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Thursday, August 25, 2005

It's like a horse kicking you in the chest.

I don't know, do you think this is the kind of information a doctor should give a patient considering surgery to install a defibrillator? I kind of think it might be a case of way too much information. But regardless, I made the appointment and I'm having the damn thing inserted into my chest. I'm so not looking forward to it, but I need to do it. I'm having some syncopy issues that need to be resolved and this is the way to do it. So Medtronic will be inside my body. Hiho, hiho.
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Blogger Belinda said...

Oh, I'm so sorry you're having to go through this. But better do it than not, right? And the (admittedly very few) people I know who have this are doing very well.

And the patient stories on the Medtronic site are comforting, no? At least none of them say things like, "Joe was doing fine until one day he attempted to pass through an airport metal detector and was slammed backward through the air into the next terminal." Or, "Margie stood too close to her microwave while popping her Kettle Corn, and now she can't stop dancing..." I'm not helping, am I?

And if it helps at all, my mother, who actually WAS kicked in the chest by a draft horse as a child, says she doubts the Medtronic will pack quite such a wallop.

Prayers and blessings and general good vibes from Arkansas, Babe. You've got the stuff. I can tell from just reading. Don't know you, but wanna hug you.

30/8/05 1:28 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

Thanks for the nice comments. I'm not scared so much as annoyed that I've been the one chosen from my family to be patient zero, the first one born with a congenital heart defect. I hate my parents!

30/8/05 6:51 PM  

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