View Full Version : new icd tomorrow
11-23-2008, 07:40 PM
getting my st.judes v-197 replaced tomorrow. Keeps shocking me 'for no reason'. Then it's off to Bmore to see Dr. Abraham next tuesday. Hope he can clear this all up...
11-23-2008, 07:41 PM
11-23-2008, 08:16 PM
I trust all will go well and your new device will not shock inappropriately. Keep us posted.
11-23-2008, 08:21 PM
Sounds like a much-needed replacement. Good you're doing it!
Hope your recovery goes well.
11-24-2008, 06:50 AM
Good luck with all of this.
11-24-2008, 09:00 AM
At the risk of sounded corny.....tomorrow is going to be the first day of the rest of your life. No more inappropriate shocks . Good Luck !!!!
keep us posted
11-25-2008, 03:18 PM
This is where I'm supposed to say it was all a breeze. Sorry folks, but I gotta vent. First off my procedure was scheduled 3 weeks ago to begin at 11 am. I opted for a plastic surgeon to close so I wouldn't have the awful scar that was there from the first implant. Nobody could get in touch with the plastic surgeon. Finally went in at 4 pm not knowing if the plastics guy was there or not. As I was being prepped, I could hear the people in the operating room saying they still could not locate him. I decided to go ahead without him. Next thing I know, I was awake and feeling this guy stitch me up. I was screaming in pain and they were like 'oh no he's awake'. Then I went back under. Woke up in alot of pain. They decided to place my new device under my pectoral muscle. Now I am in some intense pain and have a drain hanging out of my chest. Two 500mg percocets are not cutting it.
Oh and they left my IV in. I took it out this morning.
I hesitate to recommend anyone to go to the new heart hospital in Norfolk, VA. After seeing Dr. Abraham next tuesday, I will be seeking a new Cardiologist. IThe only thing that gives me peace of mind is this new device (hopefully)will not shock me for no reason.
11-25-2008, 04:13 PM
WOW - Sorry you had a rough time & Hope that things improve GREATLY from this point on!
(I too was way too awake during mine & specifically requested to never see that doctor again)
11-25-2008, 05:43 PM
You've really had a bad run of luck lately it seems with the ICD. Sorry to hear your surgery wasn't what typically occurs. Hope from here on out it is all positive for you.
11-25-2008, 06:39 PM
OH my! I hope your recovery goes smoother then the whole ordeal you went through. Take care
11-25-2008, 07:04 PM
So sorry you are having such a rough time. Hope your recovery runs smoothly from here on out!
11-25-2008, 09:05 PM
I am so sorry to hear your replacement went so badly - my family (my husband, specifically) can sympathize after the implant we just went through.
I hope your recovery is quick and easy. Sounds like you're on the right track getting a new cardiologist. :)
11-25-2008, 09:31 PM
I am scheduled for my FIRST ICD on January 12th. I have been reading your posts and you have had it rough. Things can only get better. I agree with the others, you need a new cardio doc.
11-26-2008, 01:44 AM
I will echo everyones sentiments... I am so sorry it didn't go well. That is like something in a movie my boys would watch ( just a little humor). I have been shocked 10 times by my defib. and can send you my sympathy there. I have been soooo scared it would happen again. Mine was just a filtering problem and after a breathing treatment in the hospital and asked for no albuterol, but was given it anyway.
I hope you get relief soon.
11-26-2008, 08:22 AM
Ouch! Are things beginning to smooth out for you? Sorry it has been this rough. Keep us posted on your progress.
11-26-2008, 09:25 AM
thanks everybody. I don't want my experience to scare anyone. i chock it up to very bad doctors. From the time I was diagnosed, it's been one horrible incident after another. i am now debating whether or not to reschedule my appt. with Dr. Abraham as I will not be recovered enough to handle a stress echo. But that means waiting until the end of february.... Any input????
11-26-2008, 11:46 AM
I would call the Dr's office and see what they would like you to do. Good luck
11-26-2008, 02:05 PM
My son went through the mill Monday, but thank god he is ok and yes they really left his IV in and I helped take it out, now I'm wondering if I want to have my transplant there, no telling what would happen, I spent the day with John yesterday and yes he is in a lot of pain but getting better It all came down to communication Monday with these Dr.s not talking to each other and I got hot there was no excuse for this to happen and people not going by procedure maybe I will go out of state for my transplant
11-27-2008, 02:37 PM
Thanks for being there for me everybody. I am truly thankful that I have friends here to vent to. Happy turkey-day everyone.
11-29-2008, 05:21 PM
feeling a little better today. Just wondering if I should still keep my arm down if they did not replace the leads. They put it under the muscle. I am trying to get back to work ASAP for some christmas loot. I got no instructions except ' take your meds and keep it dry'.
11-29-2008, 09:39 PM
I believe that if you didn't have your leads replaced you shouldn't have any restrictions moving your arm. I had my device placed and then replaced under the muscle. I don't recall having any restrictions when the device was replaced. I was back at work on Monday after having surgery on Friday.
11-30-2008, 09:42 AM
WOW! I had a lot of pain the first 5 days. It's not so bad now. I just thought that they cut my muscle and should let it heal before I used it. I guess I need to make a few calls tomorrow.
What kind of work do you do that you could go back so quickly? I do HVAC work and could not imagine going back so soon. I am going to wait until I get my stitches removed at the very least. I went back early when the first device was implanted and ended up with an infection. I have no desire to have a PIC line again.
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