My New Pacemaker
Nearly three weeks ago I had a two chamber pacemaker fitted at our local hospital, Eastbourne District General. The treatment I recieved was exemplary, I was admitted at eight in the morning and discharged at 1700 hours. The operation was painless and appeared to be straightforward, the staff were all amazing and very efficient, the experience good, I have to admit its not something I would want on a regular basis but the whole situation was handled beutifully by the hosptal and medical staff.
From the following day I noticed a marked improvement, I was not breathless, my muscles did'nt ache with exertion any more and as the days progressed the benefits became more aparent.
Five days after the operation we went for a meal in Brighton to celebrate our sons thirtieth birthday, I of course was not allowed to drive but we had to walk for over half a mile over hilly terrain to the restuarant, before the transplant I would have had to stop two or three times to get my breath, my muscles would ache and ot would have been an unpleasant experience.
After several hundred yards I was admonished by my wife for walking too fast, it appeared that my legs had reverted to thirty year old mode rather than the reality of sixty eight years. Upon arrival at our destination I had time to open the door and wait for my wife and family to catch up, during this time I realised that I was not at all breathless and not hot and bothered.
Subsequently it appears that my sight has improved, my complexion has changed from a dull grey colour to a ruddy brown healthy hue and my legs are now almost back to their look of twenty years ago rather than their red and purple ones of late.
Other than the recovery period which has been remarkably short and a little pain felt on my right shoulder, the site of the PM all my experiences have been positive.
The main question that I have is, does this fitting of a PM really positively affect my site or am I imagining it.
You know you're wired when...
You trust technology more than your heart.
I just want to share about the quality of life after my pacemaker, and hopefully increase awareness that lifestyles do not have to be drastically modified just because we are pacemaker recipients.