on my own but doing fine and lovinglife

this my first try at leaving a message.i live in southern england and had my op for my pm 11.04.2007 the op went very well i only had local so was up walking around as soon as i got back to ward.i was in "self caring" ward so had no help from nurses not that i needed any,the only problem ive had is that over here i am not allowed to drive until i see the pm tec next monday ive had hardly any pain and have kept on working,the first week in a sling to remind me not to use my right arm {i am left handed}but still had trouble hanging out washing etc, as i live alone i had no help but i think this does help you to get on with life ! i have not had any black-out since and am doing fine.



by Suze - 2007-05-08 01:05:03

Hello Kathy-
Welcome to the PM club. You will love it here

Also, thanks for taking the time to share your good news regarding your recovery. We love hearing positive experiences.

Again, a big wecome...

Take good care,

on your own

by CathrynB - 2007-05-08 11:05:10

Hi Kathy, welcome to the PM Club! I'm pleased and amazed to hear how well things have gone for you, especially since you had no nursing care in the hospital, and live alone with no help -- wow! I was perplexed at first that your doctor said you can't drive for 6 months, but then realized in Europe you write the date differently than we do in the U.S. -- so it wasn't November 4 when you got your PM, but April 11 -- lol!!! I'm especially glad to hear you're not blacking out and have had very little pain. Take care and let us know how your 6-week visit with the tech goes next Monday. Cathryn

Greetings from So California

by auntiesamm - 2007-05-09 02:05:54

Hello Kathy and welcome to the Pacemaker Club and this terrific website. It is always refreshing to read of someone who has had an easy recovery. I am so glad Kathryn pointed out the date is different in Europe. At first I wondered why you weren't driving after 6 months! People out there who are anticipating getting a pacer need to read about the successful implants and quick recoveries. Sometimes we get so focused on the problems, etc., that we might scare people who are preparing for a cardiac device. It is healthy to have a mix of all the experiences. Believe it or not neither the doctor or the discharge nurse told me not to drive so I drove the 3rd post-op day. I had to pad the implant site a bit under the seatbelt but otherwise no problems. Well enough of this. I look forward to your future postings. You will find this is a very friendly, supportive group of folks who really care about one another though we have never met and most likely never will. Take care, and God bless.


by Surferman - 2007-05-09 12:05:58

Hello, Kathy-
You're going to love being a member of the PM Club.
You sound like you're doing well. Like you, I had very little pain but the swelling caused by the surgery took me about six weeks to go away to the point where I could use my arm; also it takes a good four weeks for the leads in your heart to form a goodly amount of scar tissue over them to keep them in place. Even without pain, the first four weeks are needed for the body to adjust to the trauma of the surgery. Be patient with yourself and you temporary limitations. Don't overdue it.
I hope you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was as how much better you'll be sleeping. Surferman


by Blueaustralia - 2007-05-15 12:05:41

Welcome to the PM Club. I come from St Albans.
Head Office of Ela in England and yes, I have an Ela pacemaker. What sort did you receive? It is so good to hear from someone in England. Can you let me know how you go about your checkups as I am planning to come back to my birth country for a while in the next couple of years. It will take a lot of planning so better start now. Take care, pace well, keep well.


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