1st timer

where do start, i know i know other people have a pm younger than me, but i cant get my head around what happened. i led a physical life since the age of 18, i was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, worked construction for 40 years, even worked 3 to 4 days at week at a golf course when i retired. heart rate was 48 up and down 36 back to 44 etc. finally heart stopped REALLY, got me going and placed a temp pm until following day when i receieved my little friend for life. there was no heart issues, high blood yes, copd yes. needed to vent have 1st follow up tomorrow


8 Comments

Diagnosis

by AmyV - 2019-04-07 20:40:05

I am 38 and just got my PM. Looking at the positive, I am thankful for God having a plan for me and  treatment. What was your diagnosis? 

We aren't alone..

by AgentX86 - 2019-04-07 21:15:55

Welcome to the club, BBB!  No one wants one of these things but here we are.  There really isn't a downside, though.  We get to live and many of us, a lot better than we were before.  It may take a little while to wrap your head around your pacemaker but it won't be long before you don't think about it much at all.  It's kinda like dental work.  Your tongue can't leave it alone for a while and then you never notice it again.  I found that it helped a lot to learn as much about them as I can. This is a good place to start but there is also tons of information on the Internet, too.

Same here

by mikew - 2019-04-07 23:21:15

Always thought I was indestructible, 6'6" 290lbs, excellent health! Last week the news that I suddenly needed a pacemaker hit me like a rock!! It's only been 3 days and even I can't believe that I'm doing so much, just have to go easy on my left arm. Yesterday I stayed awake 12 continous hours! Before that I was constantly taking naps because I was so tired.

1st timer

by badboybilly - 2019-04-08 10:16:23

thanks all for the postive comments, it helps and its really nice to know im not alone in this. i have 1st dr. appt. this afternoon will let everyone know how it went. lol have alot of questions for him.

electrical problems

by Tracey_E - 2019-04-08 13:08:54

Being fit keeps the heart muscle strong. Eating right keeps the plumbing clean. Electrical problems are unrelated to either and happen at random, often in an otherwise healthy heart. Some medication or infection can cause it but most of us never know why it hit us. Nothing we did caused it, nothing we could have done differently would have prevented it. Ever buy two phones (tv's, cars, appliances, etc) at the same time, one runs great for years, the other gets wonky and dies ten minutes after the warranty is up? That's us. The good news is there is a fix. It can be a blow and take some time to wrap your head around, but I like to remind myself it could be a lot worse. There's very little we can't do once we heal. Glad you found us. If you have questions, ask away! 

Same boat

by marathonpaced - 2019-04-09 17:44:07

I'm in the same boat as you....38 year old woman with two young boys who runs marathons.  I'm 6.5 weeks out from getting my first PM and let's just say I didn't handle the news or the situation too well!  What helped me was allowing myself to feel whatever I was feeling and "morn" things for a while but then my husband gave me a tough love talk.  He told me I needed to stop questioning things.  That I have a PM and unless I'm goinig to go back in for surgery to have it removed, I needed to stop asking if it was really necessary and just accept it.  When I feel down about it, I remind myself that I haven't had a single dizzy event since I received it which means its working and I'm safe...that's all that really matters.  I still have good days and bad but each day as I feel more and more like my old self, I think less and less about the PM.  It will take time but it's nice to hear from people on this site who are PM veterans.

1st timer

by badboybilly - 2019-04-10 11:16:00

thanks for all the postive feedback, im getting better on wrapping my head around the situation. had followup with dr. he says im looking good ,wound is healing nicely. i also saw my primary dr. from the va she was chicked since i had every test known to man over 30 days for my heart. ekg, stress test , mri , blood test , and a echocardiogram the va gave me a clean bill of health. so when this happened you all see why its hard to wrap this around my head. im checking my vitals every morning including weight, i have lost 5 lbs. my blood sugar is way down to the low 100s yes im type 2, my blood pressure is low this am it was 132/58 hum did episode do this

geometry dash

by nataliez1 - 2019-04-11 13:16:15

Never too late to start anything. You just need enough effort.

You know you're wired when...

You can hear your heartbeat in your cell phone.

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I just want to share about the quality of life after my pacemaker, and hopefully increase awareness that lifestyles do not have to be drastically modified just because we are pacemaker recipients.