Battery life coming to an end
My pacemaker was implanted in 2010 and they said it had about 10 years on the battery. We're at 12 years now and the transmission report shows 5 months of battery life. My concern is that we live 30 minutes outside of a rural town (12 bed hospital) and how to plan for the possibility of it failing while I'm home. The hospital that would replace it is two hours from my home. We also live in snow country and five months from now is winter so that's another concern. Initially in 2010 I passed out, my heart stopped and no pulse so my husband called 911. In the ambulance and hospital my heart rate was in the 20s. We have no idea what to expect and we might just get lucky and have no issues until they replace the battery. My husband is taking a CPR refresher course, but I'm wondering what some of your experiences have been and how you planned for the battery replacement. They won't do it early because insurance won't cover it. We also knew at some point we would need to move closer to a town with a decent hospital, but COVID kind of changed a lot of plans. We've both been very healthy other than my pacemaker so we were enjoying the rural life. Thank you for reading!
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I had a pacemaker when I was 11. I never once thought I wasn't a 'normal kid' nor was I ever treated differently because of it. I could do everything all my friends were doing; I just happened to have a battery attached to my heart to help it work.