I'm getting a biventricular pacemaker / ICD. What do you wish you had known before your procedure?
I am a 46 YO woman who started reading your forums when I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy. I was hoping that I would respond to medication, but I haven't responded enough. I'm getting a biventricular pacemaker / ICD in less than two weeks. Your posts have helped me adjust to the idea, but I'm still not 100% there yet. (I know intellectually I need this, but it's hard when I don't feel sick or impaired.)
What do you wish you had known before your procedure? Any words of advice? And am I going to be able to feel the pacemaker once the wound heals (I mean, in the sense of feeling it working, notice a difference in my heartbeat, etc?) (Right now I have a normal heartrate so I'm not anticipating suddenly noticing my heart rate going from 30 to normal.)