Friday, October 1, 2010

UPDATE


I apologize for the lack of posting but I continue to feel beaten down by all the negative news and events.  I have had many posting ideas but have lacked the motivation and concentration to actually write them.

So we finally got the results from my dad's implanted monitor and it's good - he needs a pacemaker which he is having implanted this afternoon. Since he is having the monitor removed and the pacemaker implanted and he's 76, he'll stay in the hospital overnight and be home in the morning.

The pacemaker will improve his quality of life. The arrhythmia medication is designed to regulate his heartbeat thus not allowing his heart to beat faster when needed like when walking up steps, walking up mild inclines, riding his bike faster than 10 mph, etc causing. The pacemaker, which is so much better than they were even 10 years ago, automatically adjusts to increased activity so everything will be much easier. The pacemaker will also track and record his heart functions that can be downloaded every three months or so - amazing. It was interesting to learn that microwaves no longer effect them but he'll only be able to use his cell on his opposite ear. This makes me think that there maybe something to that cell phone causing brain cancer myth.

Everyone else is good and Truvy and Tramp are enjoying the cooler weather as it means they get to go on Jeep rides again.

Thanks for all your good thoughts and kind words.

14 comments:

  1. Stay strong and positive Sean.
    We'll be thinking of your dad today.

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  2. Is it a pacemaker or an ICD ? It makes a difference in his activity and what you should be on the look out for,daily activity and such. Either way it is a strong improvement with his quality of life as well as your piece of mind.

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  3. Hope things get better for you. It has been that type of week

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  4. All the best to you and your dad. It's a pretty routine procedure these days, so I am sure he'll be fine. But we'll send a lot of positive energy his way, just the same.
    Hope you return to writing again soon. But take whatever time you need. We'll still be here when you get back! :)

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  5. Sounds like a positive step, hope all goes well.

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  6. hang in there friend:) chin up....sending good thoughts to you and yours ;)

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  7. Your Dad's going thru what my Dad did about 6 years ago. It saved his life, I'm convinced. He's so proud if his pacemaker. He is still telling everyone all about it and makes everyone he knows touch his chest and feel the bump. Yes, he's weird, but it makes him laugh and keeps him happy.

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  8. That's good news! I hope things go well.

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  9. Sean, I do miss you when you don't post. I am glad your dad will be doing much better. And yes there has been a lot of bad news lately. Like a storm it will pass. Like Pollyanna says, "just think of something to be glad about". I'm glad I know you and can visit your blog.

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  10. Hang in there. I'm glad he's doing better and hope he continues to do well.

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  11. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs
    Ray

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  12. Sean, don't let the world beat you down; it is not worth it. If you let it, the world will burn you out. Rest, help your dad, enjoy the small things. It's Ok to feel tired of the insanity; we often do. When you fight returns you can give them hell. Sending good energy your father's way.

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