Why a pacemaker?

My 85 year old mother-in-law, Betty will be receiving her first pacemaker next week.  We’ve had countless conversations about what ‘life with a pacemaker will be like.’ As a wired woman; I can share with her my experience, knowledge and do’s and don’ts, just as I have the past ten years to wired women across the globe.  The advice is […]

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Biotronik

I usually write about Medtronic or Boston Scientific, but not the two lesser used devices; Biotronik and St. Jude Medical.  This is not to say they ARE lesser, but as seen on our Facebook page polls (not scientific by any means), these two latter device manufacturers rarely hit the 10% mark of implanted devices in our community. So I’ve been […]

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I’m still me

Becoming ‘wired’ certainly changes the dynamic of your life, particularly if you are in the below-60-age group.  The last thing you probably ever considered encountering at a young(er) age was the possibility of a pacemaker or defibrillator.  This could be as shocking as discovering you were pregnant, or being asked to take early retirement! Say it ain’t so!! Keep in […]

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Shock and Awe

If you have a defibrillator, you may have more questions than answers, so I’d like to take the time to dispel some myths and talk facts. For starters, there is quite a difference between a pacemaker and a defibrillator.  A pacemaker sends “low energy” pulses and a defibrillator (ICD) sends “high energy” pulses and can be quite painful. For many, […]

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What doesn’t kill you

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?  What sort of nonsense is this?  For me, this quote is just completely nonsensical. When you live with a chronic health issue you live as well as you can.  Some days are better than others, some are downright awful and some are just tolerable. But being told you will become stronger because you […]

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Comment to win

You want to win this book; because you are wired and want to share with your children or grandchildren in a way they can understand…OR you know (or have) a young child who is wired and would love to read about a little girl with a pacemaker. From the author:  “Riley worries about sharing her secret of having a pacemaker […]

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