Pacemaker's owners club

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Re: Pacemaker's owners club

Post by garyboy » Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:22 pm

Richard Simpson Mark II wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:28 pm

Now just need to get my driving licence entitlements back. And remember not to reach or lift heavy objects until the wires are embedded in my heart.
.. just watch out for the wooden stakes, Richard 8-)

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Re: Pacemaker's owners club

Post by Bryn » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:24 am

Glad to hear you're doing well now Richard! A cardiac bikers club could be a great idea! It's amazing how much better you feel after getting your ticker sorted - are you feeling more energetic across the board?

I had heart surgery 10 years ago now to replace my aortic valve with a bovine tissue valve. It'll be due replacing in the coming years and I'll have to make the decision of mechanical or biological. Erring towards biological again as I don't like the sound of being on blood thinners for the rest of my life (I'm 28). Godspeed, I'd be interested to hear your take on which choice to make

One bit of advice I would give to anyone who's had heart problems (though it may be mostly limited to those who have had some form of surgery) - brush your teeth and look after them! I chipped my tooth a few years back (it was actually opening a beer bottle at an old ABR Rally) and I just left it. It eventually got infected, the bacteria got into my blood and then stuck to my aortic valve giving me endocarditis. 1 week of feeling like dying at home, 2 weeks in hospital, and 2 months on IV antibiotics 2-4 times a day.

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Re: Pacemaker's owners club

Post by Godspeed » Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:44 pm

Unfortunately my expertise is limited on valve replacement. Sorry I can’t help on that one 🙁
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Re: Pacemaker's owners club

Post by Richard Simpson Mark II » Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:39 pm

Cheers Bryn,

I'm feeling much better...I used to be really slow walking up hills, for example, but not any more.

Just got to remember to go gently lifting stuff and not raise my left arm.

I'm now engaged with what I fear may be a struggle with the Drivers Medical Unit at DVLA.

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Re: Pacemaker's owners club

Post by Paul_C » Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:46 am

Just wondering how we're all keeping? Ok here but my issues were/are relatively minor (fingers crossed).
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Re: Pacemaker's owners club

Post by Richard Simpson Mark II » Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:40 pm

All good, thanks

Marrying the love of my life in Oct, Covid permitting!

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Re: Pacemaker's owners club

Post by Hugh » Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:39 pm

Richard,

Good luck for your forthcoming hitch up, we want photos or it never happened :lol:

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Re: Pacemaker's owners club

Post by Richard Simpson Mark II » Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:26 pm

Forgot to say, had another check up the other week.
All done under covid conditions...wait outside until 5 mins before your appointment.
I've got 6.7 years of battery life left, and they don't want to see me for 12 months!

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Re: Pacemaker's owners club

Post by Godspeed » Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:58 pm

Richard Simpson Mark II wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:26 pm
Forgot to say, had another check up the other week.
All done under covid conditions...wait outside until 5 mins before your appointment.
I've got 6.7 years of battery life left, and they don't want to see me for 12 months!
That’s good. Which make and model do you have?
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Re: Pacemaker's owners club

Post by Richard Simpson Mark II » Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:02 pm

It's a PAS Assurity DR MRI, according to the little card that I carry.

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