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Thursday, May 02, 2013

This is overdue and I apologize for being tardy but a lot of happened along the way.


This was an interesting week. The workouts did not result in any muscle pain, rather, the muscles were just tired. That was the term used by the trainer. That being said, I did see a marked improvement in my balance. The workouts were rigorous and resulted in many positive results. The trainers were always complimenting me (and everyone else in the room) and it was encouraging.

My balance was still really bad, but getting better. One balance test was really enlightening. I was asked to walk across the room while turning my head from left to right and repeat. I came very close to falling and this explained why I did fall flat on my backside in the Seattle airport last September.


This was more of the same but I noticed that my muscle weakness was easing so I was really encouraged. I was beginning to enjoy the workouts, which is contrary to my couch potato lifestyle. Of course, my lifestyle was the major contributor to my problem in the first place.

I had an appointment with my cardio during week 3 and the decision was made to install a pacemaker. No big deal, right? I went in on Tuesday of week 4.

WEEK 4 and on.

Like I mentioned, I had the pacemaker installed on Tuesday and spent the night in the hospital for observation. All went well and was anxious to get home. Of course I had a sling on my left arm with definite instructions not to let my left arm/elbow ever be higher than my shoulder. If I did, there is a real danger of actually pulling the wires out of the heart. The wires are interesting on their own right. They have hook like ends that attach themselves to the muscle of the heart. As time goes by, scar tissue grows around the attachment area but until that happens, the risk of pulling them loose is very real.

I had my follow up visit with the cardio this last Monday and was sure I would be cleared to drive. Alas, this was not to be. I will not be cleared for full and active driving for another 4 weeks. AARRRRGGGH. He did say that I could drive a mile or so to buy groceries but not every day. And now I know why. Opening the door with the right arm is tricky and the tendency to use the left arm is very difficult to overcome.

So I will have to wait until June 3rd or so to get clearance for launch. Then we will be on our way to Colorado in September for my 60th HS reunion. Probably our last one. The number still living is getting rather small.

I hope to also get clearance to continue the strength and balance training at that time as well.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RHYMESWITHBABY 5/24/2013 10:36AM

    As someone who also struggles with balance, and who has lived with post-surgery driving restrictions, I found a lot to identify with in this post. Good luck in your recovery, and I hope you enjoy your reunion!

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1BEACHWALKER 5/16/2013 2:35AM

    Sorry to hear your health has sidelined you. I am sure all will work out for your future plans! Take care.... emoticon

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REREBIGMAMA 5/10/2013 11:53AM

    I happened to stumble across your blog this morning. Can't put into words how encouraged I felt when I found you. You are truely awesome. Thanks for sharing your journey. I have renewed vigor for my own because of you....


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LINDAM.1 5/10/2013 12:52AM

  Keep getting healthier Please!

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JOYB19 5/9/2013 11:37PM

    Glad you're progress is good!!!!! I want to visit Colorado. The son who would want to check it out with me will be busy running a summer camp program. Might make the trip, anyway! Good luck!

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MDMNINA 5/7/2013 11:59AM

    It looks like you are making great progress!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/4/2013 12:35AM

    Interesting, I didn't know that about raising your arm with a pacemaker and the risk of pulling out wires. Sorry about the various restrictions, but it seems like you're doing well! Have fun at the reunion! :)

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JUMPINJULIE 5/3/2013 11:13PM

    emoticon Have fun at your reunion.

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123ELAINE456 5/3/2013 5:38PM

  Thanks for the updates. You are on to the road to complete recovery with the pacemaker insertion. Your PT in coming along too. Have a wonderful time at your HS Reunion with your wife. You are progressing very well. Hope your balance keeps improving. Keep It Up. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Weekend. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!

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GARDENCHRIS 5/3/2013 7:33AM

    feel better emoticon

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ELISELOVE1 5/2/2013 10:20PM

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CINDYSDAY 5/2/2013 9:14PM

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that you continue to feel better!

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JACKIE542 5/2/2013 7:05PM

    Thank you for the update, great that exercises can help with the balance issues.
Hope everything heals quickly from the pacemaker insertion.
The reunion sounds like fun, take good care. emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 5/2/2013 5:47PM

    emoticon for the update. So glad to hear things are getting better for you. This pacemaker is just a little bump in the road. I just know you will be up and going full blast in just a few more weeks emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/2/2013 5:32PM

  glad that the pacemaker insertion went well. Take care of yourself. Hope you and your wife have a wonderful class reunion.

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MICKEYH 5/2/2013 5:08PM

    Thanks for sharing your up date. Good luck on your recovery. I'm sure you will be a safe driver. emoticon emoticon

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NHES220 5/2/2013 4:40PM

    Glad your fitness program was going well and I hope things heal up quickly from your pacemaker insertion! Have fun at the reunion!

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KARENLEIGH32 5/2/2013 4:16PM

    Well you have been busy! Take it easy and heal, then you can continue your workouts. Glad to hear they were helping with the balance issue.

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HAPPYMENOW58 5/2/2013 3:36PM

    Good luck! Will keep you in my prayers....Hang in there....Keep your eyes on the prize... emoticon emoticon

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PJBONARRIGO 5/2/2013 3:28PM

    I'm so glad to hear your updates and read about your progress! It really has been a long time.
Balance is a very interesting thing to work on improving lol Usually, you really don't notice that it is bad until a fall actually occurs. I knew my balance was poor for my entire life, but did not realize that negative implications until I broke my ankle last year.
It is hard to not be able to do the things that you ordinarily don't even think about and just do - like opening a door or driving. I did notice that while 4 weeks seems a long time when you hear the restrictions at PT- the time actually seemed to go by faster than expected. I hope this in true for you too and that you will soon be happily on your way to your reunion. Get launched soon! emoticon

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