Surprised, Amazed, and Grateful ( I think) Pacer Newbie
Guess I'm another newbie who never in this world expected to join all you great folks in this exclusive club. I discovered this club in 2012 when my daughter, at age 27, received her pacemaker after a sinus node ablation to alleviate incessant tachycardia. I just lurked there, and found the information, the cameraderie, and encouragement offered by the members comforting to a bewildered and worried mother. And just to say, though my daughter has some health issues, she's doing well and that pacer saved her life.
So fast forward 7 years, I was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome ( tachy-brady) and after some foot dragging on my part, am now the proud "host" of a St. Jude Assurity MRI dual chamber pacemaker, implanted three days ago.
So it's not too far out from the post-op for me, and I am surprised how well I am feeling. Right after the surgery ( I guess after the local anesthesia wore off), I felt like I had a bad giant toothache extending from just below the site to my jaw, but that subsided with the help of some extra strength tylenol and I've been using that to help with the pain since then. And some tylenol PM helps me sleep through the night, so I'm very grateful for that.
And I guess ( despite my doubts), I probably needed that pacemaker, during a visit to my doctor's device check clinic, they told me my atrial pacing rate was 83%. And I do feel better, for sure, and expect to feel even better once the post-op aches and pains subside.
So I'm just hoping I don't do something inadvertently with that left arm to yank a lead out, trying to be careful with that for the next month.