Icd tomorrow

Hi everyone. I am due to get my ICD implanted tomorrow. I've been crying all day, I've had my pre-surgical check up. Just can't seem to get my emotions under control. I have no symptoms what so ever so to me it makes it tougher to accept.  Hoping I don't slip into depression even though I'm not normally a depressed person. I am choosing to get mine implanted under the muscle. Yes for cosmetic reasons because I am a 55-year-old woman. The healing process will be longer I know this. But women get breast augmentation's under the muscle and if they can deal with it I am hoping I can deal with it.

any words of encouragement and advice?


this form has helped me a lot so I thank all of you



You got this

by AgentX86 - 2019-11-25 21:55:32

The chances are 99.9% that nothing serious will go wrong.  You'll look back at this time, if you even remember to look, as a big nothing.  We're all different so some will have significant pain, others won't have much at all, but most will fall in the middle.  Really, though, is a few days or a week of pain really a big deal every ten years, or so?  I've had that sort of pain when I had a wisdom tooth pulled.

As for the emotional distress caused by needing a pacemaker...  It's looking at the issue ass-backwards.  The pacemaker will make your life longer and better.  Think of it as the positive it is.  Your heart let you down.  So what? The PM fixes it.  Next problem.

As a friend said, "getting old isn't for sissies", to which I added "but it beats the alternative".

Really, you have this.  It's a simple procedure - easier than a tooth extraction, IMO.  All I needed was a couple of local anesthetics - one in the leg for the AV ablation and one in the shoulder for the PM implant.  You will have a little more discomfort than most since it's going under the muscle but it's worth it for cosmetic reasons, right?

keep your head up!

by RedRocksGirl - 2019-11-25 22:56:37

I know it's scary! I'm a very upbeat, positive person and was a complete emotional wreck the day before - which also freaked me out because thats so NOT me. I don't know that I've ever cried so much in my life  - and I lost my leg at age 10 to bone cancer and had a brain tumor removed 7 years ago, so have been through some stuff! Those were cake for me emotionally f compared to my ICD. I don't know what it is about this procedure that makes it so emotional, but seriously as soon as it was over I was so relieved and felt SO much better. I think its a lot of build up and the whole factor of what's to come being so unknown. I talked to as many people as I could the weeks before my procedure who had been through it as well, but I still was very unsetteled about it. 

Try the best you can to know that as soon as the procedure is over and you get through those first 2 weeks that you'll be feeling so much better, physically and emotionally. It does get easier. Just be patient and gentle with yourself, allow yourself to feel what you're feeling and move through it. It's ok to be anxious, in time you'll see that life is good and you'll be back in the swing of things.

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow! You got this, girl! 

Thank you!

by Summerlove17 - 2019-11-25 23:12:59

Thank you both so much for your words. It really means a lot to me!  Thank God for this formum and thank God for people like you that open up and share their experience. 
I will try and check in tomorrow night. I am spending the night in the hospital.  I will certainly have a lot to be thankful for on Thursday!!

thanks again ♥️

Good luck

by Ddefalco326 - 2019-11-27 00:53:04

i hope all went well with your surgery. Now that it is over, just focus on recovery for now. I know for me, the emotional part didn’t really hit me for a few weeks after the surgery. If that happens, find someone to share your thoughts with and work through your feelings. This forum has been a godsend for me. We all have different reactions to this life changing surgery, both physically and emotionally, but we are all here to help each other in any way that we can.

Going home!

by Summerlove17 - 2019-11-27 10:34:55

Good morning everyone. Thank you so much for all your support. I had my ICD installed yesterday. I had to stay over in the hospital because my blood pressure went down as far as 78/40.  It was in part because they had me take Manchester in the morning which I should never have done before my surgery and anesthesia. They successfully installed it under the muscle.  It's now about 109/60 which is really good. Good morning everyone. Thank you so much for all your support. I had my ICD installed yesterday. I had to stay over in the hospital because my blood pressure went down as far as 78/40. It's now about 109/60 which is really good. I'm in discomfort but that's OK it's expected. So glad I joined this forum as all of you have been a godsend!



by Ddefalco326 - 2019-11-27 13:51:12

So happy to hear that most everything went well. After my pacemaker implant 9/12/19, I also had to stay overnight ( just their protocol). My bp went down to 79/45, and I wasn’t on any medication. It may take some time for your body to adjust to your new hardware. Just be sure to let your doctor know what is happening. I hope the discomfort doesn’t last long. Happy Thanksgiving!


by harveyromano - 2019-11-28 04:38:11

I hope all went well with your surgery. 

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