A "Blaze" of hope
My name is Brian. I am a 60 year old active father of 2 and grandfather of 7. I just had my first pacer installed 2 days ago (Biotronik Edora). My wife Janice and I have been living in our motorhome for the last year parked next to our son J’s home in Sothern California. We bought a smaller home in Arizona but are staying here to help with some remodeling at our son Kody’s home. J’s family includes a small white dog named Blaze (Chihuahua, Jack Russel mix). He is a friendly dog that enjoys anyone’s company. I have known this dog for years but shared only a casual relationship. 3 weeks ago, I suddenly developed severe Mobitz 2 heart block. I could not even walk without my heart constantly dropping beats. I would wake up at night sweating with pulse below 40. I was absolutely terrified. Suddenly, the little dog Blaze took an intense interest in me and refused to be separated. He sat next to me, rested his head on me, followed me intently and simply would not leave my side. When he was taken into his home he ran in circles crying until he was able to come to our motorhome and be with me. It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I could not even go to the restroom without him sitting outside the door crying. What’s more, this new relationship was very positive for me and helped me cope with the fear and uncertainty. We had to move the little dog in with us as he would have it no other way. The implant surgery was quick and successful. My heart is again beating normally and I feel great. I know it is early and I expect there will be some difficulty ahead but I am optimistic that I will be back at Kody’s installing drywall soon. As for Blaze, he has recognized that things are more like normal and has become much more relaxed but is still hesitant to leave me for more than 15 to 30 minutes. We are trying to ease him gently back with his true family.