Most Recent Messages in General Posting

We got our dog!

Hi Everyone - For those of you who were on this site a month ago you know our little 10 y/o poodle, Charlie, died March 2 from a heart attack. All you dog lovers know exactly what my husband and I went through. My kids and grandkids, too. Well, Sunday, April 1 we adopted a little 2.5 y/o blond-colored, male miniature poodle. I started looking online just a couple of days after we lost our Charlie. We knew we wanted a rescued poodle if we could possibly find one locally. We named him, Shugg...

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circulation

Has anyone ever experienced a change of skin color in their arm from the pacemaker. I have noticed quite often my left arm and hand are visibly darker in color than my right arm.

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Help me Sleep!

Helo all: Colleen here, I have posted this before but nobody let me know what they thought. I have a big problemsince I got my ICD in 2005. I cant sleep. I have been taking Gravol every night since and I have to admit that I am addicted to them. It seems to be the only thing tht helps me fall asleep. I have tried everything from sleep aids to warm milk to relaxation periods to herbal remedies. I am so scared that I am addicted that I tried for two nights of not taking the gravol, but slept maybe...

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My Mother-in-law

My mother-in-law has a pace/defib since 2005, she is in her late 70's and her health is failing. It is like her body is dying but her heart is still strong! Is the pac/defib designed to keep her heart beating even if the rest of her body is withering away?

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Looking for.........

a support group for members to actually meet in Edmonton, Alberta.

Take care all & keep smiling

Suzzy123

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blood pressure

This message is for Tammy about low blood pressure. My blood pressure is normally low 90/60 normal for me , but in the evening my pressure will drop to 60/48 or lower. They have no idea why?? and yes I do faint. I have started to go to bed as soon as the feeling comes on and I will usually sleep a couple of hours and feel better and my pressure will be back up. This started with my pacemaker and has continued since i received it in 2006.I am still working and continuing along with my life as...

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holding me back!

I'm a female soldier in the Australian Army, and I love it. The problem I have is in July of last year I collapsed and after exhaustive tests, was found to have Mobitz2, with possible Mobitz3, and bradychardia, which the specialists believed led to my collapses and which could be fixed with a pacemaker. September it went in(deep under my muscle) and I haven't had an incident since. I train just as hard, if not harder, than ever. I have never failed a fitness test,infact I am told I give the youn...

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CORRECTION FROM POST EARLIER

I met to say i'm working at the liquor and smoke shop at Safeway...... I apoloize for misspell..It's been a long 3 days, 8 1/2 hours 2 days, on my feet and 4 hours sitting for testing........

But I do need to be advices on my earlier post please.

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Blood Pressure!

Lately I have been feeling weak. I was really hoping that getting the pacemaker placed in would makes things get better but it doesn't seem that things work that way it sure does take a process. I called in last week b/c my left hand was completely numb and I had so much chest discomfort and was also dizzy. They got me in and said my b/p was low and I was dehydrated. They said that the hand was going numb because of my voltage being high and that they wouldn't lower in until 6 weeks. It is set a...

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question

Hey all,

I have a question, I went back to work this past Sat for the first time in 8 yrs. I've had my pm now 5 yrs this yr. I have a question, I'll be working at safeway grocery store @ their Liquid store, and I was told i had to left up to 30 - 50 pds, and no exception, Pm or Not.... Can someone tell me, if a business is allow to say this to you?

Or do they, have to work with me on this?

Please advice. I really want to keep my job, cuz Its Union benfits and c...

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How long does it take

Hi everyone~ I have posted before but now am under a different name due to the changes on the site. I'm wondering-how long does it take to feel better? Had my 1st PM put in on 12/28/06 and felt very tired to begin with and have been feeling more energenic but at times still get very tired. All my PM checks have been good so I don't think there is a problem there. Am I just hoping to recover faster than what it really takes. Can finally walk on the treadmill 20 minutes at a slow pace but sti...

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Where am I?

Blake , I went into list of members and I am not there, Can you help find me???lol Colleen

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Weird Question...

I'm looking at possibly having my pacemaker replaced in the near future (or whenever the battery dies) and mine is pretty old, so its bigger than the ones are now. My question is, won't the pocket be too big?? Is it going to look funny?? And what if I decide not to get one put back in at all (this may be an option for me) will it leave a large indent?? I had my PM put in when I was 11, so the muscle grew around, its flat , doesn't stick out at all. Thanks for any info!! -Patti

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WE SHOULD ALL THANK MR. JOHN HOPPS

John Hopps, a Canadian, invented the first heart pacemaker. At the age of 21, he joined the National Research Council in 1941 after training at the University of Manitoba as an electrical engineer. He found that by using mechanical means the heart could be artificially started again after it was exposed to a cooling process. With this discovery, Hopps was able to build the first pacemaker in 1950.


In 1958, the first pacemaker was implanted in a human body. Unfortunately in...

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my update

I had my medtronic dual chamber pm put in on 3/19 and had a tough time adjusting to it. I had passed out at home, was taken to the hospital and the next day it was put in. I felt bad and the subsequent anxiety was overwhelming. Since then I have seen the doctors who assured me all things looked normal. So now I am back to running 3-4 miles a day and it feels great. Thank God. But I have this tick or twitch in my lower left chest. It's not the pm but I'm not sure what it is.
Has anyon...

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.::*~*~Happy Birthday Amy!~*~*::.

Amy (Amy29): March 30, 1977 (cool, March 30th and you're turning 30, haha, i'm easily amused once again :)

A is for Amiable
M is for Magnificent
Y? B/c you really are amiable and magnificent.

Or (in light of heart topics) it could also be:
A is for Arrhythmia
M is for Mitral Valve
Y is for “Yo, that EKG doesn’t look right.”

Happy B-day and I hope you are doing well.
Take care!
~valerie

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They're Out to Get Us Folks

I tried to answer the question about pacemakers and polygraphs but couldn't find any mention of the two anywhere in the same sentence. BUT I did find info about a company which sells a "Shocking Lie Detector" which you can take to parties to amaze and amuse your friends by exposing them as liars. It requires 3 AAA batteries. Your victim (and soon to be former friend) straps his hand down on this dome shaped contraption and you ask a question. No fair asking something he can answer truthfully....

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Update on Me & Love to All of You

Hi everybody. All went well on Tuesday and I now have a St. Jude 5386 upgrade in my chest, supposedly the top of the line. We were surprised to find that I have no underlying rhythm on my own, so No. 5386 had better be taking care of business. I had to stay overnight due to "complications." Not to be too graphic, but this involved supper not staying where supper belongs. My daughter in law should be nominated for sainthood! Abbey refused to eat while I was gone, so her first order of busin...

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Wake up call; again

Well it has been one week since my PM was installed. So far no problems. I head in for my first check up today and looking forward to a clean bill of heath with it.
You know this has been quite a ride. It all started with a TIA in 87. That was brought on by a stupid activity of helping my son and his friend carry a deer up a ravine while in the second stages of a real bad cold. My second episode occurred in 95; after ignoring dozens of warning signs I ended up with an angina attack, which...

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MY KIDS AND I

Hello to all my friends! I'm going to share something my kids and I did this weekend. The other day I saw a Beaver going under the house. I told my kids about it and sure enough they wanted to catch it. I was a little skeptical but went on with the mission. We made a trap with some old fencing. We made it with a trap door.................WOW, the kids said. It was raining that evening and after I made the trap we sat down to figure out what kind of food beavers eat. My daughter said l...

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