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BLAST!

OH NO!
My deepest apologies to Bob (bowlrbob). I’m so sorry for not typing this sooner! Hopefully you were born in the western time zone; specifically anytime after 9pm. This way, I still have at least 3 more hours to wish you a

“HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”
Bowlrbob: March 24, 1942
I hope you have (or had *sigh*) a wonderful day! I assume you like to bowl? If so, then let me restate my apology this way: Please excuse my gutter ball, lol
Take care,
~valerie

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chat room

I am going in the chat room if anyone is interested. 7:50 pacific time.

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Allergic to tape

I got my PM on Monday. After surgery the DR. covered my wound , and used a clear tape to cover the whole thing. Boy, within a few hours, I felt a burning. I looked, and the whole area underneath the tape was red and swollen. They removed the tape (which also removed several layers of sore skin, as well - OUCH!) I had to stay in the hospital 2 extra days due to the threat of infection. Who would think -- the tape? Barb.

P.S. The PM is doing find.

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Home from the hospital after PM.

As the PM was installed, I felt a warmth spread throughout my chest. I figured that it was the increased bloodflow. (My pulse was only 36, and now it is 60 -- some difference.) My PM is a CYLOS DR by Biotronik.
This site and the questions and replied of all you wonderful people helped me prepare for surgery. Thank you all from the bottom of my (now faster) heart. Barbara

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I'm new to the PM world...

Hi everyone! I am a 53 yr old woman who just had my first PM installed/implanted (?) on Tuesday, after going through 4 cardioversions, 3 Ablations, and 2 years of pure misery! I am still not sure I like being a Bionic Woman, but the humor I have read here in my first 1/2 hour on site, has helped tremendously! I feel lighter already.
My pacer is a St. Jude Victory 2 wire unit. I am paced 100% of the time right now, as my body tries to adjust to the device. It is smaller than I expected,...

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Pacer's in Boston

Hi!

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the start of summer.

So I was wondering would any Pacers in Boston, MA want to do like an outing! Such as a picnic near the Charles River or at a Park near Harvard Square. I think it would be cool to have a Pacers Unite thing...

Please let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions.. Let's pass around ideas, I'll try and set something up...

Have a great day!
- Alexis

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Pain in armpit

Has anyone had pain under their armpit after having the implant? I have some pain there but I think it's because I just haven't been lifting my arm over my head since the surgery. Now that I can I'm guessing it's just sore from not moving that way for so long.

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Outings ;-)

Greetings Everyone,
Just a quick note to let you know what a fantastic time we are having here in the UK! Peter and Nina have been the most gracious host! We have been out to see the countryside today where we enjoyed a beautiful lunch at a wonderful English Pub. Nina and I have also spent some time shopping! We have also been to view some beautiful churches and the open air market in Great Yarmouth.
We are so thankful to be here, what a gift it is to be with such wonderful frie...

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Very discouraged

Hello Everyone,

A few weeks ago I posted looking for anyone else out there like me and no one responded with a similar situation. I am getting very discouraged and worried. I am back at Mass General once or twice a week because of problems with my PM. They just can't seem to get the settings right. My problem is my heartrate dropping dramatically when I exercise but this week, as I was exercising my heart went the other direction. I have a very high heart rate to begin with when...

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Pacer's in Boston MA

Hi!

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the start of summer.

So I was wondering would any Pacers in Boston, MA want to do like an outing! Such as a picnic near the Charles River or at a Park near Harvard Square. I think it would be cool to have a Pacers Unite thing...

Please let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions... Come one come all and I'll try and set something up...

Have a great day!
- Alexis

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Pacers to best friends in less than a year

Hi All,
Just to say what a great time we are having here,
Susan and Tim are wonderful people,I still can't believe they came all the way from the States to see me......and thanks to all of you that gave me the encouragement to get fit again .I would like to say that I did manage to meet them on arrival in the UK so mission accomplished!!!!
Even the English weather has been kind to us it has been warm and sunny so far this week.
This has been an experience of a life time for m...

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Static electricity shocks

I read the message from Starrider about the shock from a laptop which made me think about this. I feel that after I got my pm I get more static shocks and that they are bigger than before the pm. Sometimes it even feels like the pm stops for a few seconds - I am 100% paced and the feeling I get is like when the pm is turned off by the tech who check the battery on the pm.
Anyone else have the same experience?
Thanks

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Help!

I know i've already talked to some of you and how so many of you have helped me with everything lately. I had my appointment today to see what else they can do for me the options aren't so exciting. My SA Node seriously has a mind of it's own. The SA seriously thinks that it can overpower everything else.
I go in for another ablation on June 19th. I feel like i'm a pro now at these. The doctor said that they see that having two happens some but three times doesn't happen as often. Has a...

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Don't worry Blake...

...for all of our thoughts and prayers will be with you during your ablation on Wednesday!
So that comes to a total of one zillion thoughts and an infinite amount of prayers. That should hold you off till then :)
May God bless you and your family.

Take care!
~valerie
P.S. send us post cards......well,...okay, how about just an update when you are feeling in tip top shape (or "tick tock" shape). I added that corny joke just for you.

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when is the best time to get paced

This is my second time trying to post this, so apologies if the last one went through and I am repeating myself.

Hello Everyone,
I am looking for thoughts or advise from mums with pacemakers on when is the best time to get a pacemaker.

I have a complete congential heart block, but to date I am relatively asymptomatic. I have been doing alot of reading re congenital heart block and it has scared the living daylights out of me. On my last visit to my cardiologist we de...

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when is the best time to get paced

This is my second time trying to post this, so apologies if the last one went through and I am repeating myself.

Hello Everyone,
I am looking for thoughts or advise from mums with pacemakers on when is the best time to get a pacemaker.

I have a complete congential heart block, but to date I am relatively asymptomatic. I have been doing alot of reading re congenital heart block and it has scared the living daylights out of me. On my last visit to my cardiologist we de...

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Home from the Hospital....

I wanted to let you know that I am home from the hospital in Burbank and have had quite a week. Let me start by reporting that I had lead extraction and pacemaker replacement due to multiple problems with my PM since the initial implantation in April 2005. This surgery was done by a wonderful physician that I would highly recommend if anyone is in need of this procedure. There was one very serious complication which was that I went in to a late stage cardiac tamponade (SP?) in that my heart w...

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Today's Special Pacer:

Todd.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODD!

Todd Harris (tah1432): May 22, 1970

37 in 2007……you wouldn’t happen to be born at 7am or pm would you? Because that would be cool:

Born at 7, and now your 37 and its 2007
All these 7s! I feel a lottery number coming on….

May you have a wonderful birthday and perhaps win the lotto :)

Take care,
~valerie

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felt electrical shock from laptop?

Hello folks...

This laptop has been overheat and shutting down...And this morning i got a shock in my left hand while lifting one corner of it. Actually got shock a couple of time.

I did call up the manufacturer...and checked the web site...seems this particular model does have issues...and was advise to bring it in...

In the meantime...still typing on it ...how ever wearing a rubber glove on the left hand.

Opinions...Smitty?...anyone...

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Bradycardia and atenolol

After a routine check up revealed Afib, I saw a cardiologist who put me on Atenolol to slow the heart 50mgs. A week later I was having dizzy spells, went in to emergency at Brigham and Women's where it was confirmed that my heart beat was slowing down to as low as 7 beats per minute at times.The Dr. recommended a pacemaker and I reluctantly agreed. Now I am starting to wonder, if I had gone off the atenolol long enough, would the bradycardia have stopped. In other words was the pacemaker necessa...

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