Most Recent Messages in Coping

Thankyou so much!!!

Thanks to all of you who took the time to answer my post and offer all your support! I just knew that talking to others who have gone through this experience and are doing well would help me cope! I look forward to the day when I can help someone get through the initial post-op period and beyond as a veteran. Not trying to be sappy, but just the fact that you guys took the time to reply brought tears to my eyes, so as you can see, still a little emotional here. I'm sure I'll have many more qu...

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general info

hi ive just had my pm fitted at the age of 24.2/10/07. i just wanted to know is it safe for me drink to drink alcohol so soon after the op.and how long before i can play sports again

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Does anyone use Byetta?

Good morning. I was just wondering if anyone with diabetes is using the new pen Byetta. I just got the pen 2 weeks ago and am very pleased with my blood sugars. Diabetes and heart disease usually go hand in hand. I have a difibrillator that was one year old in Aug.

I have been told that I might lose some weight with Byetta. Boy, I sure hope so. But the main thing is to get my HbA1c test down to normal. My last test it was 7.1%. My sugar has been running 78, 88, and 91 before...

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Nervous "Pacer"

I'm a Newbie both to this site and to having a Pacemaker. In fact I just had it implanted On Monday, 3 days ago. I could sure use a little reassurance that all will be well from all you veterans. I am 54 yo, suffered from tachycardia for yrs and then Whammo, developed an intermittent block that made life miserable, I guess it was a Tachy-Brady Syndrome type thing. At the moment I'm bruised and sore, and worry often that I might have one of those "complications" I've been reading about, you kno...

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Ethical question

I am executor for an 89 year old female who has a 6 year old pacemaker shortly due to be replaced.

Yesterday she commented that she thought she would not have it replaced and what did I think. Of course, I told her I wasn't able to give advice on such an action but now I want to find out the ramifications of what might happen if she does refuse a replacement.
Would she just fade away or would she get horrific complications? I am sure I can guide her through this as she has a l...

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Only 7 days to go help!

Hi Allan (41)
from Edinburgh Scotland here.

been having really heavy thoughts lately.I know it is vital to everybody in this club to encourage each other and i have felt helped by what i have read.I just feel sad that I am coming to the end of my hearts natural existence before pace maker implantation next wedensday.It makes me wonder if i will ever feel natural again.Can you truly ever forget about your pace makers presence?.

I dont think anyone can truly get there...

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Support Group

My name is Brendaa and I am 40 years old. I had a pacemaker put in 8 weeks ago and am still in shock. My severe bradycardia and fibrosis came out of nowhere and I am having a hard time accepting my limitations. Because of my age, I was given a PM with a large battery and I am constanly experiencing discomfort. I spend most of my days crying and cannot find a support group in my area. I feel very much alone.

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new to me


Hi
allan(41) from edinburgh here.

I would just like to thank all the kind people who responded to my very first letter a few days ago.I am about to be fitted with my first pace maker in under two weeks and just being able to know you are not alone and can talk to people who really understand is brilliant.

I understand so much more about the procedure and what to expect and i would be a liar if i said I wasnt scared but I am armed with a lot more knowledge wh...

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Impact of stress

Hi again - I'm the new battery-operated trumpet player in the group. You might get tired of hearing from me. My wife picks at me and says I've been jabbering like a magpie since I can talk without gasping for air following the pacemaker implant less than a week ago.

I work as a senior public relations advisor for the Army. It's a stressful job normally, but with the Army conducting operations in an unpopular war, it's really been tough. The workload and expectations can be unrea...

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Why do people want to pop our postive bubble

My father Kenneth was admitted to A&E early June and fitted with a pacemaker. At the end of July was admitted into hospital again and diagnosed with a extensive left temporel inhomogeneous - high grade glioma cancer in the brain.

At first we were all shocked but agreed to be a very happy family to spend as much time together and to find as many alternative therapies. ie Essiac Tea, Coral Calcium C10 and Oxy-Element. I have started praying and have been trying to faith heal, which s...

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Husband doesn't understand

Hi, I think this site is great, I often come on here to read your stories when I need a boost or to know I'm not alone.
I had my pacemaker fitted when I was 22 in 2004, I am now 26. I sometimes feel a bit alone as my husband has never been able to fully understand how it effects me. He didn't come to the hospital when I went into have the operation (we weren't married or living together then, but had been dating for 6 years) and he's never really been able to talk about it with me. He says...

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Ding Dong of Doom

Hi, I had my pacemaker put in 2 years ago this month and was so scared I didn't know what to do. I posted a few messages and eventually started feeling better. I had passed out once in the back yard and just thought I was over doing. Then a week later passed out at work and then 5 times before the ambulance took me away and they put a pacemaker in right away. I'm 100% dependant and have had some anxiety attacks. One thing that does bother it is big powerful speakers. I went to a work party...

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john's bipass

hi everyone who was so kind to me. john is good now. he spent 4 days in icu but it was because his b.p. was very low and they had to give him drugs to raise it. then they had to slowly wean him off. he is discharged in the a.m. he is doing well. meanwhile i woke up sunday a.m. and every muscle ached and i could barely walk. i had a fever and so i went to e.r. they found out i had 2 infections so put me on antibiotics. our daughter is flying here to care for us.for a week, i think it will be bett...

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PVCs

Okay fellow club members,
I need more help here... I have posted a few things I have been feelinf since my PM install. I now know there are two issues:
1) My lower lead likely has to be repositioned because it's stimulating a nerve. So, I'm getting that dealt with, no problem.
2) Some of my throat/squeezing sensations are likely caused by PVCs
SO MY QUESTION(S)
- Can any of you who suffer from being able to feel your PVCs or PVBs tell me what it feels like (throat, sque...

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MY NEW PM IS

Hi everyone - I am a 51 year old (was active) female who enjoyed riding and showing her horses....I had my PM on 09/10/07 came home two days later - ended up at ER last evening, because I was having some heart palpatations which scared me. Now, am I just over-reacting, wishing for results to soon or what. I have totally lost my appitite, I'm weak, can't seem to sleep well (anticipating things), and my wonderful husband is so exhausted over me. Are these feelings norm! The cardiologist want...

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ZAPPED!!!

Hi there,
I had my first icd implanted in 2001...no problems, then the battery went dead, had a new one implanted in Aug 2005. I have cardiomyophy, enlarged heart, very enlarged, I'm told, was dignosed in 1992, told I had about 1 year to live...well, here it is almost 15 yrs later, still here. I was cutting the grass yesterday and knew I was overdoing it, but just had one more cut to make...well, I made it and was shocked the first time, I headed for the front door, and was shocked again be...

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by-pass

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to pass on the latest. My dad is doing well after surgery. My mom is staying at a hotel close by and does not have access to a computer. The surgery went well, he is a bit restless but over all is doing well. The nurse said the vent should be taken out sometime in the next few hours. His BP and pulse rate are good. Thank you for all your prayers and good wishes. And Dominique I know my mom would be chatting with you right now but can't so I will just...

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911

Hi everyone,

I was looking at Christine's message again. I responded in hopes that we can have a better world for our children and I do think that is vitally important. But I also want to say with her, remember the hero's and they are angels that helped, sometimes lost their lives and their families. May God Bless.

Cathy

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by-pass

Hi everyone,

My mom is an amazing person. Tomorrow my dad is going in for by-pass. She is strong, as she always has been and I know she will get through it. I just want to acknowledge all the prayers and good thoughts sent to her. She has been through so much this year with her pm. She is strong, great and the best. I know all of our thoughts are with my dad.

Cathy.

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new pacemaker

I just had a pacemaker implanted 3 days ago. I had an ablation for SVT 7 years ago and in the process the doctor damaged my
AV node causing me to have 1st degree and 2nd degree heart block at times. Wednesday I passed out leading me to my pacemaker.
I'm glad I found this site to talk to others who have a pacemaker like me because most don't understand the fears and thoughts that go through our minds.
Look forward to talking with you.
Lynn

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Member Quotes

I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for pacemakers. I've had mine for 35+ years. I was fainting all of the time and had flat-lined also. I feel very blessed to live in this time of technology.