I'mplanted today; I really used what you all have shared!
Oh boy, I got my device today, a Biotronik Edits, and becsuse I've learned at least the beginning phase here, I ended up questioning a lot. Frankly, it wasn't a great experience.
I only saw the doctor before, he never talked to me after. They insisted there's little pain, as I was in pain. I spoke up a hour after the Tylenol, saying I understand concerns about addiction, but I'm being discharged 6 hours after arrival, living by myself and I see nothing wrong with 2 days of pain relief. The NP gave me a script but pharmacy said it was written wrong and in my state, narcotic orders can't be called in. I suggested a non narcotic and we settled that.The nurse gave me several instructions I either know is wrong, or suspect is wrong. 1)Take bandage off tomorrow, shower and no further bandages. Not even a bandaid. I was speechless.
Then he told me there is only one restriction on the side of implant: don't attempt to get anything down from a shelf above me with that arm. I suggested maybe not raising above shoulder height. He said that's fine to do. I can wash my hair, vacuum. I may as well wash my car too
He said I could drive in 3-5 days. I expected a month and a checkup.
Some instructions were different on the discharge papers themselves. They put me in a sling which I took off at home.
My emergency card listed three models with no check mark on mine. I learned that by calling the support line of the company
What really concerned me is they referred my back to my regular cardiologist and said he'd have the equipment to interrogate. I refused. I will keep seeing him but want an EP for this. They say I'll first see him in 3 months My cardiologist will check the wound out one week.
I can hear from so many on here that we must become knowledge able so that we can better manage our care.
I'm a little overwhelmed that 13 hours ago I walked in there, had my chest cut open and had something stuck in, and now I'm home, feeling pain and some apprehension. I feel burning on my chest. I asked what that was and I was practically tackled in getting an EKG on me.
So day one of my cardiac adventure draws to a close and I'm not there yet in advising anyone else to do it. I have learned that many go through much, so I will persevere.
Thank you for reading.
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I am not planning on letting any of this shorten my life. I am planning on living a long happy battery operated life. You never know maybe it will keep me alive longer. I sure know one thing I would have been dead before starting school without it.