I had an appointment with the pacemaker lab today, but had an incident yesterday that had me almost headed for the emergency room. Suddenly for no reason my heard began beating very hard, not faster than normal, but beating so hard that I could see my chest moving. I sat perfectly still in a chair wondering if the emergency room was my next stop, but after about 10 minutes it went back to normal, so I decided to wait to see if it happened again, and it didn't. Since I was already scheduled for the appointment to the pacemaker lab, I decided to just let my pacemaker phone home as usual and let them look at the results today.
They decided that the voltage that was being sent to my lower heart chambers was a bit high, so they cut it back, but varied it's level higher and lower while I told them what was happening. Just a little higher than what it had been set at caused the hard beating immediately, so they decided that just lowering the voltage of the pulse from about 7 volts to about 3 volts was all that was needed, and it was all done with a computer and a sensor wand placed over my pacemaker. Yes, I'm fully bionic now, and even "phone home" automatically every night at 3 am with my daily data and error report.
So after about 3 weeks from it's installation, and with this being my only problem so far, my pacemaker is making a huge difference in my life. I have lost 13 lbs since receiving it, my heart rate is always about 65-70 and my blood oxygen is always 95-96% now. Everyone says I have better color and look great now, and I feel like I'm about 10 years younger. I'm able to do things again and back finishing my photo/video studio. I even started making reindeer for this coming Christmas, my 15th year making them.
Before the pacemaker I had all but given up on the idea of making reindeer this year and was actually surprised every morning when I awoke and realized that I had made it through another night. I had told my wife and sons several times in previous weeks that I felt that I did not expect to live long enough to see Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, but this has all changed now that I have the pacemaker. I'm sleeping better and much more alert when I'm awake, and I truly feel like I'm about 10 years younger again. What a difference it made.
Unless something goes wrong and I take a turn for the worse, this will be my last pacemaker update. You are likely all going to have to put up with me for a few years longer.
Central North Carolina