Anxiety, Depression and Fatigue
Hello lovely Pacemaker Community,
I am 34 and had an ICD/Pacemaker inserted two weeks ago after recently learning I have Left Ventricular Non Compaction, I've had recurrent syncope with asystole. My recovery is going well except I'm feeling extreme fatigue every day, as well as intermittent anxiety (which is normal for me). I took 3 wks after work (I'm a Certified Nurse Midwife), and expected by now to be feeling so much better, I go for a 30 minute walk every day and that's about the only activity I can manage without feeling extremely tired. Has anyone experienced this? Normally I'm very active and until my ecent diagnosis thought I was pretty healthy.
I also realized yesterday I think I'm experiencing depression, which is not something I've thankfully struggled with before. I'm wondering if that's contributing to, or caused by the fatigue. I've been trying to stay positive throughout my cardiac work up and procedure but now see everything in such a negative light, my self esteem feels low and just feel sad. I have so much to be grateful for and wish I could focus on that. My poor partner has been struggling to support me through this, we are both a bit overwhelmed. I am seeing a therapist weekly, although I feel like getting through each day is a challenge. I thought I'd be feeling so much better by now, and the doctor had even told me I didn't need so much time off work and recovery is easy. I have ten days until I start working again and I'm worried I won't be up to taking care of patients when I'm so exhausted! If anyone has any advice I'd very much appreciate it!
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