed of his pacemaker. He will proudly show his "battery" to anyone.