Posting for my Grandma

Hello! My name is Brandy and my Grandmother has had a difribillator and pacemaker implanted because of a slow beating heart. She just turned 80 and is very active; sometimes too active!! The reason I joined is because she has been feeling 'different' ever since the implants. On February 14, 2007, she was woken up with a small pain, then sharp pain in her chest. She went back to the hospital and found out that the cable connecting the dibrillator to her heart had come loose. She had to undergo surgery again to fix this. She has slight pains in her left arm, walks with a slight limp (no stroke) on her left side and has neck and head pain. She says it's tolerable, but annoying. She brought this up to her doctor and he scheduled a CAT scan to make sure there was nothing major going on in her neck. He Dx'd her with a pinched nerve and set up physical therapy appts. These helped a bit. All in all, she feels all her new found pains stem from the surgery/implants. I tell her that she's getting older and it just might be normal. I don't know what else to say because I am not a doc. I really want to accompany her on her next heart doc visit because she forgets to tell him/her about things like the pain and such. Anyone else have similar symptoms?


A Good granddaughter

by auntiesamm - 2007-07-22 08:07:13

Hi Brandy - You are a lovely granddaughter trying to help your grandma. She is most fortunate. I am older than she is but I do know that when going to see a doctor, if I have not written it on a list to take with me I might forget to ask some things. Sometimes there is just TOO much to remember and most doctors always seem to be in a hurry to get you in and out. I think your going with her is very important and would be helpful to your grandma. It is good, too, for her doctor to see that there are concerned family members involved in her care and that they cannot just brush you off. This may make a difference in the care provided care. God bless you both.

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