Surgery done

I had my pacemaker put in on April 1st. I'm very happy to say that it all went well and so far has been nothing like I feared. Pain is minimal and Tylenol takes care of it. I can't really tell if there is a difference yet since I am taking it pretty easy since coming home yesterday. Trying to adhere to the doctors rules so that I don't do anything foolish and set myself back. I'm very glad that it is done and looking forward to healing and getting energy and stamina back 🙂


4 Comments

welcome!

by Tracey_E - 2021-04-03 15:19:40

Glad it went well! If you feel up to it, you can take a walk and see how you feel. The main thing to avoid is lifting anything heavy or raising the arm above shoulder level. It's ok to otherwise get back to normal when you feel up to it. 

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by AgentX86 - 2021-04-03 20:05:49

Welcom to the club!  It sounds like you're doing great.  Do try to adhere to the instructions as much as possible but all of us have found ourselves reaching for something we shouldn't have.  Don't beat yourself up for it.  It's perfectly natural "muscle memory" and has a very slight chance of damaging anything.  It's just best not to tempt fate.  Lifting a weight more than a gallon of milk can be worse.  Let someone else to do the shopping and work around the house for a while.  ;-0

It is very important to use that arm as normally as possible with these constraints, however.  Immobilizing the arm can cause "frozen shoulder" which is somewhere you do not want to go. It often requires PT and can be excruciating.  Use the arm.

Tracy makes a good point.  If you can, walk around to see how your exercise tolerance is.  Don't go wild unless you know you can do it.  Test the waters and build slowly at first.  I found that I could walk as much as before but the weight of my arm made my shoulder hurt quite a lot for the first few days.

It sounds like you got a good handle on this and will be just fine. 

Namaste!

by amanda_shanti - 2021-04-03 23:48:23

Hi LOVESTHESUN41, welcome to the club and glad to hear that your surgery went well. By your profile picture, I guess you practice yoga (am I right?)... I do practice yoga too for almost a decade now. 

Like AgentX86 mentioned, keep your arm move as normal as possible, of course don't raise it above your shoulder now as you just finished your surgery. But, don't over-protecting it or you may have a frozen shoulder issue. I was protecting my shoulder too much and now have some frozen shoulder symptoms. Now, I need to work extra hard and do physiotherapy to make my shoulder feel good again!

Namaste!

by Lovesthesun41 - 2021-04-04 13:15:21

Thank you all for the kind words and wise advice. I love yoga and going in for the surgery I asked them to be sure I could do sun salutation when I was healed. I understand they referred to me as "yoga girl" during the procedure 🤣🤣🤣. I am anxious to get back to 🧘‍♀️ but will pay attention to my body.  I am testing out my walking (taking it slow) and am happy I don't seem to be huffing and puffing. 🙂

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