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Any final words of wisdom?....my implant is in 23 hours!


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  • Any final words of wisdom?....my implant is in 23 hours!

    I am getting my ICD at 8:30 tomorrow morning. I have to be at the hospital at 5:30 a.m., and my babysitter called in sick today! Help!

    Anyway, I hope and pray that she is ok, and another friend is coming to spend the next two nights with my son, with the babysitter scheduled to come in during the day. Another worry, but at least it keeps my mind off the procedure.

    Any last words of encouragement or advice are appreciated.

    Thanks everyone for your support.

    Daughter of Father with HCM
    Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
    Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
    ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
    Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.

  • #2
    You'll do fine. I'll be thinking about you! Take care of yourself and get some rest.


    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


    • #3
      I got mine last week

      I had my pacemaker removed and an ICD put in last Tuesday. Mine was a little more involved because they had to remove some scar tissue in the pocket. The actual procedure wasn't too bad or painful. It was local so I was aware what was going on. They did put me to sleep to test it, which I am glad!

      Now, a week later, I am still sore, the unit is bigger than I thought. But I was back to work the day after I was discharged. (Less than 48 hrs after the procedure.) The hardest thing to do is shower, sleep and put on my bra!!

      I'm sure you'll do great, just remember to take it easy.

      God Bless


      • #4


        Sit back and enjoy the ride. My implantation is just 5 weeks old, but I couldn’t have asked for an easier procedure. I went to sleep and the next thing I knew I was being fed something by my wife at 3 PM in the afternoon. I was sore for a couple of days, but my scar healed in super time. My 6 year old says it’s because he prayed for me every night. In any case I was back working half days the next week and on a regular schedule within 10 days.

        I was easily tired for the first week so I took it easy. Other than not lifting my arm above my head it has been a breeze. I wish you the best. Keep us posted on your recovery.


        God Squad co-moderator
        Nothing is as gentle as strength and nothing is as strong as gentleness


        • #5
          BEST WISHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          You will be fine and in a few hours...TA DA it is done!
          Your in my thoughts and prayers!
          Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
          YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

          Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
          lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
          Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
          Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
          Currently not obstructed
          Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)