Battery 0% and ERI before Pacemaker change????
I have had a pacemaker for over 30 years, since my late 20s. I have a Medtronic Percepta MRI Bi-Ventricular pacemaker which I am totally dependant on. The pacemakers last about 3 years between changes.
For the last 22 years I have had the same Cardiac Specialist, who has takne very good care of me, but who is now retired. During my time with him, he replaced the pacemakers when they reported there was about a month before reading 0% - once the reading reported 3 months battery life left, the booking clerk would get the paperwork started for surgery and within about 6 weeks I would be in for the replacement.
That specialist explained that he did that to give me a good buffer before battery depletion due to me being totally dependant on my pacemaker.
I now have a new Cardiac Specialist. I saw him two weeks ago, a day after the pacemaker technition informed me that the battery remaining is reporting 3 months. The technition did as they always have, passed the information to the booking clerk to get the replacement organised for about 6 weeks from then.
This new specialist has stopped that - he intends to let the battery run to 0% and trip the ERI, at which time he will book me for surgery, which could take weeks. During that wait, there will be no way to know how much longer the pacemaker will continue to work so now I am dealing with adjusting to a new specialist and the uncertainty that my pacemaker will work long enough for me to have it replaced. He explained that he is doing that because the manufacturer guarantees it will run for a couple of months...........just as my previous specialist explained why he doesn't do that, but gives me a buffer of at least a month, for safety.
I chew through the batteries fast (within 3 years) and I am seriously stressing about this! My Smeg appliances come with a 2 year guarantee and the jug only lasted 14 months! The warranty at least is 3 years...........and it could be replaced, but I can't.
Really worried about this and would appreciate some feedback.