Showing posts with label 2 lead pacemaker. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2 lead pacemaker. Show all posts

Friday, October 4, 2019

1st Follow-Up after Pacemaker Implant







I thought this may be a long drawn out thing on the latest technology when it comes to the heart. Boy, was I wrong. This visit took about a total of 15 minutes, they tech can  a "scan" over the pacemaker much like I can diver my pain pump. But, of course he could read everything my heart was doing, and he showed me the screens of the read outs it was giving him the beats looked on the monitor of my heart compared to i if gets lower than it supposed to then the pacemaker kicks in, and brings it up to speed per se'.

They ordered my own monitor so it will be here next week. It will keep readings and at 3 months I download them to their computer. After this next 3 months  wll go to actually do another reading at the office and see my doctor. The tech said then they may do some "tweaking" since I "felt" a few things that kind of seemed out of character. But he said it takes about 3 months for all of that to get settled in, and begin to give very accurate readings.

For instance when he scanned the information when  got into the office my BPM were only at 40 (which normal is 60). He brought it up to 60, and I "felt" the difference, Which maybe when I am feeling at home after the implant.

I still have questions, but now as I know, I might as well wait until that 3 month mark then see how I am feeing. I am "RELEASED"  to do my own regular things and schedule. He told me if something "hurts", like I believe I am feeling a "pinch" which is scar tissue, then slow down or do less or stop for bit. But, now it's up to me to figure out the entire game.

I think I was "pleased" but kind of shocked that they were not nearly as concerned as I was and am in this being so new.



LOL, I got to Baylor driving just fine, went right to the building. Then when I left to com home I knew right away I turned the wrong way, and then I had to make this long was to turn back and get n the correct highway to come home. I asked about the "sinus node problem". He said it was like having a car, that "has a sluggish time starting at 1st, because of wear and tear"and age... plus I have some damage from the previous heart attacks. BUT, once the pacemaker "kicks" in to start it all up, then my heart does just as it should. He did help in giving me a "look" on what is going on, and explaining my problem, better than I had gotten before.

So, from here we shall see.  am going to live my life day to day, and as he said "listen to your body"



Monday, August 26, 2019

Letter to Dr Blair about Cellulitis 9/21/2019

Hello Dr. Blair,

... on the 16th of August they were to do the pacemaker surgery. Now the doctor's schedule was full so they were going tp TRY to get me before anything els happened...Wednesday the 15th day before the surgery my left leg felt 'odd" and warm on my back calf and then I felt lump coming up on the calf...and the ONLY thing I can fathom is that we have had so many "bugs"spiders, all kinds of spiders, wasps, something had to have bitten ,stung, something in the night, because I was fine when i went to bed!!! This time they did a sonogram to make sure it was not a DVT etc which all came back fine. SO NOW I have to wait till Sept 16th, unless they have a cancellation, then i may get in sooner.
I came to Dr Blair's Office and you happened to be gone for the afternoon. So, my other option, was Urgent Care. I decided togo there rather than do nothing. They drew stat labs, and sent me to the hospital for a doppler & another test to make sure I didn't have a DT or DVT. All were CLEAR!!! Thank Goodness!
Yet, it left me with this issue, which we figured as I said something must have bitten me in the night that I did not feel.

So, they gave me a bag of IV antibiotics, and sent me with a script for another antibiotic to take every 6 hours for 10 days clindamycin. It began to get better quickly this time... but I still was left the pacemaker that was supposed to be the next day! So, I had no choice but to call, and reschedule it again.So, we try again but not until the 13th of September (a Friday).

I told Dr. Rao's Assistant I was going up there no matter WHAT!

So, if Urgent Care have not sent you those records and the labs, and doppler tests, please let them knw you want those.

I would like to have a discussion about this & as to why "suddenly" I keep getting this, and never did I have this before. AND can we do ANYTHING to try and get it under control?


Thank you,
Pam Steele

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