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    i had my ICD implant on monday, and all seems well. after 9 hours in a waiting room (no joke) i was getting anxious and tense so they gave me some chill-out medicine that helped me relax. the knocked me out, they were planning on keeping me awake but i was out (yay!) and for a half hour after i woke up, i did not shut up. i couldnt!!! the doctors were making fun of me cuz i was so hyper and i was going on and on asking what i did when i was asleep so they made fun of me talking about how i was drooling and snoring and they played with my head. they were all shocked at how young i was too. last night (tuesday night) was the hardest because all the muscles were twitching and it was freakin me out.

    so not im just sore as crap and tylenol seems to be doing fine. they used derma-bond (the liquid bandaid stuff) so he said i coulda taken a shower the night of the procedure with no problem. but i didnt cuz it hurt too bad to hold its own weight. but this stuff is awesome. you can see the cut and it only looks like a really nasty cat scratch. they put it in a place where they knew most shirts would cover it, and its really tiny its only like 1 1/2 inches long! and they only put one lead it, its a new kind i guess that they can remove while the other ones you couldnt.

    they also gave me a copy of what the defib recorded when they tested it and shocked me in surgery wich is pretty cool, and they gave me a copy that simulates the shape, size & weight of the defib. to show people which is cool.

    also my restrictions are sooo much better than i expected!!! i can drive and stuff in a week, he wants me to move my arm a little (brushing my hair and stuff) within that week, annnnd all my arm restrictions and stuff are all out the window in 3 weeks!!! YAY!! i was expecting six..!

    so right now being this sore isnt that bad, a lot better than i thought. thank god for tylenol!!
    ~janelle*
    \"The heart swells at the magnificance\"

    1 timothy 4:12: Do not let others look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

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    Janelle:

    I'm so glad that everything went so smoothly for you. Hope your recovery continues to speed along.

    Abby

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    • #3
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      Wonderful, Janelle!

      I hope it brings you and your family great peace of mind.

      Rhoda

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        I'm glad you feel so good and it wasn't as big a deal as you expected!

        Reenie
        Reenie

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

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        • #5
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          Janelle, great to hear your doing so well, keep it up.
          Every great thing that has ever happened since the beginning of time has started as a single thought in someones mind.
          So if you are capable of thought then you are capable of great things
          Good luck and stay well.
          Glen

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          • #6
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            Janelle---Great news! So glad things went well. Sounds like your scar will not be noticeable at all. I'm so pleased for you.

            Sue in Maryland

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            • #7
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              Janelle, Hope things continue to go so well for you. Thanks for the updates. Are you finished with school for the summer? Linda

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                i have to go back next week for finals, but just mon-wed. i took the sling off to let my muscles do thier own thing...hurts like crap. *sigh*
                ~janelle*
                \"The heart swells at the magnificance\"

                1 timothy 4:12: Do not let others look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

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                • #9
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                  The pain will soon pass. After a while you won't event think about it.
                  Leon
                  God Squad co-moderator
                  Nothing is as gentle as strength and nothing is as strong as gentleness

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                  • #10
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                    I am happy that it went well for you...actually your experience is rather common. The procedure is not that bad and living with and ICD is normally rather uneventful.

                    Best wishes!
                    Lisa
                    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)

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                    • #11
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                      good luck and don't overdo it! my implant was also very easy but i think i got over-excited about the ease of recovery and did a little too much too soon and my device moved and now sticks out more than it should--either that or they didn't put it in right; still thinking about revision.

                      but check the icd board soon for more on my icd adventures!

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                      • #12
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                        This is GREAT news and I am so happy for you that everything went well and that you are feeling good and driving!
                        Jen

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