My ICD implant surgery took 3 1/2 hours on Wednesday afternoon. The Doctor wasn't happy with the incision site that I had 6 1/2 years ago so after he opened it up and took out the 'old' dual device, he made a new incision for the 'new' device.
While in there, he found that the top lead wire had become unattached from my heart and that's why it hadn't been pacing/sensing. Heaven only knows how long that was going on since my last visit had been over a year ago. I would have to say since I had begun to feel extremely fatigued and had shortness of breath...at least 7-8 months.
I had to spend the night for evaluation. Got into my room at 6:30 pm and I was STARVING. Hadn't had any food or water for over 26 hours. At 7:30 a tray finally came for me and Tom had to feed me because I wasn't yet allowed to lift my head or fully sit up. Dinner consisted of potato soup, turkey, plain mashed potatoes, green beans, a dinner roll & a cookie. I am not normally a BIG eater but I was still hungry. Another tray came in at 7:45 and the worker saw that I already had a tray and turned around to take the new one back. Tom said " you can leave it here, she's still hungry". This tray had chicken salad on a croissant, fruit cup & a slice of apple pie. I ate the sandwich & fruit and Tom ate the pie.
That chicken salad was 'THE BOMB' :)
Wasn't sure what time I was to be discharged yesterday, so I filled out a lunch menu and ordered another chicken salad croissant. Wouldn't you know I was discharged 10 minutes before they started to serve lunch!!!
I have limited use of my left arm for 4 weeks. No lifting it more than shoulder height and no lifting anything over 5 lbs. My biggest concern is HOW THE HECK AM I SUPPOSED TO CURL MY HAIR??? We have a 4 day trip planned to Atlantic City in 2 weeks. Without it curled I look like a red-headed Moe Howard ( from the 3 Stooges). Maybe I can teach Tom how to use my curl iron/brush. Or shop for an Eva Gabor wigs...... hmmmm that's a thought.