Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Medical Update

This post is mainly for my relatives that aren't using Facebook, but do read my blog to see what craziness I've come up with.

Went in the hospital this morning to have the atrial pacemaker lead reattached. Not a big deal, and was discharged about an hour after the procedure.

Seems the problem is physical. My chest expansion is much greater than most people, and they had a hard time getting enough slack in the lead to accommodate a "deep breath".  When I'm under 200 lbs (like that will ever happen again) I wear a size 52 or larger coat. For the first 17 years of my life, I lived at 7,000 feet above sea level, or more, which leads to a large lung capacity.

What was not fun was the replacement of the pacemaker into the previous "pocket". They gave me a local numbing shot, or shots, that wasn't completely effective. I've a high tolerance for pain, and they tested that that tolerance quite thoroughly.

Once again, my left arm will be immobilized for a week, especially when I sleep.
Sponge baths only for four days. Getting old is a bitch!

4 comments:

  1. Maybe, but you're still upright and breathing... THAT is a good thing! :-)

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    1. Yes indeed. Extremely lucky to reach age 70 without spending a night in a hospital.

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  2. Maybe they should have coiled leads, like those old telephone cords...

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    1. Good idea, but there may be technical issues.

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