I done flipped my pace maker..

Okay so here is the deal...this is kinda funny really. I was leaning over last week to hit a friend of mine with a book and I laid back down (we were on the beach) and I felt something funny in the area of my PM abut the same time my friend did this weird gasping sound. She pointed and I looked down and my PM wasn't laying flat...it was on it's side. *gringes* and yes...it hurt. I put my hand over it and it flipped back down. Not very gently I might add. It hurt but felt okay and I started laughing while my friend started panicing telling to to calm down so she could tak my pulse. That just made melaugh harder so she got upset. Anyways... The next day I called my Doc...he says go to the ER. I get there and they do an EKG..pulse is ticking at 60. They page my surgeon and he comes in and I tell him the story. I have him and everyone laughing cause it really was funny. I mean honestly...who flips over their pacemaker?..lol..anyways...He scheduled me for this morning..This is the third one in the last couple of months. Let's hope that it's my last. It's funny when the nurses and staff reconise you. Dr. Burkland's nurse remembered that I dont like to be tied down until after my meds have kicked in. She also was laughing cause I was apparently teasing the doctor that I was still awake and my face was itching. He was taking my mask off and rubbing face in a funny way. So I was laughing and stuff. Once I said ouch cause Dr. Burkland was really getting into me rough-like...he said ,"You felt that?" and I said, "yeah I did but it's okay cause I wont remember it will I?" Everyone started laughing at me. There was also a bet for a car but I'm not sure who and if I actually won (It was me guessing my blood pressure)..lmao. All in all I think it was an okay time. I'm not sure what doctor did but I'm sure he did more than I thought. It felt like more than just a couple of stitches. I did tell my doctor that I was going to start telling people I was in a bar fight because of the three scars I will have there. He said he didn't think it would work cause I'm -so- not intimidating...hrrmmmf. I guess my point in all this is that I'm okay. Also that my doctors are great. I actually gave one a gold star today...was funny. Anyone reading this that may be having one put it, or some problems...no worries. I feel a million times better than I did before May 9th when they put it in for the first time. My friends are threatening to tell my doc to turn in down cause they are having trouble keeping up with me. My fiance (Jason if you guys remember my mushy lil speech about how wonderful he is) says I am myself again and he loves to see the light shinning in my eyes again.

BTW does anyone have myspace? I do and I'm slightly addicted..lol



more to worry about?

by kiljake1 - 2007-06-07 01:06:37

Hi......I had no idea the PM could slip. I am trying to lose at least 40 pounds to get heart healthier.You would think the Doctors would tell of this possibility of weight loss causing a PM problem. Reading this site has taught me jusy how little Doctors tell you..even the good ones. Jim from Newton MA


by hooimom - 2007-06-07 05:06:39

You are a trooper Whimsical, to be able to laugh your way through all of that. A good attitude helps get through the bad things. I am glad you are feeling better than you did before the PM even with the complications. You are an inspiration. Next time I complain about my shoulder pain, I am going to think of you and your flipped PM. I don't have it so bad!


Mine is sideways

by Suze - 2007-06-07 09:06:32

I'm sorry you had to go through this ordeal -- funny or not. Rusty is right when he says you have a good perspective on all this.

The thing is...mine turned on it's side two months after it was implanted. I called, went right in to the EP cardio office and was told not to worry. They thought it was due to losing a lot of weight. They said they see this once in a while and that the wires have room to twist because of the way they are put in. ( I was worried they might pull out of the unit). The pacer has been on it's side for over 9 months and checks out OK.

Take care,


by randrews - 2007-06-07 09:06:49

I'm sorry you had to go back in and see the surgeon again. but you sure have a great perspective that will help me. Some of this stuff really is curious and odd.
I hope you learned your lesson, no more hitting people with books.
take care,


by Jeffia - 2007-06-15 07:06:15

I have just read your story and aloud to my family. Wow you have a great sense of humour. I haven't got my ICD yet - 2 weeks away, but it's great to hear you making light of a serious situation. Aussies do that a lot to help deal with emotion - you know sick jokes and stuff.
Good luck - and may I suggest you stop hitting friends with books! (I'm a Librarian) LOL. Jeffia

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