Facing belly surgery to repair an incisional hernia on 7 Jan. Last week had a PM check & battery life now projected at less than a month to 20 months. RN from pacer clinic says "No Sweat, you still have 20 months." Interesting note is that it went from 1 month to less than 1 month in a month. Hmmmm! That sounds like a 60 day drop in 30 days. Today went to Coumadin clinic. RN takes my pulse on an automatic device & it says HR = 55 BPM./ To which I reply "Impossible, I'm paced at 75 BPM. Either I've entered EOL or I just had a buch of PVC's. How qabout taking pulse manually?" So she does it manualy. HR = 70 BPM. "Did I have a bunch of PVC's?" Yes was her answer. Mon I'll have a discussion w/ my Cardio's old head nurse & we wil sort out where to go. Her first response to me was to broach it to the surgeon doing the job. (Mine, too!) Her rationale was tyhe same as mine - entering a major surgery w/ a PM rapidly approaching EOL is a bit risky, considering that I had major complications following last two belly surgeries.
Give me some opinions on the subject.