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Carol336
August 3rd, 2018, 06:14 AM
Many of you may not know, but I have a pacemaker. It was originally implanted in August of 1968...yes 50 years ago. Of course there have been many battery changes and even a change to a more modern updated version many years ago. I have lived a very normal life, gave birth to two sons, worked a full time job, traveled near and far.....everything everyone else was doing.


Fast forward 50 years ago....it seems that all these years of "artificial" pacing has taken a toll on my heart. I really don't know how to explain it, and won't be seeing the surgeon who will explain everything to me and DH until the 21st of this month. But what my Cardiologist said in effect was that I would need surgery to implant a different type of pacemaker and a defibrillator and am currently at risk for heart failure and a very long word that simply means sudden death. Can I just say that scared the heck out of me. So your heart normally beats in sync - right side and left side. My pacemaker is in the right side of my heart which has triggered the beat, which in turn artificially triggered the left side to beat. After 50 years the left side is confused and is now sending out extra beats - which is not a good thing. So they will need to implant a device that goes in both sides of my heart. That's totally my wording - it's much more complicated than that.

I've been walking around numb since my appt this past Tuesday. I haven't told anyone except DH yet....I wanted to get the facts from the surgeon and hopefully get a better undertstanding of what needs to be done and how soon.


Some of you nurses out there will understand this better than I right now. But in any case - I could sure use aome prayers.


We are headed to Richmond in a few hours for a dance weekend and I'm scared to death to get out on that dance floor. The dr said not to stop any of my activities - but man - this is frightening. I wanted to cancel, but thought better of it - it'll help take my mind of this.


Thanks for listening....and also for your thoughts and prayers

classynsassy
August 3rd, 2018, 06:31 AM
Hugs and prayers!! I’m so sorry that your having to go through this, we are here for you !

Star lover
August 3rd, 2018, 07:21 AM
Oh my, scary.......my prayers are with you, your family and the doctors. Hope you're able to relax and enjoy the dance. Love and hugs!

Bubby
August 3rd, 2018, 07:26 AM
It's good this was noticed sooner than later. My prayers for you, your surgery and your DH are with you. 154196

Astatoo
August 3rd, 2018, 07:52 AM
Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

dwil23
August 3rd, 2018, 07:55 AM
Prayers being said for you, Carol. My sister is a cardiac nurse so I "kind of" understand the problem, but not completely. I don't understand why you would be told something like that and then the specialist can't see you for so long. Don't these doctors understand what worry they put in our hearts and minds?

I think it is amazing that you have dealt with this so long and pray that you will be fine until the new one can be put in.

Bouse
August 3rd, 2018, 08:18 AM
Prayers said. Good luck with your forthcoming appointment.

Monique
August 3rd, 2018, 08:28 AM
I can't help with the terminology and stuff but I sure can add prayers.

Anitamae56
August 3rd, 2018, 08:53 AM
How scared. I will many prayers for you, and definitely many positive thoughts for you.

JCY
August 3rd, 2018, 09:16 AM
Thoughts & prayers. God's got ya covered. Find your peace in Him & take things one day at a time.

Sandy Navas
August 3rd, 2018, 09:19 AM
Giant hugs (encased in prayer). You go dance your concerns away.

Time to start doing the tango, huh?

KarenC
August 3rd, 2018, 09:22 AM
Definitely prayers I can do.

Carolnnc
August 3rd, 2018, 09:50 AM
Thank you all for your love & prayers. This has been a really difficult week for us but more so for DH. He is very tenderhearted & takes things really hard.

KPH
August 3rd, 2018, 10:26 AM
Adding my prayers to the list.

GrammaBabs
August 3rd, 2018, 10:54 AM
Lots of good thoughts a prayers for you ! My advice,,, try to stay positive and enjoy..(I know that a tall order)...Wish you didn't have to wait so long for all the details.. I have a very good friend that has a "device" and her life is pretty much normal.. (other than the fact we are all getting older and slowing down naturally, much as we fight it)... Take care and know there are many here sending your "hugs of comfort" and positive vibes... GB

Ginny B
August 3rd, 2018, 11:28 AM
My prayers and hugs are added Carol. Go and have fun dancing. I will also send up prayers to see if maybe there can be a change in the schedule and dr. can see you before the 21st .

MaggieSue
August 3rd, 2018, 11:47 AM
Sorry to hear about this issue, my prayers for all!!!

GuitarGramma
August 3rd, 2018, 12:41 PM
Modern medicine is incredible, and you are living proof of it. I will be praying for you! I don't blame you for being scared, but Keep in mind that sometimes doctors tell us worst case scenarios just to get us to take them seriously.

SallyO'Sews
August 3rd, 2018, 03:15 PM
Thanks for letting us know, Carol. Praying for you and your medical team, and also for your family.
Hope you dance like no one is watching and have a wonderful time in Richmond!

Patty J
August 3rd, 2018, 03:20 PM
Adding my thoughts and prayers for you and doctors. Enjoy the "dance" and have some fun.

geegeequilts
August 3rd, 2018, 03:24 PM
Medicine has changed so so much in the last 50 years. Will keep you in my prayers that the time will pass quickly & it'll be the 21st before you know it. Maybe you could get on a "cancel appt list" so you can go in sooner? Will also pray for the doctors to know for sure what to do for you. Won't tell you not to worry or stress too much just don't let it be the main focus.

Gina

SuzanneOrleansOntario
August 3rd, 2018, 05:14 PM
Have faith and it seems we are all behind you.

Remember, worrying does change anything, so enjoy your dance weekend.

MSN
August 3rd, 2018, 07:00 PM
It's been a number of years since I worked in cardiology, but this is what I am thinking:

Is it possible that when the cardiologist talked about the two sides of the heart usually beating in sync, that s/he meant that the upper chambers (atria) beating in sync with the lower chambers (ventricles)? This makes more sense to me than the left/right. The heart's "natural pacemaker" is in the right atrium. The first implantable pacemakers placed a lead (wire) into the right atrium to stimulate the natural pacemaker. When stimulated by the pacemaker, the heart's natural "wiring" caused the atria to contract, immediately followed by the ventricles. This atria-to-ventricle contraction should happen in a 1:1 ratio. Some people's natural "wiring," though, doesn't always conduct this in a 1:1 ratio. As pacemakers became more sophisticated, many are now dual chamber. This means that they are able to sense both what the atria are doing, and also what the ventricles are doing, and can stimulate either or both as needed to maintain a normal heartbeat. Your new pacemaker/defibrillator will also be able to deliver a shock to the ventricles if they ever begin to quiver rather than contract fully.

Your risk of a cardiac event is no greater today than it was a week ago. As Suzanne said, worry does not take the pain from tomorrow, it only takes the strength from today. Go to Richmond and kick up your heels!

Carol336
August 4th, 2018, 08:05 AM
It's been a number of years since I worked in cardiology, but this is what I am thinking:

Is it possible that when the cardiologist talked about the two sides of the heart usually beating in sync, that s/he meant that the upper chambers (atria) beating in sync with the lower chambers (ventricles)? This makes more sense to me than the left/right. The heart's "natural pacemaker" is in the right atrium. The first implantable pacemakers placed a lead (wire) into the right atrium to stimulate the natural pacemaker. When stimulated by the pacemaker, the heart's natural "wiring" caused the atria to contract, immediately followed by the ventricles. This atria-to-ventricle contraction should happen in a 1:1 ratio. Some people's natural "wiring," though, doesn't always conduct this in a 1:1 ratio. As pacemakers became more sophisticated, many are now dual chamber. This means that they are able to sense both what the atria are doing, and also what the ventricles are doing, and can stimulate either or both as needed to maintain a normal heartbeat. Your new pacemaker/defibrillator will also be able to deliver a shock to the ventricles if they ever begin to quiver rather than contract fully.

Your risk of a cardiac event is no greater today than it was a week ago. As Suzanne said, worry does not take the pain from tomorrow, it only takes the strength from today. Go to Richmond and kick up your heels!

Yes....you are absolutely correct...it is upper and lower chambers....and I will be getting a dual chamber device with defibrillator. It was the little sudden death statement that scared the poop out of me.

Thanks everyone for your encouraging comments and prayers.

Having a lovely time in Richmond.

kayj
August 4th, 2018, 09:29 AM
Sending prayers for your continued excellent treatment and good heath. Waiting is hard. Just take it a day at a time. Blessings to you.

Georgie Girl
August 4th, 2018, 09:48 AM
A few years ago my DH was passing out. Finally got him to the doctor and they gave him a pacemaker. Lasted a year and then he started passing out again. Gave him the double wiring pacemaker with a defibrillator and he's been ok except for other health issues. We started out with a device that plugged into our phone line and it would remotely check his heart beats. They now have gone to a device that just plugs in any outlet. Prayers being sent your way.

Carol336
August 5th, 2018, 12:32 PM
Thanks everyone, for all the words of encouragement and also for all your prayers.

We just got home from Richmond and it really great to take my mind off myself for a couple of days. We did a lot of dancing and I survived - praise God!!!! I'm going to call tomorrow and get on a cancellation list for the dr.....I'm ready to get this behind me.

Have a lovely Sunday
C