We are home again, home again jiggty a jig

Greetings Everyone! ;-)

My husband and I have returned home from our wonderful visit with Nina and Peter. We had a fantastic time! It was so wonderful to actually meet and chat with someone who has heart issues as I do. What great friends my husband and I have made in Nina and Peter. We shall remember this trip for the rest of our lives.

Travel was quite easy internationally speaking. No problems if one does not mind being personally body searched each time one enters a secured area. (customs) Port of Entry. It was not that bad. The last leg of the trip home was the shortest flight, however it was the most troubling. Our flight left Houston late by 2.5 hours so the Pilot made up some time in the air by flying faster..... Uhmmm there went the pacer! (my heart was beating all over the place) I had some problems with it as our seats were very close to the engines. I could actually see into the jet engine, that's how close I was sitting. Yes it was a very small jet. After we landed I was just fine again. So glad it wasn't a longer flight! No permanent damage. I see the cardiologist in 2 weeks anyway just in case. ;-) The time difference is taking some work to get me back on track, but I believe I am doing well.

It's nice to be home. Take care fellow pacers, happy travels to you!
Pacergirl and Hubby ;-)



by Stepford_Wife - 2007-05-27 04:05:18

Hi pacer girl.

Is that a British expression, or the jet lag talking? Hehehe!
It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Was it your first time overseas?
Welcome back! Your travel news give me the courage
( may be ) to attempt going home to France for a visit.
Take care,
~ Dominique ~

I was so tired when I sent that post! ;-)

by pacergirl - 2007-05-27 04:05:39

Hi Dominique ;-) I am still suffering from jet lag! Small price to pay for the wonderful time we had. Make your plans and enjoy your life is what I like to say!!!
Pacergirl ;-)

Home Again

by SMITTY - 2007-05-27 12:05:28

Hi Pacergirl,

Welcome back. I'm glad to hear you and hubby had such an enjoyable visit wiith Nina and Peter. They don't know it yet, but they are on the top of my list of peple to visit the next time I get to that part of the world. (In case they read this, Dot and I will not just drop in unannounced. We will give you ample warning so you can go hide.)

Your pacemaekr experience while on the plane trying to make up some lost time is not the first time I have heard of people having such problem. Below is an excerpt from a comment Posted by DMcCloud on 2007-02-13 20:07

"I had my pacemaker implanted in 1997 and adapted to it easily. About a year after getting it, I experienced some problems on a flight (Boeing 737) from Atlanta to Houston where I lived at the time. After we got to altitude, which I found out to be around 38,000 feet, I began experiencing weakness and felt I was about to pass out. I broke into a cold sweat and was very uncomfortable. I like to describe the feeling as "running on 2 cylinders". At the time, I thought that something was interfering with my pacemaker. The problems went away when the plane slowed to descend into Houston.

Afterwards, I wrote the pacemaker manufacturer about the incident and also related the incident to my cardiologist. My doctor pretty much scoffed at the idea and the manufacturer replied with a letter that said something to the effect that no relation had ever been established between problems with pacemakers and airplanes. For years I flew (many, many flights) without another incident, until December, 2006. Flying from LA to Dallas on the redeye (737, about 37,000 feet), I awoke from a dead sleep with the same exact symptoms. I was afraid to attract attention for fear that the crew would divert the plane and I didn't want to be the cause of that. Plus, I have a huge fear of defibrillators and I was afraid I would get zapped if I passed out. The problems again ceased as soon as the plane slowed because turbulence."

Part of my comment a the time, which I will still think is true, was "The one thing I have learned about pacemakers in my seven years with one, is nobody knows all there is to know about these things. There are many, many things these little jewels can and cannot do that have not yet been uncovered. I also know that if you go to your doctor and tell him what you are experiencing you will probably be told “that problem is not caused by your pacemaker.”


dominique and susan and smitty and everyone really

by jessie - 2007-05-28 01:05:35

hi, last friday we flew to seattle with air canada. we then got on a princess cruise and went to alaska for a week. it was very beautiful and scenic. we had a great time. the food was great and we enjoyed it after the first 2 days when i was seasick. the seas were rough for the first two days then settled down once we were in the inside passage. it was our first cruise and i am glad we went. they checked me out at every port and it is quite a nuisance but they were so pleasant and caring. so i agree it was a little nervewracking at frist but i was okay and i am glad i chanced it. i am so glad susan you went to peter and nina's you and tim. just a great thing to do and i am sure they were so pleased to have you visit. so smitty it would be great if you go too. this could be a great thing to get started. we have 3 extra bedrooms here and lots of room both up and down. wehn we arrived home they had almost completed a new deck out back and have matched it up to a small 21 foot pool. it is just big enough for us in this heat and humidity here in the summer. we decided with gas being so expensive we would play more at home and stay off the highways and planes for awhile. i too have jet lag. seattle is 3 hours difference in time and we arrived home at midnite. we ahve been travelling since five this a.m.so take care and god bless you guys , maureen

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