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Marlee2
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   Posted 10/28/2008 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
We just found out that Ken has to have a pacemaker put in as soon as possible cause of his low heart rate. They thought a change in meds would help but it didn't so he went to cardio.
 
You all know this man is my rock that I lean on, the love of my life. It's always been easier for me to deal with my own health problems than those that I love. Of course he tells me it's no big deal lots of people have pacemakers cause he doesn't want me stressing. Besides having hernia surgery he has never been sick so this came as a shock.
 
They will do it as an outpatient. It is just scary when they start messing with the heart. I'm sure he will feel better than he has been with the low heart rate. I've never known anyone with a pacemaker.
 
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   Posted 10/28/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Marlee. . . I am sorry to hear about your husband.  The people I have known over the years with a pacemaker have done really well and feel better for it, so we'll pray that your old man will too :)  The best of luck and God bless you!!!

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   Posted 10/28/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, you need to calm down.  I have known several people with pacemakers.  One has had the pacemaker so long that he needed it replaced because of the age of it.  The second replacement was as easy as the first surgery.  (I think they just slip it under the skin and muscles.)  It's amazing what they can do  these days with the heart.  My father had to have an aortic valve replacement...back in 1970!  This was new territory back then, but he was out of the hospital, after the open heart surgery, in one week! 
 
The pacemaker surgery is out-patient, right?  If it were considered major surgery, he would be admitted and would be spending days there.  So you need to get a grip!  You are letting nothing but negative thoughts crash in on you instead of the positive thoughts.  Number one...they know about this so it can be taken care of.  I wasn't that fortunate.  Number 2...it is out-patient so he will be home that day.  Number 3...he will feel sooo much better and have more energy when his heart is working correctly.  Number 4...this will help him live a long and healthy life with you.  So, please calm down.  You want to give him a little tender loving care and you do not want to worry him. 
 
I'm here if you need to talk.  Just relax and take some deep breaths.  This is really a blessing.
 
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   Posted 10/28/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marlee,

I think that Sherrine is right, it is an outpatient surgery and I know that everything will go well. So try not to worry or stress, it will only cause you more pain and fatigue.

You and Ken are in my thoughts and prayers, everything is going to be okay.

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leemadd
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   Posted 10/28/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
 I am sure your Rock will be just fine.I have known several people that have pacemakers and they said it was a piece of cake. You know that you need to try not to add extra stress to your self. However I find my self worring about other people more than my self.So I can relate. I will be thinking of you and hubby and sending positive thoughts your way.

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   Posted 10/28/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marlee.   I too have known several people with pacemakers, and all have done very, very well with both the surgery and living with the pacemaker afterward.
 
I'm sure everything will be just fine.  It is a very common, routine procedure.   You and your hubby will be in my prayers.
 
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   Posted 10/28/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
The cardio office hasn't called with an app to have it done. They are going to do a stress test after they put it in to see if there is a blockage causing the low heart rate.
 
I'm calm on the outside for him. I know it's a blessing that they caught it and he didn't have a heart attack. Which is a miracle with the stress he has been under. It's such a shock that I wasn't prepared for. Not that you are ever prepared for anything. The sooner they can do it the better. I will call the boys tonight hopefully they will have it set up by then.
 
Many of you know we have made it through a lot together and we will continue to lean on each other, that's what we do.
 
I know I have my fibro family to come to for my fears, thanks.
 
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   Posted 10/28/2008 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, I'm so sorry about this news. But the bright side is yes, they did catch the problem early. And an outpatient surgery sounds promising, you'll have him home with you so much sooner! I remember you mentioning he was under a lot of stress, it can't be easy on you either to keep it together for him. Please relax. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Everythign will turn out all right, you'll see. (((HUGS)))
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   Posted 10/29/2008 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
They have it scheduled for the 11th of Nov. He has to stay in the hos for 24 hrs. Then they have to find out why his heart is beating so slow, if there is a blockage.
 
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   Posted 10/29/2008 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Marlee-

Try not to stress too much about hubby, he is going to be fine!

My sister has a pacemaker (she is 54) due to having "cardiomyopathy" and she has never felt so good. The only thing you have to do with a pacemaker is get a new one put in after time because the battery wears out.

Being a little anxious is normal- like you said it is the heart. But it has become a very simple procedure.

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   Posted 10/29/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
marlee,your husband is in my prayers . Hope everything runs smoothly.
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   Posted 10/29/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Marlee-

this is stressful! I find that if something is wrong with me, thats ok, i can handle it. If its my husband, I stress way more. I, like you, NEED that man.

try to stress less, doctors are great. my 80 year old grandfather had open heart surgery last feb, and is doing great. its amazing what modern medicine can do.

 

I'm sending my anti-stress wishes your way today!

 


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   Posted 10/29/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee,

Just want you to know that I am thinking about you. I am sure that Ken will be fine. Probably better than normal due to the slow heartbeat. You will be trying to keep up with him in no time.

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   Posted 10/29/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Marlee

Try not to stress out too much...........I am sure he will be just fine.

My grandmother had a pacemaker put in at the age of 90, due to a slow heart rate and she lived to be 100.

You and your DH are in my prayers blush


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   Posted 10/29/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   

(((Marlee)))

 

I'm sorry, I didnt see this till now!! shocked   I will keep you and Ken in my prayers, but from what I have read in these responses, I feel confident too.  Other than this heart beat problem, he is a healthy man..right?  They will probably do tests that day (Nov 11) as well.  Have they done an ultra sound on his heart, or that nuclear stuff in his veins at all yet?  If there is a blockage..that would pick it up immediately.  Did the doc say he suspects a possible block?  If so..then he would be doing the tests to find it before they put the pacemaker in...am I right?

I have a good feeling hon, and we all know how much power there is in prayer.  Just know that lot of us here will be sending them.  They say there is strength in numbers..so I hope this will help you calm down a bit.  I wish I could give you a hug in person.

Keep the faith,

Hugs 


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   Posted 10/29/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee,
 
I'm probably the last person to give advice, but from a kid's point of view, I sort of know what you are going through.  My dad was critically ill back in June, and the doctors said that he was just hours away from dying.  Anyway, my parents have been married almost 42 years, and while I still wonder how they ever got together, I really can't imagine one without the other.  I guess my long-winded point is that I understand why you are scared.  You've had a rough summer.  I hope everything works out for you and hubby (and puppy). :-)
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   Posted 10/29/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Marlee,

I would be scared, too.  Listen to Sherrine and others.  This isn't a major surgery like it used to be, right? And it is a big blessing that they know there is a problem and know a way to fix it.  In the meantime, we will be praying for you and him.  Take care of yourself during this time.

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   Posted 10/29/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, I'm sorry I didn't know about Ken until tonight.  You know your both in my prayers. 
 
Larry had triple by-pass two years ago and I almost lost my mind the week that he was in the hospital, so there's no use in saying "don't worry", because I know you can't keep from it.  
 
There's a little 6 year old boy with Down Syndrome in my room at achool that's had a pace maker since he was less than a year old.  He does fine with it and you would never know he has it. 
 
I'm just glad they found out about this situation before he had a heart attack.  Just give Ken a lot of love and attention and be there for him and God will see you through.
 
E-mail me if you need to talk.
 
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   Posted 10/29/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee- I know that God is with you both, and will protect you and Ken during this time. You have many people here who believe in you both and are praying for quick recovery and peace of mind. We are all here for you both. Peace be with you!
 


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   Posted 10/30/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Marlee, I just saw your post. My mother and brother-in-law both had this procedure done, my mother twice. Due to other complications my mother had ( she was/ is on Coumadin) she had to be in before and after for couple days. The procedure went well and she could feel the difference by the time she got home. My BIL had it done yrs. before my DM, and he felt so much better. My BIL has always been a man of action, had to be doing something. He was so drained all the time, the Pacemaker made such a difference in his life. I won't tell you not to worry, I would worry about anything that concerned my DH, too. That's what wives do, and do it so well. You know you and Ken are in my prayers.

Focus on your 40th Anniversary, that is a tremendous accomplishment!! Just think of the joy when you celebrate your 50th. We will all be waiting for the invites to your party. You are catching the problem before it causes a BIG problem, focus on the positive and we will be right here with you.

God bless.  Alice.

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