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Heart Failure and other things blog 10

12 days since the insertion of the CRT-D and I’m beginning to notice a difference, now that the pain from the op site and shoulder has subsided and I can move the arm around better. I have more energy to do things that I found difficult before, simple things like standing at the sink washing […]

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Heart Failure and other things blog 9

June 28th 2017 This is what a heart with dilated cardiomyopathy looks like. I’m amazed mine is still pumping. It’s now ten days post-op and the area is healing nicely. Still some post-op stiffness and pain in the mornings and it’s sore – the device is larger than a normal pacemaker and it feels as […]

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Heart Failure and other things blog 8

So there it is in all its glory, the lump that is now my pacemaker. It’s healing well, and into the itching stage five days after the procedure. I took cinnarizine beforehand to offset any possibility of dizziness and Mike drove me to Telford. It’s weird, I’m often more worried about having vertigo than what […]

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Heart failure and other things blog 7 (June 2017)

The new drug, Ivabradine, wasn’t successful and I had to be taken off it. Even half a tablet reduced my pulse rate to 50 or lower, and apparently that puts a person in the danger zone, so the doctors withdrew it. Ironic because one of the problems I have is that my heart rate/pulse rate […]

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Heart failure and other things blog 6

I’m back in hospital so this will be put on later. It’s Sunday morning and I’ve been in since the early hours of Friday, although it feels like a week already. Thursday night I couldn’t sleep because of a heavy feeling in my chest making me breathless, as though I had something pressing in my […]

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Heart Failure and Other Things – blog 5

Just had some playtime with the cat. She loves to hide under the bed and chase ribbons, swerving out as if she’s in an action movie. She pounces on the ribbon, holds it in her paws and chews it while I tug gently on the other end. As soon as I let go of my […]

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Heart failure and other things – blog 4

Choices, choices – should my characters wear a disguise of military clothing or police kit? Which point of view should I use? These and other problems preoccupy my day and I’m fortunate to have the time to devote to writing. When it goes well I love it. When it stalls, as it does often, it […]

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Living With Heart Failure blog 3

Hmm. I seem to have taken a turn for the worse with the hot weather. It’s the opposite of what I expected – I thought the warmth would make things better, but I suppose I should have predicted fluid retention interfering with breathing. Looks as though I have to put up the dose of diuretic […]

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Living With Heart Failure blog 2

    Present day: Just arranged another blood test. They have become a regular feature of my life, every fortnight. I’ve always been squeamish about needles, but now I’ve got so used to the tests they don’t bother me any longer. The first time I had a blood test after coming out of hospital I […]

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Living With Heart Failure blog 1

Living With Heart Failure blog 1   The purpose of this blog is to relay one person’s experience of heart failure: what led up to it, the diagnosis, and treatment afterwards, warts and all. I have ‘severe’ heart failure, and this is my story. I may not write it as a continuous narrative from beginning […]

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