Hi, I'm new. I am 31 yrs old and had 2 open heart surgeries due to congenital heart defects. One at 9 mos and other at 9 yrs old. I have been pacemaker dependent since I was a year old. I have had my current pacer for 18 years. Went to Dr.s last week and its time is apparently up. I am to go in next month for a pacer replacement. I am very unhappy though about the life span of the new pacers. Do I have a choice over what kind I can get? My current is a Guidant. I am not reading nice things about them. Anyone else annoyed that the focus seems to be on all the bells and whistles of the pacemakers as opposed to the battery life? My dinosaur was very simple and it has served me well these past 18 years. I don't want to be in every five years or so! Also, will I really be awake for this surgery?, will I feel any pain, how long out of work, how long before I can drive, swim, shower. Will I have a lot more energy and more exercise tolerance? How long is the scar? My current is 3 inches. As you can see I have a lot of questions and have not even heard back from the Dr. since last weeks apt. as to when the surgery will be.....
You know you're wired when...
You need to be re-booted each morning.
I still feel great today and cant stop feeling excited at my "new" life. Modern day miracles through medicine and electronic devices are amazing!