Wish I had found this club sooner

Hi all, 

wish I'd come across this club sooner and been able to ask questions, I was 25 when I had my pacemaker put in and will be a year next month. Have no idea what the medical term is but was diagonised with having 2 holes in the heart and a lazy valve.. simpleton terms for me blood was going in dropping through a chamber and going back out. 
I haven't had any issues since having it put in and i do feel a bit more energetic, guess i'm lucky enough to carry on doing everything I normally do. I guess I just wanted to pop in and say hi and offer any support that anyone might need. 
thanks all 


5 Comments

Welcome!

by CyborgMike - 2020-06-21 23:39:48

Good to hear that everything is going well for you. I am impressed that you are able to continue welding -- that is fantastic. Your advice will be valuable for other welders that occasionally post on this site.

I was also supposed to die 18 months ago with long pauses at night, but my pacemaker has given me extra game time. I am so lucky that I was born at a time, in a place, and my heart decided to quite working right at the perfect time in history - when medicine and pacemakers are readily available. How freaking lucky is that? Every day is borrowed time. I am so grateful and so is my family.  

yes, you are lucky enough to carry on doing everything you normally do. We all are. Keep living life to its fullest.

:)

by _Claire_ - 2020-06-22 20:30:15

Welcome! Glad everything is good for you. It's a great place to ask questions for sure :)

Hello!

by Sydney.A95 - 2020-06-23 22:19:48

I am 25 now, I also just got mine in last week. How long did it take you to adjust? I'm so glad this group is here, it's the only one I could find which really surprised me! I wish they had an app. 

Not long to adjust

by JEllis26 - 2020-06-24 09:38:32

Hi Sydney, 

it didn't actually take me long to adjust to having it, by not long I mean it still took a couple of weeks to adjust to but you do get accustomed to it quite easily. Trying not to move my arm above my head or washing was probably the hardest part. But that's over pretty quickly. Overall though because we're still quite young it is relatively easy to get use to it, just take time with things though. 

Lucky now. Luckier later...

by Protimenow - 2020-06-29 14:37:14

CyborgMike - I saw your comments about being lucky to have been born at this time, when there's adequate technology and knowledge to help correct your cardiac issues. 

Twenty years from now, you'll be thinking about the primitive ways they did things back in 2020, when the pacemakers will probably be the size of a baby aspirin, be installed through the femur, and attached to the areas of the heart that actually generate the electrical signals that control the heart. They'll have small generators that generate electricity with each beat of the heart, and will coordinate with the other devices that are placed on other nodes, synchronizeing the heartbeats. They may even be smart enough to work with the existing heart 'electronics' to correct them and more carefully control heart rate than we can even dream of today. 

You'll wonder how you actually put up with these primitive devices that form a bulge in your chest or abdomen and have to be replaced every few years, and that someone else has to set and reset. 

New technologies are fine for today - especially in relation to what we've had - or not had - in the past, but this miracle stuff may look rather primitive at some time not too far in the future.

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