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Find the music......

Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 9:30 pm
by ffuries
0330 this morning I heard an alarm go off, couldn't figure where though. Heard it again at 0630, 0930 then at 1230. Crap found the source of the alarm, it's me.

My ICD was sounding an alarm every three hours because one of my leads fractured. So in theory it can't give me therapy if needed. SOOO I'm a guest of Bay Medical Center until Tuesday at the earliest, when my Cardiologist comes in and decides when we'll do the surgery and if he'll let me out until then. So in reality it sounds like I'll be here until at least Friday the 1st of June, and they even grounded me to my room in the hospital. Yeah we'll see how that works out...........

Re: Find the music......

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 10:09 am
by steamer
A week in the hospital stinks but hopefully their going to get you a nice new one without any defects. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. :handgestures-thumbup:

Re: Find the music......

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:20 pm
by ffuries
The on-call Cardiologist didn't know or want to tell me what the alarm was. My Cardiologist knew right away what is was when I described the alarm to him. A faint beeping sound like a truck backing up that sounds every 24 hours means low battery (means you still have several months on it). A loud European siren sounding alarm that sounds every 3 hours means either lead failure or ICD failure (means get your ass to the hospital ASAP), that's the alarm I was getting.

Well I was kicked to the curb about 1130 Thursday. So I'm now at home chilling out in my bed. OMG the bed is so much softer and bigger. Can't go anywhere right now without the dogs following me, they went nuts when I walked in, our female Husky laid across my ankles, and our male Malamute/Husky laid across my lap. Guess they didn't want me disappearing again (was only MIA for 5 nights).

Doc doesn't want me doing any shooting for a couple months. Oh well guess I'll just have to fondle the guns for now. 

Medtronic learned after the fact that the leads were prone to breakage, but they were lasting for at least 15-18 years before any issue with that (Even longer for non active patients). Mine only made it 11 1/2 years, due to me being far more active than most people with ICDs. Hell Medtronic gave me a lifetime warranty on my new leads, and paid for my entire surgery and hospital stay. So I can't say enough good things about Medtronic. Hell nothing lasts forever, and yet they acted as if it should have, and felt bad that it didn't.

CINC Household got me the latest Clive Cussler book to read, and Call of Duty: WWII for the XBOX One (Can shoot guns in the game, seeing i can't shoot my real ones). Now my meds are kicking in, got the house to myself, the Huskies are curled up next to me in foxballs, so I guess it's time to take a nap!

Here's a picture after the dressing came off, no that isn't iodine that is bruising........

Re: Find the music......

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:14 pm
by 72 usmc
I had all sort of crazy problems with the ticker that kept me in that stinking hard a$$ bed for 2 1/2 weeks. Then the bill almost killed me. Then 2 years later the stroke put me back in, that bed had an alarm if I moved, but I fooled them and came out normal, well as normal as an old Jar head can be. I hope all went well. Glad it was all paid for, you lucky dog. That is a nice small hole. I was cut up like a frog in bio class. Actually today is one years since the stroke, lots of pills, but no more secondary strokes.

Re: Find the music......

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:09 pm
by ffuries
Between Tricare and Medicare I never have any out of pocket expenses, which is awesome. Medtronic basically paid what would have been billed to Tricare/Medicare.

Healing is coming along, still have nights when I roll over a certain way that wakes me up ASAP with some serious pain. The bruising has finally started to fade away, just some small spots here and there. The incision is about 3 - 4 inches long, so nothing major there.

The worse part is being awake for the procedure. Feeling the pulling, tugging, and the placement of the lead into the heart through the artery. After all that is done, then they knock you out to test the device. Never understood why, just put me nite - nite and when I wake up it's all done.

Not allowed to push, pull, or lift anything over 5 pounds with the left side. No driving for awhile, no shooting for a few months, no lifting the left arm above shoulder height for a while either. Pretty much just ignore my left arm right now.

Re: Find the music......

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:47 pm
by steamer
Hope that you have a speedy and problem-free recovery. :handgestures-thumbupleft: