Im at home recovering.

Hello everyone. Just wanted to let you know the PM surgery went smoothly. I wasnt completely out under anesthetics but was enough out of it that I only remember random conversations that happened in the OR. I spent the night in the hospital and was able to come home the next day. I am feeling more soreness in my shoulder then I expected but I am optimistic this will pass quickly. I will keep everyone posted on my recovery. I was wondering, at random times I feel like my heart flutters, almost like it beats extremely fast for 5 or 6 seconds and then goes back to normal. Is this typical? I didnt know if it is just my body getting used to the PM or not. Thanks to everyone for all the support thus far!


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Good to hear!

by ela-girl - 2008-05-19 02:05:55

Heya, Briboy!

I was wondering how you were faring, so I thank you for the update. Glad to hear that things went smoothly and are moving along for you. As far as your experiencing flutters or a couple of fast beats, yes, it could be something or nothing. I know a lot of us are hyper-foucsed on our pm's when we first have them implanted because they are new to us and we have to learn to trust them to do their job for us. It could also be ventricular pacing that you are feeling...if you are to feel anything when you are paced, it tends to be the ventricular beat because it is the stronger of the heartbeats (that is if you are pacing in the ventricles at all).

You also have to remember that when you come out of surgery, your pm is typically set on factory settings to make sure the it is functioning properly. When you have your first check, you will most likey have some settings changed and fine tuned to your body. But this process is a bit of trial and error and can take time. Make sure to ask for a printout of your pm readings when you have your pm checked and ask lots of questions.

In the meantime, take an easy and heal up! Use ice on your site to ease any pain you might be feeling...it helps a lot!

Happy pacing!
ela-girl

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by me&mybigheart - 2008-05-19 04:05:21

Glad to hear that things went well!

Good Job Done!

by Wannabe - 2008-05-19 07:05:07

Hello Briboy - very glad to hear all's gone well and you're back home starting your recovery. Of course, your shoulder's going to be sore. They've made a incision with a knife then plonked a lump of metal inside! Give it all the time it needs. I endorse everything ela-girl's said about settings and all the rest of it. Naturally, if you're in England under the NHS then it's like drawing their teeth at the clinic to get information from them. "We know best what's good for you" is the mantra as far as I can tell. Don't allow yourself to be deflected. Take care of yourself and keep us up-to-date with your progress. Wishing you safe and well. Wannabe

Well Done!!

by richan - 2008-05-26 05:05:53

Hi Briboy,
Isn't it great to be home? I'm thinking that you ought to be sore - they cut a deep slot into you!!! It is hard to know what it is that you are feeling. I do remember feeling what I thought was VT - not so sure it was. I think ela-girl is right. I had to learn to trust that my PM was doing it's job correctly. I have had mine "tuned" and "re-tuned" several times since got mine (March 2005). These PM's are quite a piece of technology - all kinds of adjustments can be done. They will eventually have it tuned to you. It just take a bit of time. Yes, do get your print-out every time you get tuned.
Heal well and gradually work your way back to where you were pre-PM.

Richan

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