Thursday, March 15, 2012

It's Been a Month Now

A month into my new life. Living with J&J (pacemaker) is . . . . well becoming routine. I sleep at night like I use to - on both sides now and I can't feel J&J. My energy level is higher than it has been in several years.

I can lay down, without taking forever to lay down. Before, I would sit on the edge of the bed for 10-15 seconds, start to lay straight back taking 15-20 seconds to lie flat on the bed (you'd think I have abbs Nope). The heart would often go into its "flat lining" if I laid down too fast, I'd start to faint. If I was home and couldn't "fight" the passing out, I'd holler at housemate. He'd come and raise my legs up and pump them, I'd flail my arms around and breath heavy until I felt the sensation disappearing - anything to get my BP up. If I was by myself, I just did the best I could. Fortunately, the physical activity I did, kept me conscience more than not. I don't know how long I would be out. The one time my housemate saw me passed out (scared him), he said it was less than a couple of minutes. The fainting episodes would basically only happen when I would lay down.

It was getting to the point when I even sat down in a chair too fast like a kid often does, I would start to feel the fainting feeling. One time, housemate had to help me. So I'd sit down - like an old lady - very slow. After the heart monitor was inserted in my chest, I was having "events" - that's what the meds were calling them when I went to the hospital - while even standing.

For a few weeks after getting J&J inserted, I kept having sensations of my heart beating faster and my breathing becoming heavier and all I did was walk from one room to the next or something similar. Wow, several of those events in a day kind of wore me out. I even sent in a report to the manufacturer's rep at the hospital where I had the surgery. She called back and said everything was within normal range. So I blamed the erratic behavior on the solar sun flares setting off J&J.

I've done a little bit of work outside, especially with our 80-90ยบ weather lately, but I don't want to do too much yet as there is always the possibility of one or two more snow storms. Last year, we had a blizzard with blowing snow and I-70 being closed on April 15th. So have restrained myself.

I haven't started working back in the bathroom yet as I making myself finish the kids pillowcases. I ran into a former neighbor in the fabric dept at Walmart and she was buying kid's fabric to make pillowcases for kids in the Omaha children's hospital who are being treated for cancer. I found ConKerr Cancer and contacted a chapter in our state and set up arrangements to get the pillowcases to the contact person. Perhaps a few of my readers would be interested in helping out, no matter where you are so I have provided a link to ConKerr Cancer. There are easy instructions for making pillowcases on their site. The contact person said 100% cotton is best and the sky is the limit on what fabric patterns one can use. I think I will also donate fabric and ziplock bags as the contact told me she has several senior citizen groups making pillowcases too; and, they can use fabrics to work with since it's hard for them to get out. Maybe at some point I'll figure out how I can get some donations for more fabric.

Eggie is sitting out back - just sitting there waiting for me to do something to him. I go out every now and then and just sit and make some mental notes of what I want to do, what I need to finish (my cabinet locks, for one thing), what would be nice and sometimes I just sit.


  1. Good blog Emily! The pillow cases are really very nice! Glad you are keeping busy doing non-stress things! We are starting to pack the MotherShip! Love this beautiful weather... and to think... last week it was snowing!

  2. Spring is most definitely coming! Good for you to wait a while longer to start in on outside stuff! This weather is truly strange this year. Not very many days is it warmer in your neck of the woods than Yuma AZ! Yesterday was one of those days! Take care and keep taking it easy!