Trying to come back but not sure to what.
About a month ago a pacemaker was implanted. I was cardioverted 4 days ago. Three days after release from the hospital I did some slow treadmill running. I kept it up until (8 days) several PM recipients and a nurse described in detail what happens if I get an infection. So I stopped. Two days later my doc returned me to running. Only limitations were to not swing my arms to wide because I might dislodge a lead. I ran mostly 5 miles a day and last Thursday I ran 7.5 miles easy with a few stops. My strength is returning but I am not there yet. During the run I wore a running vest. In the last mile or so the vest irritated my skin near the PM. The next day was the cardioversion. After the cv, the doctor was conerned about a couple of red streaks near the area of the incision. I told him it got irritated from a running vest but he said we don't play around when it involves a heart. He placed me on antibiotics along with blood thinners I was alreayd taking. I was rebandaged. He said don't wear a running vest anymore. I did get checked yesterday and it was confirmed that I do NOT have an infection. He replaced the bangage and wanted me to continue taking antibiotics (even though I don't have an infection). I ran later that day and completed a slow 5k and did the same this morning. I will do the same tomorrow and probably before I see my doc on Thursday. I was more upset today with not the PM or the recovery from its implant but with a chronic muscle pull at the top of my left hamstring/butt area. I'm stuck at 5.0 mph (12:00 pace). I guess I've been dealing with cardiac issues since childhood but it never sunk in until I was placed on the surgical table. It was always bunched together with pulled muscles, fractures and everything else that I've hurt or damaged when I ran over the past 46 years. I used to run ultras. I can barely make those 7 or so miles running slow... I guess the damage caught up with my age (63). The PM makes me feel that much older. It will be a while before my self-image catches up with my physical condition(s). Thanks for letting me rant. No need to respond. It let me see what I am thinking about as I recover.