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  • #16
    Thanks everyone. Mary you are right you ARE also lucky.

    I named my son Timmy cause I was a Lassie addict as a child. I hope he always has happy endings like the story.

    We saw the car , of course it was totaled and a total eye opener to what could have happened.

    Pam
    Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
    Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
    Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
    SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
    [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
    Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
    Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
    Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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    • #17
      Pam

      How is your son doing? I hope he is well on his way to recovering physically and mentally and hope he realizes how lucky he is

      Shirley
      Diagnosed 2003
      Myectomy 2-23-2004
      Husband: Ken
      Son: John diagnosed 2004
      Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

      Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9

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      • #18
        Yes indeed Shirley. He is doing much better, thanks. Overall I think there has been more of a mental/ emotional trauma to him as you could imagine. He has yet to go further then across the street without anyone with him. He pulled his bike from the shed and has ridden that around. It has been 3years since I saw him on that. As his car is totaled he is stuck home and has not asked to borrow my car. I think it will be a little while longer before he drives again any distance from here. Today I took him on errands with me and he did not once complain about my driving or ask to drive. Now that is a first!!
        Pam
        Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
        Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
        Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
        SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
        [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
        Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
        Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
        Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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        • #19
          Pam,
          So glad to hear your son is ok. I have two boys, 17 and 20, and an accident like that is a mother's fear when they start driving and you're waiting for them to get home at night. I think you're right about the angels- someone is watching out for us.

          And things that are sometimes scary or sad often have a reason or lesson in the long run. My HOCM experience is like that. I was unsymptomatic until 46, then quickly became very symptomatic needing surgery. During the surgery I needed a patch on my septum and developed heart block.
          There was no intention of putting in a pacer/ICD when we began but I needed one as a result of the surgery, and was disappointed to not have my heart beating on its own anymore. But as fate would have it, 4 mos later I had a VT episode that would have been the end-- except for the fact that I had that ICD and it worked.

          Sometimes life works in mysterious ways. I'm sure your son will reflect on the accident in many ways- and it may serve him well. I hope so- and again I'm glad he's ok.

          Pam
          Diagnosed 8/2002, Myectomy (CCF) 3/2003, ICDs 2003,2006 (fired once appropriately), FT researcher, wife and mom of 2 boys (17 and 20).

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          • #20
            Pam
            I'm so sorry that your son had to learn a lesson by being in an accident. I can remember my mom saying, "Learn by your mistakes". I did and I think your son did, too.
            Esther

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            • #21
              Pam,

              Glad to hear everything turned out okay with your son.

              Jim
              "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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              • #22
                Pam,

                Just wanted to send you and your son my best. I've been on vacaton for the last 10 days, so I hadn't seen this yet.

                I'm so glad to hear that he made it through the accident, safe and sound, except for the left over emotional distress.

                Debbie

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