I'm new to the PM world...
Hi everyone! I am a 53 yr old woman who just had my first PM installed/implanted (?) on Tuesday, after going through 4 cardioversions, 3 Ablations, and 2 years of pure misery! I am still not sure I like being a Bionic Woman, but the humor I have read here in my first 1/2 hour on site, has helped tremendously! I feel lighter already.
My pacer is a St. Jude Victory 2 wire unit. I am paced 100% of the time right now, as my body tries to adjust to the device. It is smaller than I expected, and the insision is also much smaller than I thought it would be. Actually, I have been wearing blouses that are showing off the site. It was done unconciously, but for some reason I feel proud of my battle scar! Strange, huh?
I am wondering if anyone "out there" can give me some info regarding recovery? I feel some pain under my right arm, (I am left handed/ ambidexerous), and think that is from the lack of use. I also have been feeling some"lump in the throat" palpitations. (Maybe just my anxiety?) Last night I swore I could hear the Deepest Bass a car radio could possible play at 10PM, although it was muffled, as though it was far away. (We live in the country). My partner couldn't hear anything at all. After hearing my heartbeat pound in my ears for two years, can I now actually be hearing the Pacer as my heart beats? (Will I never be quiet again! LOL!) I also am wondering how long before the soreness should go away? I want to take up Yoga, and Golf, but am waiting for the healing to do it's thing first.
I am extremely excited to find this site. I have been trying for months to find something like this, where there are actual answers for the questions I am struggling with. I guess, since this is my first time on the net since my implantation, "All things come in their own time..."
Any information, answers, or even just gentle words to a newbie, will be most greatly appreciated.
Thank you... for being here for me, as I will now be here for you...
You know you're wired when...
You get your device tuned-up for hot dates.
I had a pacemaker when I was 11. I never once thought I wasn't a 'normal kid' nor was I ever treated differently because of it. I could do everything all my friends were doing; I just happened to have a battery attached to my heart to help it work.