ERI - No Surgeries Because of Covid
Hi Everyone - I am a 72 year old woman who has had a Medtronic Pacemaker for 12 and 1/2 years (for Bradychardia - sick sinus syndrome.) I went into ERI on August 5 and feel just horrible. Extreme fatigue, constant fluttering heartbeat, difficulty breathing, extremely low blood pressure. Problem is: I live in a small town in Southern Oregon and all of our hospitals have shut down surgeries because they are short- staffed, and have no room - over-flowing with Covid patients.
i assumed that once I reached ERI I would be scheduled to get a new pacemaker right away. But the answer I received at cardiologist's office was that I have 90 days, am not going to die immediately, so I am on a "back burner" for now. I am between a rock and a hard place.
How soon is a "normal" time for replacement after reaching ERI? I seriously don't know what to do at this point. I am trying to be calm, but it is difficult. Thanks for any thoughts, advice, or reassurance. Signed - Trying Not to Freak Out