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Glad to hear it went well today. Please keep us informed when you can on your big show. Good Thoughts are with you for a speedy recovery.
Well, Todays ordeal is done. It took about 3 hours to remove my infected pacer and all it's leads. I am and will remain in CICU for the duration until a new pacemaker is installed on Wednesday. I was screened for CV19 and masked coming in. I am alone, as no family or guests are allowed in this facility. it is not a Covid-19 treating hospital- at least in the Heart/Lung building, and no staff goes back and forth. There is plenty of staff though for company and assistance. My Wife is in a nearby hotel suite with the dog for company. We text, talk and can video of the mood strikes.

I am still pretty sore, and expect to remain so for a few days.

I appreciate your concerns, prayers and well wishes. I regret that I won't be able to answer individual posts and questions, but please know that you all are in my heart and thoughts.

Until the World gets back to some semblance of 'normal', and we can travel again, be well, and be safe!

Jim
 

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Well, Todays ordeal is done. It took about 3 hours to remove my infected pacer and all it's leads. I am and will remain in CICU for the duration until a new pacemaker is installed on Wednesday. I was screened for CV19 and masked coming in. I am alone, as no family or guests are allowed in this facility. it is not a Covid-19 treating hospital- at least in the Heart/Lung building, and no staff goes back and forth. There is plenty of staff though for company and assistance. My Wife is in a nearby hotel suite with the dog for company. We text, talk and can video of the mood strikes.

I am still pretty sore, and expect to remain so for a few days.

I appreciate your concerns, prayers and well wishes. I regret that I won't be able to answer individual posts and questions, but please know that you all are in my heart and thoughts.

Until the World gets back to some semblance of 'normal', and we can travel again, be well, and be safe!

Jim
... and you be well and safe!
 

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Well, Todays ordeal is done. It took about 3 hours to remove my infected pacer and all it's leads. I am and will remain in CICU for the duration until a new pacemaker is installed on Wednesday. I was screened for CV19 and masked coming in. I am alone, as no family or guests are allowed in this facility. it is not a Covid-19 treating hospital- at least in the Heart/Lung building, and no staff goes back and forth. There is plenty of staff though for company and assistance. My Wife is in a nearby hotel suite with the dog for company. We text, talk and can video of the mood strikes.

I am still pretty sore, and expect to remain so for a few days.

I appreciate your concerns, prayers and well wishes. I regret that I won't be able to answer individual posts and questions, but please know that you all are in my heart and thoughts.

Until the World gets back to some semblance of 'normal', and we can travel again, be well, and be safe!

Jim

Great to hear from you, Jim! Please rest and take care of yourself.
 

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Jim, dear...you're not alone. We're with you, whether you want us or not! We're thinking kind thoughts, praying prayers for healing and comfort, and hoping that all goes well. Thank you for letting us know you've gotten through the first stage with flying colors. <3

Panina, glad to hear that your appointment went well, too. I know you were worried about it. Now you're home, safe and sound, and can relax a little bit. Make your husband wait on you a little! <3
 

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Well, Todays ordeal is done. It took about 3 hours to remove my infected pacer and all it's leads. I am and will remain in CICU for the duration until a new pacemaker is installed on Wednesday. I was screened for CV19 and masked coming in. I am alone, as no family or guests are allowed in this facility. it is not a Covid-19 treating hospital- at least in the Heart/Lung building, and no staff goes back and forth. There is plenty of staff though for company and assistance. My Wife is in a nearby hotel suite with the dog for company. We text, talk and can video of the mood strikes.

I am still pretty sore, and expect to remain so for a few days.

I appreciate your concerns, prayers and well wishes. I regret that I won't be able to answer individual posts and questions, but please know that you all are in my heart and thoughts.

Until the World gets back to some semblance of 'normal', and we can travel again, be well, and be safe!

Jim
Good to hear from you. Your half way to having it behind you. We are all here with you in wishing you well and with good thoughts :hug
 

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Well, Todays ordeal is done. It took about 3 hours to remove my infected pacer and all it's leads. I am and will remain in CICU for the duration until a new pacemaker is installed on Wednesday. I was screened for CV19 and masked coming in. I am alone, as no family or guests are allowed in this facility. it is not a Covid-19 treating hospital- at least in the Heart/Lung building, and no staff goes back and forth. There is plenty of staff though for company and assistance. My Wife is in a nearby hotel suite with the dog for company. We text, talk and can video of the mood strikes.

I am still pretty sore, and expect to remain so for a few days.

I appreciate your concerns, prayers and well wishes. I regret that I won't be able to answer individual posts and questions, but please know that you all are in my heart and thoughts.

Until the World gets back to some semblance of 'normal', and we can travel again, be well, and be safe!

Jim

Glad to hear, Jim! Rest up! Hope all goes well on Wednesday and you will be back home soon!
 

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Jim, I am glad that the first part is done and went smoothly, and that the staff is taking good care of you. Being there without family would be the toughest part for me, personally. Impressed by your positive attitude.

Thanks for continuing to check in as you can. As others have said, we're all pulling for you. I'd also like to hear about your wife's hotel experience...as the first TUG-related person to stay in a hotel since the end of March. :)
 

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Thanks for continuing to check in as you can. As others have said, we're all pulling for you. I'd also like to hear about your wife's hotel experience...as the first TUG-related person to stay in a hotel since the end of March. :)
We're in a Residence by Marriott. It's about 25% occupied. No happy hour. No maid service, no breakfast. They have 'Grab-n-Go' boxes with some fruit, rolls, cereals, layed out. No coffee. They will bring clean linens and leave outside the room, and take bagged trash. People are not sharing the elevators. Staff is not masked.

Jim
 

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I am pretty calm. What needs to be taken care has to be taken care of. I had come before to realize this virus is here for awhile and we have to figure out how to adjust. Risk is everywhere even when food and packages are delivered to our home even though it probably minimizes it.

My mom is in the same boat. She has no choice but to go get her macular eye shot early May, the doctor pushed it out as far as possible. Mom is in NYC and will have to get in a taxi which does worry me. I can get in my own car.

I know what I need to do, but the reality is the nurse putting drops in my eyes and the doctor will be just a few inches away from me in distance. Let the force be with me and protect me!
Good thoughts for you. I am sure the nurse and doctor will be dressed in appropriate and protective gear. Every medical practitioner is covered. My brother sent me a picture of himself this weekend in Blue Protective Garb, head-to-toe and with a mask- n-95 to boot. He looked like Darth Vader in Blue. Keep the thought positive and sane. Will be thinking of you.
 

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Best wishes and congratulations to the "magicians" who are working on you. From your posts, it seems that your confidence level is high and the people treating you are totally qualified. Covid aside, we live in a magical time where what used to be impossible is now "standard procedure." Keep up the great work!

And remember, those Bonvoy points add up. :whooopie:
 

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We're in a Residence by Marriott. It's about 25% occupied. No happy hour. No maid service, no breakfast. They have 'Grab-n-Go' boxes with some fruit, rolls, cereals, layed out. No coffee. They will bring clean linens and leave outside the room, and take bagged trash. People are not sharing the elevators. Staff is not masked.

Jim
Glad you are in recovery. You are aa tough cookies and had a great attitude.
 

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Brewster Green (two weeks).
Good to hear that the first part has gone well! Hoping the next will too! So nice to hear from you during this!
 

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Glad you are in recovery. You are a tough cookie and had a great attitude.
Thanks. Yeah, I'm kind of a tough ol' bird, and doubt this will be much more than a bump in the road in the end.

Since we can't go anywhere anyway, this is as good a time as any to get this done. It wasn't elective, but so much elective surgery is being curtailed or postponed that the facilities are over staffed and under utilized waiting for an expected crush of Covid-19 cases.

Jim
 

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Hope today and tomorrow go by quickly so you can then be on the road to a full recovery!! Prayers and best wishes.

(If they won’t let your wife visit maybe she can send the dog in to you instead...as one of those pets are good for patients in the hospital programs)
 

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They came and got me in the CICU and moved me to a newly opened wing. Due to the 'no elective surgeries' position, there is not much work in non Covid-19 areas of many hospitals. They are holding areas that can be isolated back in reserve in case there is a sudden uptick in the number of needed beds. This hospital has 6 floors in the Heart & Lung building. Plus 6 other buildings.They've just been using 2 floors here. So they decided since I will be here 2 more nights (inshallah) they'd free up an intensive care room.

My procedure has gone well so far. One more session to install a new pacemaker/defibrillator tomorrow. Hang for a day to check things out and head home Thursday. Fingers crossed, but so far, so good.

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Looks like I get another move. There are just 3 patients on this floor in a mostly empty- held in reserve for Covid-19 hospital. And 2 of those are going home today. So the rumor is that after my procedure, I'll awaken in another different place. I have not had the same nursing staff two shifts of the last 3 days. Can't complain about the service, but the communication leaves some room for improvement. I am safe. There are no family or guests, but you get the feeling that they are just waiting for an expected attack. Everyone is masked, with eye coverings, and much hand washing and disinfectant around.

I think it might be a little like being prepared for a hurricane, and just watching it's approach.

Jim
 
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Guess I better update. My operation for Wednesday noon was delayed. They came and got me about 2:00 pm. I was ready. I'd been NPO since midnight and was hungry. I asked the nurse to have something ready in recovery. As before, everyone was fully suited, masked/visored. You couldn't tell who was who. They were very professional. The decision wa made that I'd stay in the same room, and in fact they moved a few more patients onto the floor. Still pretty quiet. I awoke in recovery. Lots of activity I was pretty sore. They took me to my room about 7:00 pm. They had been working on me for over 3 hours trying to connect a 3rd lead to my heart. It wasn't happening. They finally quit and glued my chest closed. Really. I felt like I'd come in second in a bar brawl. I put on my oxygen and went to sleep (mostly). A nurse came in. We talked dogs for a while and I got drugs and went back to sleep.

When I awoke Thursday (yesteday) morning, DW was to check out of her hotel by noon. I was to wait for the doc to check me out and give me my marching orders.. I hurt, but a little Tylenol dulls that. I packed, the doc came in. They removed the IVs I had in each arm. they told me the pressure bandage on my new incision could come off in the evening, and the old incision was covered with 'Steri-Seal' and would wear off in time (DON'T PULL OFF)! They escorted me out and we drove the 4 hours home in high winds and on and off rain.

I am now on prety much self-imposed quarantine for 2 weeks, due to being pretty close to medical staff for several days. They were always masked, but we were close and right now, we just don't know.

My 'regular' Cardiologist had me come in today to lookover the handiwork of the 'Big Guns from the East', and express that the local guy wants another crack at attaching the missing lead. There is a giant hemotoma where they removed my pacemaker from my chest that will take up to a couple of months to reabsorb. I'm bruised and beat and can't lift either arm above my shoulder, and frankly I'm not anxious to go under the knife anytime soon. We'll revisit this in a few months.

So, bottom line. I'm home. Resting comfortably. On light duty for a month- they don't want me lifting anything heavier than a milk carton. I'm indoor. DW is doing the shopping. and much of the cooking- She's baking bread as I type. Few things better than fresh out-of-the-oven bread.

We had a neighbor kid who is to turn 18 next week kill himself in a cliff-diving/swimming accident. The family is understandably distraught. They are 'outdoorsy' and this young man was his Mom's 'Ray of Sunshine'. Thoughts of separation are futile. There is hugging and gathering. I will run a loaf of bread over there with a hand-painted condolence card from DW and we'll beg off any remembrance gathering.

It's been a pretty full week. Sorry to hijack the thread. It wasn't intentional. I think we can put it away now.

Jim
 

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Take care. Sounds like a lot going on. I’m glad you made it back home and are resting and healing there. Peace, hugs, prayers.
 

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Guess I better update. My operation for Wednesday noon was delayed. They came and got me about 2:00 pm. I was ready. I'd been NPO since midnight and was hungry. I asked the nurse to have something ready in recovery. As before, everyone was fully suited, masked/visored. You couldn't tell who was who. They were very professional. The decision wa made that I'd stay in the same room, and in fact they moved a few more patients onto the floor. Still pretty quiet. I awoke in recovery. Lots of activity I was pretty sore. They took me to my room about 7:00 pm. They had been working on me for over 3 hours trying to connect a 3rd lead to my heart. It wasn't happening. They finally quit and glued my chest closed. Really. I felt like I'd come in second in a bar brawl. I put on my oxygen and went to sleep (mostly). A nurse came in. We talked dogs for a while and I got drugs and went back to sleep.

When I awoke Thursday (yesteday) morning, DW was to check out of her hotel by noon. I was to wait for the doc to check me out and give me my marching orders.. I hurt, but a little Tylenol dulls that. I packed, the doc came in. They removed the IVs I had in each arm. they told me the pressure bandage on my new incision could come off in the evening, and the old incision was covered with 'Steri-Seal' and would wear off in time (DON'T PULL OFF)! They escorted me out and we drove the 4 hours home in high winds and on and off rain.

I am now on prety much self-imposed quarantine for 2 weeks, due to being pretty close to medical staff for several days. They were always masked, but we were close and right now, we just don't know.

My 'regular' Cardiologist had me come in today to lookover the handiwork of the 'Big Guns from the East', and express that the local guy wants another crack at attaching the missing lead. There is a giant hemotoma where they removed my pacemaker from my chest that will take up to a couple of months to reabsorb. I'm bruised and beat and can't lift either arm above my shoulder, and frankly I'm not anxious to go under the knife anytime soon. We'll revisit this in a few months.

So, bottom line. I'm home. Resting comfortably. On light duty for a month- they don't want me lifting anything heavier than a milk carton. I'm indoor. DW is doing the shopping. and much of the cooking- She's baking bread as I type. Few things better than fresh out-of-the-oven bread.

We had a neighbor kid who is to turn 18 next week kill himself in a cliff-diving/swimming accident. The family is understandably distraught. They are 'outdoorsy' and this young man was his Mom's 'Ray of Sunshine'. Thoughts of separation are futile. There is hugging and gathering. I will run a loaf of bread over there with a hand-painted condolence card from DW and we'll beg off any remembrance gathering.

It's been a pretty full week. Sorry to hijack the thread. It wasn't intentional. I think we can put it away now.

Jim
Hi, glad your home and saw your doctor. The missing lead, how important is it? Or is it a wait and see if you are ok without it? Sorry to hear how beat up you feel/are. I hope you feel better soon.
 

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Good the it was a successful surgery, even though they did not complete as plan. Yeah... how important is that third lead that should have been connected? Do they really need to try to connect it again?
 

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Hi, glad your home and saw your doctor. The missing lead, how important is it? Or is it a wait and see if you are ok without it? Sorry to hear how beat up you feel/are. I hope you feel better soon.
It's kind of important. This unit (like the last one) is a combo pacer/defibrilator. It has a wire to each of the atria (the top chambers of the heart) left and right. Then there is a wire to the lower left ventricle. With 2 wires (leads) the device can't sync all the functions of the heart to time it to pump in a synchronized way to get the most blood flow out nof it. Mine will still be able to shock me back to life if I have a heart attack or something, but without the lead to my lower ventricle, it isn't able to synchronize the beating for efficient pumping. My heart only pumps at about 20-25% efficincy- called 'ejection fraction' what percentage of blood is 'expelled' with each contraction. Like when you hold your hand underwater and squeeze quickly trying to squirt on other people in a pool. Your heart works similarly. My heart, 'She doesn't squeeze so good.'

So to answer your question, it's important, and the device has the capability to correct it, but right now, I'm not in a hurry to go under the knife. It might take a real life cardiac surgeon to hook this up, but I'm going to need some convincing before I go through with this. It's one thing to fish a wire through a vein, and quite another to make a channel and sew a lead into it.
 

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Was thinking of this thread. Its about a month since I started it. Monday I go back to the eye doctor to get my retina checked again.

Today I went to the dermatologist office to check two suspect lesions. They were not cancer, so all is good.

Yesterday I knocked my head getting into my car, not paying attention. Ouch, Ouch, Ouch. Lucky just hurts when I touch it.

Made me reinforce my thoughts that life moves on. While I am taking precautions with masks, distance and washing I realize that the virus is only a piece of the risk of life. Anything at any time can happen. Meanwhile will continue to navigate the best I can.
 

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I saw a 'Like' from a TUGger, so I'll update. Been home 3 weeks. The big hole where the old pacemakers were got infected (is this my future?) so I went to the local hospital- not the place 250 miles away where the surgery was done. Not specifically for the drainage, but I was scheduled for an echocardiogram. I wanted to see if my heart was functioning better after the pacer was installed. Turned out my 'ejection fraction'- the measurement of how much blood the heart pumps with each contraction.- It turns out it's improved 50-60%. Still not great, but better anyway.

So after the echo, I asked for a nurse to look at the drainage issue. She took pictures, and disappeared for a few minutes. She returned with my regular cardiologist- dressed in full SCRUBS! He pushed and prodded my wound and it erupted a fair amount of blood. He marched me right through the main hospital entrance- (no public there, it is closed to the public) and straight into the cardiac catheterization lab. They built a dam in the crook of my arm to keep me from bleeding all over the place. They drained the blood and put a bunch of disinfectant in the wound, called in a serious antibiotic (4 pills a day) and stitched and bandaged it up.

All the above was 2+ weeks ago. I'm happy to report that the drainage had almost stopped. There is no pain and all indications are that the big pool of blood is resolving and the old wound- though is not pretty, will finally close up. The new pacemaker seems to be performing well, I have energy, am able to walk comfortably as long as the dog wants to go. There is still that 3rd lead to my heart that is not connected. I will see the cardiologist in July. He wants to make a stab (unfortunate choice of words) at connecting it. The Doc who installed the pacer in Utah a month ago worked for 3 hours to connect it. To say I'm not enthusiastic about trying again is an understatement., We'll revisit this in about 6 weeks.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch. We're home. I can finally lift weight and my arms above my shoulders, so I guess 'light duty' is done and DW will have me back gardening. No more limiting my weightlifting to a pint at a time.

Jim
 

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I saw a 'Like' from a TUGger, so I'll update. Been home 3 weeks. The big hole where the old pacemakers were got infected (is this my future?) so I went to the local hospital- not the place 250 miles away where the surgery was done. Not specifically for the drainage, but I was scheduled for an echocardiogram. I wanted to see if my heart was functioning better after the pacer was installed. Turned out my 'ejection fraction'- the measurement of how much blood the heart pumps with each contraction.- It turns out it's improved 50-60%. Still not great, but better anyway.

So after the echo, I asked for a nurse to look at the drainage issue. She took pictures, and disappeared for a few minutes. She returned with my regular cardiologist- dressed in full SCRUBS! He pushed and prodded my wound and it erupted a fair amount of blood. He marched me right through the main hospital entrance- (no public there, it is closed to the public) and straight into the cardiac catheterization lab. They built a dam in the crook of my arm to keep me from bleeding all over the place. They drained the blood and put a bunch of disinfectant in the wound, called in a serious antibiotic (4 pills a day) and stitched and bandaged it up.

All the above was 2+ weeks ago. I'm happy to report that the drainage had almost stopped. There is no pain and all indications are that the big pool of blood is resolving and the old wound- though is not pretty, will finally close up. The new pacemaker seems to be performing well, I have energy, am able to walk comfortably as long as the dog wants to go. There is still that 3rd lead to my heart that is not connected. I will see the cardiologist in July. He wants to make a stab (unfortunate choice of words) at connecting it. The Doc who installed the pacer in Utah a month ago worked for 3 hours to connect it. To say I'm not enthusiastic about trying again is an understatement., We'll revisit this in about 6 weeks.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch. We're home. I can finally lift weight and my arms above my shoulders, so I guess 'light duty' is done and DW will have me back gardening. No more limiting my weightlifting to a pint at a time.

Jim
Saw you posting so thought you were doing well. I guess I shouldn’t have assumed. I am glad you are doing better now.
 
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