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Hi Smitty!

Hi Smitty - Although I have been hit or miss the past few weeks I had not seen a posting from you in quite a while. I was concerned that maybe you were not well. Then this morning there you are telling us all about Hysteresis. Thank you! You are right - that doctor needs to be kicked in the seat of the pants. Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill and then sending the patient off to try to figure out what was just said. Will these docs ever learn to speak in "patient language"? I...

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Ref: (1) week check up

Had my 1st week check up on June 27 (Wednesday) I was
told everything look very good. I was told my PM had 31%
active kicking in to raise my heart rate up, I didn't ask
if this was ok. Anyone out there could comment on this
I would appreciate it very much. Thanks Gene

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Doctors report evidence of "anniversary reaction"

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
Thu Jun 28, 9:08 AM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A woman whose defibrillator activated one week to the hour after her father died, and recorded the event, may provide the first documented evidence of "anniversary reaction," doctors reported.

The defibrillator acted as a pacemaker, perhaps saving the 50-year-old woman's life. Its function of keeping a precise record of when it was activated made it possible to establish the preci...

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I am now a new member...yay

hello everyone,I have been wanting to thank dave and smitty for their comments, but even though I have been logged in, I was unable to comment or post. I joined a couple months ago and have had trouble with this site. thats a shame because I have enjoyed reading what others experiences have been like. So, I just "rejoined" and it let me post a message so maybe this time around I will have better luck. Thank you Dave and Smitty for responding to my comment last week, your info and advice was ver...

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Protection

I am a nurse who sees many pacer patients. I am curious-is there any type of protective shield that can be used so a patient can use power tools,etc.? Any info would be helpful! Thanks!

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From Oz

Hi Folks

Seems ages since I did a posting. Have just scanned through catching up on all the latest. We have gone from drought to flood here in Oz. Last night on the news it showed massive floods in the state of Victoria. (Where rewired Aussie lives) I felt so sorry for the cows stuck in a great sea of water.

We are in the middle of winter having passed the shortest day. I am off to Hobart on Wednesday for my pacemaker check at the Hobart Heart Hospital. My husband ha...

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update from Chicken 1000

Hi everyone. I'm now an official member of the pacemaker club, supposedly sporting the Rolls Royce of pacemakers (hopefully not the cost of a Rolls Royce). :)
The surgery went well but I am very sore, which my doctor says is due to all of the weight training I've been doing in the last 6 months. The muscles were very tight and had to be split and stretched to insert the pacemaker. OUCH! Thank God for Darvocet. :)
Thanks to everyone for the bra advice (I bought a strapless before m...

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Lenora IS OK

Great news. I have just got off the phone with Lenora. She is not well and recovering at a slow pace. NO pun intended. She sounded tired but was ,it seemed to be, pleasantly surprised that we all cared enough to track her down. I let her know that though we all value each others privacy and respect ones desires to be left alone, we cared and just wanted to be she she was ok. She is . She does not have the strength to post at this time and needs a little to time to deal with it all and is trying...

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getting old to some but...

those that care about her I am sure will be interseted. I am tracking down Lenora as we speak and if I have to I will go to her house myself to check on her. I will take the slack if she is upset as we know she is somewhat of a private person. I will have some news in a few hours and if anything is reprotable I will do so.
Take care all,
Susan

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School assignment

Hello, i have a school assignment and i am doing it on pacemakers. I would really appreciate information on the cost and accessability for a pace maker. Thanks please reply

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Ref percent used on my PM

Hi Cathryn: Appreciate your e-mail reference to percent
of usage on my PM. I don't go back for (3) months and
then I will know what true percentage usage on my PM .
Other wise I feel great and so far a good recovery.
Again thanks for your e-mail information, The PM Club
is great to obtain information and I truly appreciate
the compassion that is shown from the members.
Gene Ray

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Pregnancy and an ICD

Has anyone had a successful pregnancy with an ICD? I am thinking about having another baby and would like some advice... Thank you!

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External defibrillator

My husband had a pacemaker (no ICD) inserted in March with his ventricle being 100% dependent. He's doing well but tires more easily and seems to be more affected by the heat this summer(??). My question......If he has a heart attack, and an external defibrillator is used, how will that affect the pacemaker?

This site has helped us both alot and I thank you all for sharing your experiences!



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hydration

i found out to-day that i did not drink enough. it was 34 degrees here which is almost 100 so it it was hot. drinking lots of water and of course a little bit of sports drinks are good if you can drink them. it especially effects me now since my pacemaker the heat i mean. i become dehydrated easier so i have to watch that i get enough water. to-day it will be hot agin but we expect rain. yesterday i was in the pool all afternoon. so remeber to drink as we need tobe hydrated in this weather jessi...

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WHERE IS LENORA? UPDATE!

May be with this new information, we can get some answers.
I was able to track down the name of the main hospital in Birmingham Alabama.
Brookwood Medical Center, 2010 Brookwood Medical Plaza, Birmingham, Alabama, 35209. Ph # 205-877-1000
Fax # 205-871-0534
It's a start in the right direction. I could be completely wrong, but with Lenora's credentials, it makes sense that this would be the likely place for her to be.
I haven't...

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Debit card reader gone haywire!

I stopped at a gift store to buy some thank you cards and when I was using my debit card in the card reader I noticed when I typed in the code the reader was causing a vibration up my entire arm and across my chest! I took my hand off of the reader and it stopped the sensation. I tried to retype the code and again it did it again. So I told the cashier and she said yes she knew about the reader and it was "acting funny" all day! I told her it was effecting my pacemaker and it could quite possi...

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WHERE IS LENORA?

Well people, it seems that all your attempts at reaching Lenora have failed.
You might as well accept the fact that Lenora has flown the coop.
The last message, ( or one of the last,) she posted, dealt with her dog having been attacked by another dog, while she took him on a walk.
I know how much she loves that dog, from some of the stories she shared about him occasionally. And if anything happened to him, it would explain her silence.
She strikes me as a private person, and...

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More info on endless pain?

HI again everyone! I am writing my next chapter in this crazy saga.....

Thank you to all for your suggestions and concerns. I am pursuing every one that I can.

I just had another scan called a gallium scan done to see about infection and/or inflammation. I retrieved the report myself as it was sent to the wrong doctor. It came back mostly inconclusive; the only thing I had was a "faint" spot on the scan around the pacemaker, possibly indicative of infection or inflammation....

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Once again!!

Hi everyone!

Well, just when I thought that I was doing well enough to return to work...bam!

I just finished two weeks off after my pacemaker implant and was building up my stamina and such when Saturday evening, during Mass, I collapsed after feeling some heavy dizziness coming on. I tried to breathe through it, but nope. I awoke with two parishioners standing over me and my head in the hands of my wife as I lay in the pew. Fortunately, the one fellow next to me was a r...

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Pacemaker Dependent and Pregnancy?

Hello everyone! I'm a 28 year-old pacemaker dependent woman wondering if anyone here has had any complications from being pacemaker dependent and pregnant? I have the approval from both of my EP Cardiologists, my OB/GYN and my Perionatologist to get pregnant, but my parents are against me having a child because they fear that I will go into CHF. BTW- my husband and I have been married for over 3 years, and I've been pacemaker dependent since the age of 25. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't afr...

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