Touring Musicians with a Pacemaker
I've only just joined this group - because until Tuesday morning, I had no need to.
I'm 42, from the UK and I work as a touring musician - principally a guitar player. It's what I love, and I'm so lucky to have made a career out of playing music and touring the world. Last Sunday I played the last show of an Australian tour (which was fantastic) and started to feel exhausted. A few hours later I was in the ICU covered in wires and drips and had received CPR twice already, my heart having stopped for around 30 seconds each time.
I have a Pacemaker now which I'm slowly getting used to, the pain from the surgery is easing. But for me the big change is still to come - taking the required considerations when performing live, especially when playing an electric guitar, using giutar and bass amplifiers, RF transmitters and power amps and PA speaker stacks.
I contacted Boston Scientific, the manufacturors of my particular PM, for some suggestions and some advice.
I thought it worth sharing with this forum in case anyone else had the same queries as me.
Feel free to download a PDF of my email here:
Hope this is of use. If anyone else has any good suggestions for me I'd love to keep this message thread open for some discussion about dealing with similar situations.
All the best. Thanks for having me in the group.