Feb 20
aktomlat03
aktomlat03 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

WOW,can't beleive I have a Pacemaker ????

Her I am with a pacemaker/defib implant in my chest. A few months ago I would have laughed at such a thought. I thought I was a healthy 66 yr.old Alaskan. Active with my sled dogs, living a remote Alaskan life style. No real clear warning of what was to come. I was alittle tired over the last few months,but put that off as maybe showing my age.LOL Anyway,thanks to a good VA Doc,we found out that my heart has an injection fraction of 20-25%.....SERIOUS. Arteries are clear,so all they could do is go the pacemaker route.Have hade it four exactly 5 days and doing OK. Eating well and trying not to get depressed over this. My days of cutting firewood, building things around the property are on hold for now.
My first check up, post implant, is this coming Friday. Wish me well. Best wishes Tom in Alaska 
  • Raiz_Ali
    Raiz_Ali,
    Wish you best of the best , Tomy. Stay blessed, stay healthy, stay satisfied. Lots and lots of prayers and wishes for you, tons.
  • JoycieD
    JoycieD,

    I did not plan on another health PROBLEM and then Bam, Bam.  Thursday, Nov 2nd I fainted, 3 different times at home.  My son stayed with me all day and had the ambulance take me to our hospital.  The  ER doctor said there was nothing wrong with me and sent me home.  Stay in bed & rest.  I only fainted!!.  Then the 3d time my son put me in his truck & drove me to ER!!  He told the ER Doctor to get an ambulance and send me to Kalamazoo, MI (The main hospital) about 45 miles from Dowagiac, MI.  What if I was having a seizure?  So I ended up in Borgess Medical Center.  They put me on the Neuro floor.  I had a wonderful nurse and he called Cardio to come & listen to me.   I was sent to the Cardio Floor.  They found my problem right away and saved me from dying.  They had to do a full resuscitation when I blacked out eating my breakfast on Cardio floor.  I flatlined 30 seconds and Dr. Chacko saved me and put a pacemaker on my neck.  It stayed for 4 days before he implanted a permanent one in my chest!!!   He performed a few cardio tests during that 4 days of waiting.  On day 9, they sent me to the nursing home for rehab and then to my sister's home for rehab which never happened.!  Why am I so depressed?  I am very weak, no appetite, low Vit B 12 and taking shots every week!   I have an oncologist who takes care of me for something other than heart and is worried that my Vit 12 and  my blood count is low and am also anemic?   Why?   I can go to sleep working at my computer and sit here until hubby wakes me up??  I am on Warfarin for a history of PEs & DVTS.  I am either too low or too high!   Hugs & Prayers for everyone!

  • JoycieD
    JoycieD,

    I did not plan on another health PROBLEM and then Bam, Bam.  Thursday, Nov 2nd I fainted, 3 different times at home.  My son stayed with me all day and had the ambulance take me to our hospital.  The  ER doctor said there was nothing wrong with me and sent me home.  Stay in bed & rest.  I only fainted!!.  Then the 3d time my son put me in his truck & drove me to ER!!  He told the ER Doctor to get an ambulance and send me to Kalamazoo, MI (The main hospital) about 45 miles from Dowagiac, MI.  What if I was having a seizure?  So I ended up in Borgess Medical Center.  They put me on the Neuro floor.  I had a wonderful nurse and he called Cardio to come & listen to me.   I was sent to the Cardio Floor.  They found my problem right away and saved me from dying.  They had to do a full resuscitation when I blacked out eating my breakfast on Cardio floor.  I flatlined 30 seconds and Dr. Chacko saved me and put a pacemaker on my neck.  It stayed for 4 days before he implanted a permanent one in my chest!!!   He performed a few cardio tests during that 4 days of waiting.  On day 9, they sent me to the nursing home for rehab and then to my sister's home for rehab which never happened.!  Why am I so depressed?  I am very weak, no appetite, low Vit B 12 and taking shots every week!   I have an oncologist who takes care of me for something other than heart and is worried that my Vit 12 and  my blood count is low and am also anemic?   Why?   I can go to sleep working at my computer and sit here until hubby wakes me up??  I am on Warfarin for a history of PEs & DVTS.  I am either too low or too high!   Hugs & Prayers for everyone!

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