For those that don't know, I have congenital complete heart block. I've been on my 2nd event monitor for a little over 3 weeks now. This past Monday I was informed that my heart rate fell to 32bpm. My EP/cardiologist and I have known that a pacemaker was inevitable but we were trying to push off the surgery until I had major symptoms (ie: fainting, etc.). This decision was mainly due to my age and trying to keep from undergoing so many surgeries throughout my lifetime. This past week has been hard, to say the least. I've missed 2 days of work and have slept my way through the rest…on top of my "normal" daily symptoms. Because of my recent low bpm and my previously mentioned increase of symptoms, we decided that the pacemaker surgery can't be put off any longer. I've been all over the internet trying to find personal stories and experiences to no avail. I know the summary of the procedure but I'd like to hear more from the patient's point of view. Is there anyone out there that would mind sparing a moment to tell their story? Hospital stays, experience after surgery, recovery time, restrictions…anything! Pictures would be AMAZING also, as I've had NO LUCK finding any! I have an appointment this Friday to discuss the details of the surgery and to set a date for next week. Thank you all and I hope everyone is having an awesome day!!
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