Thursday, January 13, 2011

Its ICD Time

Check out my Hubby's newest addition to his body!!! His brand spanking new Defibrillator or (ICD Device). What a roller coaster ride the past week has been.  After doing an ep study on Friday, it was determined that Jerry had ventricular fibrillation and would need a defibrillator to help his heart. When they went in to insert the wire...they perforated the heart...YEP that's right...they put a hole in his heart and the nightmare began ! The doctors had to connect a tube in his heart to drain the blood which was very painful. It also made it hard for him to breath and it was very unnerving. This was such a learning experience for both of us, since we were totally ignorant on the workings of an ICD. After five days in the  Cardiac Care unit and a successful surgery to implant the device, Jer came home.   Now its just taking it easy and adjusting his daily routine. Its just another chapter in our lives and we are so thankful that his condition was caught in time.  If left unchecked it could have resulted in sudden death!  Like they say..."What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"  Life goes on!!! Thank God for technology!

here is a link if you would like to know more on this handy little device


SouthernSass said...

Oh my goodness!! My daughter is a cardiac nurse at our local hospital. I am so glad that Jer is at home and doing well. I'll keep him in my prayers for a continued smooth recovery! :)

~SwAmPy~ said...

What an ordeal ! Glad he is doing better.
Seems as though I try to relate to what a person is going through and the closest thing I can come up with is when the doc was performing a static biopsy on my breast. He anesthetized the side the needle was going in to, but not the other side. Unfortunately, he miscalculated and punched the needle all the way through. At least it was just my boob and not my heart !
Feel better Jer ~sWaMpY~

The Church Lady said...

It was so good to see Jer back in the comforts of his own home!

Prayers were definitely answered!

MarieElizabeth said...

What an eventful week you've had! Glad to hear that all is much better now and he is home. Modern technology is amazing.

Faye said...

January is a dangerous month, it seems. So glad you were able to get Jer the prompt medical attention that he required even if there was a mis-stick. Did the weather complicate things as far as getting him to the hospital?

Please tell Jer that it's good to hear that he's home AND that he should pay strick attention to Nurse Janis!

Tracy said...

That was quite an ordeal but, I'm glad Jerry's home now and able to move on. I know he's anxious to get to the gym.

joangee said...

And I thought I'd had a tough week, but it pales into insignificance when compared to yours. Thank God Jer is home where he belongs. Hope he makes a full recovery.

Pam said...

I am so sorry you and Jer have had such a nightmare to deal with, Jan.
I am happy that Jer is on the mend and will be fine.
I have a neighbor with an ICD and he has no problems at all. I pray Jer will be the same.
I will keep Jer and you in my prays.

Warm hugs,
Pam :)

LV said...

What a terrible experience and nightmare for you. I have just about lost all faith in doctors and preachers anymore. Seems one or the others is messing up all the time. So thankful things worked out as well as they did and he will be okay. My husband never had one of these. He had a pacemaker that really helped for a while.

Becky and Gary said...

Good grief. That must have been SO scarey! I am glad that Jer is on the mend. Take care now.

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