I just had a pacemaker put in last week. A little over a month ago, I fainted while eating dinner. I went, with my wife, to the urgent care the next morning. They set me up to consult with a cardiologist, who decided I should wear a heart monitor for two weeks to see what is going on. He also had me schedule an appointment for an ultrasound of my heart. A week after I sent the monitor back, and while I was at the ultrasound, I had a phone call that I let go to voice mail. When I checked my voice mail after the ultrasound, it was the cardiologist office telling me that they had detected eight events in which my heart had stopped beating for anywhere from two seconds to seven seconds. I later learned that there had also been a three-second stop while I was in the ultrasound. I was told I needed to check into the emergency room immediately. I went in and they were expecting me. I was kept overnight and my pacemaker was put in early the next morning. I am now home and trying to recover. As a warehouse employee who is used to slinging chains and straps all day to tie down heavy loads on flatbed trailers, I am trying to understand how this will affect my job and my family. I am restricted from any heavy lifting with my left arm until early August, and strongly advised against any heavy lifting altogether until then. From what I understand, this is just to give time for the muscle tissue of the heart to grow around the wires that go to my pacemaker. This is all so new to me and I really want to get back normal, if such a thing even exists.
You know you're wired when...
Your favorite poem is Ode to a Cardiac Node.
Your hearts electrical system has a manmade helper. A helper that only knows to do what it is programmed to do and will perform that function day in and day out, without fail. Now, go enjoy your new grip on life.