Many thanks to all of you who took the time to respond to my post; hearing that some of you had very similar experiences normalized my first week journey into Pacerland. To clarify, my pain has been manageable with some help. I was expecting "soreness for a day or two" and not the kind of pain that needed a couple of nights of Oxy, a fair amount of tylenol, lots of ice packs, a supportive bra, and lots of pillows. In all, not really awful, but a good bit more than "some soreness."
While I understand that most folks don't report a lot of discomfort, I don't think having a more realistic expectation that one can actually have a week of possibly needing to take care of oneself is a bad idea. I did go through a couple of days of "why does this hurt?" confusion.
I'm curious about whether female patients might experience more discomfort due to more tissue to swell....Just an observation/thought.
I am one week post-op and had a visit with my cardiologist today. My numbers are good and she is very pleased. I see my EP next week for more technical check up (checking the settings? calibrating? I'm not yet fully educated on what can be done with this device....) Cardio did wound check and said it's looking great.
I had derma-bond on top of the incision so I've been able to shower (gently, no scrubbing!) which makes me feel more like myself. Yes, washing hair with one hand is interesting....cut my hair shorter today to make the next five weeks easier.
As I said, the pain was manageable and improved daily after day three post-op. I have much more movement in my arm/shoulder now, although I'm still sleeping ensconced in a big chair with ottoman and several pillows. I cannot sleep on my back in bed which would be best for the surgical site and the swelling.
Thanks again to all who responded; hopefully this helps someone who found you all before surgery instead of after!
Best wishes, all...
You know you're wired when...
Your pacemaker receives radio frequencies.
Your anxiety is normal. It takes some of us a little time to adjust to the new friend. As much as they love you, family and friends without a device just cannot understand the adjustment we go through. That is why this site is so valuable.