New Pacemaker/AV Block Yesterday- Surprisingly Easy Surgery
I received a dual chamber pacemaker yesterday and was surprised that the surgery to implant the pacemaker and the AV node block was pretty easy. I was a little anxious ahead of time since the idea of being awake while someone mucked about my heart wasn't something I wanted to think about. It also took me a few months to get my mind in the right place and reconcile being dependent on the pacemaker for the rest of my life - I'm 69. I was able to talk and even joke with nurses and doctor during surgery. Amazing! There was no pain at all. They had to go in twice - once before the pacemaker implant and once afterwards to burn out the AV node since they were still getting some activity after the first AV block. They used Fentanyl and Versed which was a winning combination. There was no pain and honestly I didn't care with the drug combo.
I am home now and having very little discomfort from the pacemaker incision today which is also surprising to me. Just a twinge now and then and a little itchy.. It looks a little bruised with a slender two inch incision.covered by a thin piece of gauze. I've been sleepy today and indulged myself in naps
I don't know what to expect next. I really hope this helps. I can't tell any difference right now. I still get out of breath when I'm moving around but my heart has a rock solid beat of 80 (temporarily set a little higher) when sitting and goes up normally when I'm moving around and down to 65 when sleeping like a normal person. I've not been normal for a very long time.
I was reading that the pacemaker they used had some recalls in 2017. I sure hope they have fixed those issues. It's not like recalling a car!!!
I feel good but don't tell my husband. He has made a couple of terrific meals for me today and served them in my lounge chair on a tray. I even got fresh squeezed juice. I might milk this for a couple of days if I can get by with it. He is a great cook but loves having me cook for us which I normally really enjoy doing.
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Lifetime warranty no longer gives peace of mind.
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.