[ICD after baby?]

Author: Craig (---.dsl.sfldmi.ameritech.net)

Date: 07-24-02 11:53

Hello friends,

As many of you know, I have decided to get an ICD implanted -- despite the fact that my only indication is that my septum is exactly 3cm! I am an extremely gray case, and don't appreciate this at all!

Needless to say, you also may recall that I am having a baby any day now (due August 12, 2002). This leads to my question: do any of you think I should be concerned about getting an ICD implanted only a few weeks after the baby is born? Lisa initially suggested getting it beforehand, but this is no longer an option since I don't want to take the chance of being in the hospital when my wife is giving birth.

So, I have decided to get it afterwards. The problem is that my EP says "no rush, wait a few months after the baby is born." And my local cardiologist said yesterday, "get it ASAP after the baby is born." To make things even more confusing, Dr. Lever (my HCM specialist), while supporting my decision, isn't convinced I need the ICD at all! Regardless, I have decided to get it anyway.

So, for all of you who have had both ICDs and babies (or whose partners have), what do you think? Will I be too exhausted a few weeks after the baby is born to get the ICD? Should I be concerned and wait? Or should I just get the damn thing already?

Thanks,

Craig

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[Re: ICD after baby?]

Author: Board Moderator: Sarah Beckley (---.dialup.mindspring.com)

Date: 07-24-02 12:51

Dear Craig

You will not be able to lift your arms over your head for two weeks and you will probably not be able to lift anything --including a baby and a stroller, etc, for a few days at least if not more. So just figure out with your wife when she will be able to get along without those skills from you and plan accordingly.

good uck

Sarah

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[Re: ICD after baby?]

Author: Julie (---.244.210.16.Dial1.Washington2.Level3.net)

Date: 07-24-02 15:10

Craig,

I was told not to lift my arm above my head for 6 weeks. I guess it varies by doctor. I'm 26 and in relatively good shape.

As far as recovery went, I was in the hospital overnight. The next day, I was able to walk to the car in the hospital parking lot.

The day after that I went shopping at Target and out to eat with the in-laws. Though you may feel tired and somewhat sluggish.

I remember that I was sore, but for me at least, it was not agonizing. I took Tylenol for discomfort. The most soreness occurred while sitting up from a laying down position. But while "up", I was fine.

I wouldn't hold off too long, though. You may just be relieved to get it behind you so it's not hanging over your head.

Best wishes and good luck with the new baby,

Julie

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[Re: ICD after baby?]

Author: Board Moderator: Sarah Beckley (---.dialup.mindspring.com)

Date: 07-24-02 19:22

Dear Julie

My few weeks was a guess ---six weeks may be standard.

Sarah

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[Re: ICD after baby?]

Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

Date: 07-25-02 21:03

Lisa Chimes In!

Hi Craig, I hope your wife is doing well with all this summer heat! Re your ICD, I understand your doctors sooner than later concern...and I understand Dr. Levers soon but dont run attitude. But that aside.

You know you want to get the device,it will give you some peace of mind to have that protection and you do have a risk factor that is rather significant (according to the literature). So WHEN.. understand that you will not be able to lift above your head for a few weeks and you will not be able to lift much for a few weeks too... You should be able to hold the baby rather soon after implant - - just have someone hand him/her to you.

OK I will tell you all a little something about my ICD implant I only hope Dr. Estees does not read this... 3 weeks post ICD implant I moved into my home. I could not stand the wallpaper in the kitchen (IT WAS ORANGE AND BROWN with chickens and coffee grinders on it!) So I pulled a corner and it came off rather easy (this was at 11:00pm mind you!) So I got my niece and said give me a hand. Within 10 minutes all the paper was in the middle of the floor (what a MESS)...so the next day I went to the store and picked out new wallpaper and put it up myself!

If I could wallpaper my kitchen in 3 weeks that should give you some idea how long it really took me to heal. HOWEVER please do not do this yourself, I must admit I was not thinking about the fact that the lead need to set in and heal, I should have really waited 2 more weeks.

Best to all!

Lisa

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[Re: ICD after baby?]

Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

Date: 07-28-02 12:51

Craig -

It is almost Baby time...who have you assigned to post on the message board when the baby is born... we want promt info on this baby...we have all been following along!

Best of luck to MOM, Dad and Baby for a wonderful day (soon!) PS remember August 9th is a great day for a birthday!)

Lisa