Most Recent Messages in Coping

my husband

Dear pacer and ICD friends,

I just wanted you all to know that my husband lost his battle with heart disease last night. He was very very sick and just couldn't do it anymore. I want to thank you all for being such a great support and source of information while I was searching for answers for him.

Please keep up your good work and stay strong. God bless you all.

Kathy

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Thanks

Thanks for your messages guys they make me feel a lot better. I told my boyfriend about this site when I visited him in hospital today and he can't wait to have a look at it when he gets out - hopefully soon, and with his new pacemaker!

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Seatbelt problem

I never could understand why some of you pacers out there were having such discomfort from the driver's seat belt/shoulder harness position. Well, I drove my son's car today - and Holy Moley! Could they make the shoulder belt any lower, tighter or pacemaker unfriendly? It was a Chevy Trailblazer and I could not get it comfortable. Thankfully, I won't have to drive it again. Now I know what some of you are talking about.
I guess we all have to not only test drive future cars, but look for...

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New pacemaker

Hi everyone,

My boyfriend, who's 23 years old, is waiting to have a pacemaker fitted, after he collapsed at home 3 weeks ago. He's been in the local hospital in South Wales ever since waiting for a bed in the specialist hospital 40 miles away, where the op will be done. He was born with a murmur (which disappeared), a 2:1 heart block and AV and sinus node disease, so we knew he'd probably need a pacemaker some day, just not in these circumstances. I was just wondering if anyone has an...

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How to stay alive and healthy

Go to the three below Web Sites and live long and healthy:

http://www.angioprim.com/Learnmore/howitworks.asp?RepID=20534

http://www.plaqueprevention.com/?RepID=20534

http://personal.lig.bellsouth.net/g/a/gagliant/Email/HelpfulHints(4).html

Let me know what you think.

Cheers and good health to you and yours,

Anthony J. (Tony) Gagliano, Sr.

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FOUR WEEKS

HELLO

I AM IN MY FOURTH WEEK SINCE MY PM WAS IMPLANTED. AM FINALLY STARTING TO FEEL BETER, CANNOT GO BACK TO WORK AS OF YET (ONLY A PART-TIME JOB). I STILL HAVE RESTRICTIONS THAT WOULD LIMIT MY WORK POSITION. I WISH MY DOCTOR HAD SAT DOWN AND EXPLAINED WHAT THINGS TO LOOK FOR THAT WERE NORMAL AFTER A PM. HAVE HAD TO CALL THE DOCTOR SEVERAL TIMES TO ASK QUETIONS. HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!

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Auntie's Recovery

I posted the other day on something that took the family by storm. My auntie had a acute heart attack. She was sweating and her chest was hurting so bad. She couldn't go up the stairs and decided to call her son to take her to the hospital. After taking her to the hospital they did and EKG and the nurse ripped the paper out of the EKG machine and took off out of the room. My cousin was a bit confused and frighten. Few minutes later and they rushed her to the back and gave her a room. Righ...

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cancer

to-night i need the prayers of the group. my sister-in-law is still hanging on to life barely after no food or drink for 9 days. she is very weak and almost comatose now. we hope that god will take her this night as her husband and children can barely take anymore. it is so hard to see someone you love suffer like this.life does not seem fair at times. it is a cruel disease for sure. it strips people of all dignity. please pray for us. jessie

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WAKING UP AT NIGHT

Hi everyone,

I'm so glad I discovered this site. I have an 18 month old who had a pacemaker implanted 2 months after he was born due to complete heart block -atrioventricular. As he's growing he seems to be having less complete night sleep as he wakes up about the same time almost every night (between 3 and 3:45AM), kicking, stretching forcefully, and upset. He still tries to go to sleep as you can see he's loving his night rest but something is bothering him. I don't understand why t...

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FEELING BETTER AFTER PM

I HAD A PM INSTALLED JUNE 24, 2007. HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT TO NOT FEEL GOOD. I HAVE SOME DAYS OKAY AND O THERS NOT OKAY. SOME SAY IT TAKES SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS .

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weird sensations

Hello everyone:
I had my PM implanted in 2004. For the last 3 months, or so,
I 've been feeling when the heart is stimulated and I feel the shock going up to my throat and short of breath for a couple of seconds. I don't feel dizzy or fainting. Has anyone experience these sensations ?
Thanks,

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update update

Ok, it's a day after my dr visit and at work I have gotten this dizzy spell where I got hot and tingly(I knew it could go south fast lol). The school nurse said my bp was normal. So I'm wondering is this my heart at all?
My doctor put me on Paxil the week before I got the pm. He was thinking the sympoms I was having may have been stress but now I know it was the bradychardia. I'm still taking the paxil. But I'm wondering if anyone else has ever had boughts of dizziness and tingling t...

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AAWWW, I see......

Thank-you, Rusty for asking that question and in such good description. I have had the same problem with pain(shocks/jolts), and DRs tell me it is nothing. Thanx for the other comments as well. Great info. If I am in pain I will be a pain to DRs. I have had pacer for 7 months.

peacemaker

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on my own but doing fine and lovinglife

this my first try at leaving a message.i live in southern england and had my op for my pm 11.04.2007 the op went very well i only had local so was up walking around as soon as i got back to ward.i was in "self caring" ward so had no help from nurses not that i needed any,the only problem ive had is that over here i am not allowed to drive until i see the pm tec next monday ive had hardly any pain and have kept on working,the first week in a sling to remind me not to use my right arm {i am left h...

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Need Helpfor my Mom/80 years old

My mom is 80 years old, and went to the dr complaining of fatigue and heart palpitations. Two weeks later, after a Holder monitor, we were told she needed a pacemaker because her heart was beating too slow, caused by faulty electrical action of her heart. She had a st. judge dual chamber installed mid-March. She seems to be feeling a lot worse, not better. The fatigue and now, depression, are extreme.

We were told by the doctors on Friday (April 26) that they had never heard t...

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frustrated

why can't I get into any of this

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ideas?

Hello all,
I had another event today where I felt dizzy. I have a dual chamber medtronic pm for bradycardia, it only works when my bpm get below 60. I've had 3 real good weeks. I'm not sure why but the last few days I have been feeling like I'm not all there. A little light headed at times. Yesterday, out of the blue I had a wave of numbness come over me and I felt hot. The lightheadedness continued today. After work I went for a run and after 15 minutes I stopped because I was getti...

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Problems in the cold

I am a first time poster and I very pleased to find such a helpful site. I have had a dual unit medtronic defibrillator since September 2002. I look forward to sharing some of my experiences with others, particularly those new to the procedure. For now I need to find out if others are having the same problems as I am.

My experience with the defibrillator has genearlly been very positive after I got over some very long and painful left arm and chest pain issues post surgery (6 mon...

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Hello Kay

Thanks for the message....
Great to hear from fellow Aussie....
Your only a early one with your pacer....
Hope all goes well with it which I am sure it will.....
Message me anytime...
Denise
And if there is anyone who wants to chat feel free....
I would like to know I can help..

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Coping with your Pacer from One who has had one for 42 years

Hi everyone...
I was 8 when I recieved my first pacer....42 years later I am still here and enjoying a wonderful life.
Everyone....Please be postive...think postive and go out and take on the world. Believe me..I've had my share of ups and downs..I've had over 20 ops in my life...but truly I never let it get me down. I am married to a wonderful man,had 4 great kids and now I am the nan to 3 little girls. I have tried to do everything. Even now I still excerise and walk regularly. The...

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You can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’.

Member Quotes

I have had my pacer since 2005. At first it ruled my life. It took some time to calm down and make the mental adjustment. I had trouble sleeping and I worried a lot about pulling wires. Now I just live my life as I wish.