Thursday I am having lunch with a few of my former work associates; and, then Friday daughter will drive me to my appointment with the cardiologist and J&J's (pacemaker) manufacturer rep to check everything out and make adjustments to J&J. I have been keeping a log of feelings and events to coincide with what they will ask me from the reading.
J&J's battery lifespan is anywhere from 7 to 12 years I am told, depending on how often it needs to give a jolt; my visits for checkups start out frequently and then lessen as time goes on. Each time the battery is checked and when it gets close to the end of its life, then it's time for another pm. I received my "CareLink" (sending J&J's checkups via telephone) the other day and they start out as once a month, then at 6 months I'll call every 3 months to send a report, and so on.
I use to think pm's were for "old" people; but, reading the online support group's comments and answers to questions, there are a lot of teenagers, 20-30 year olds with pm's and a number that are on their 3rd, 4th and even 5th pm. Like anything new one gets into, there is a lot of learning.