Happy Birthday to Me!

Okay so this is a few days late because I put up the last post on my actual birthday. At least this way I can tell you all how the whole day went!

On Wednesday, February 1st my twenties were left in the dust as I took a bold step into my thirties. I am going to be completely boring and tell you I didn’t do too much to celebrate on the actual day… more celebrations are upcoming: a treat day at the spa today and celebrating with my family on the weekend. Read on if you’re at all curious!

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First Pacemaker Checkup

Yesterday the hubby and I had a trip to the big ol’ city of Toronto – his home turf and my home-away-from-home turf. The trip was supposed to be relatively short, my first pacemaker clinic visit since getting my little battery pack, but with all of the rush hour traffic the time spent away from home was anything but!

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Back in the Saddle?

Hey Internet-Fam,

Two days ago (on Monday) I mentioned that I was going to be doing my first run in about 6 weeks. The last time I ran was the Tuesday before I went in for pacemaker surgery. I had all of these plans and ideas about how I would stay active during my recovery because my doctors had said anything “legs” was a GO! But to (obviously) stay away from using my left arm for a good while. Then with all of those complications, my plans took a detour to relaxing on the couch or on my lounge chair in the backyard.

At first it was really hard to not be able to run/jog or weight train – but I really just didn’t have it in me. Many crafts were done during this time (more on that in future posts!).

Yesterday, the hubby and I went to our friend’s place for our Tuesday night gather. Our friend had taken some time off from running as well, so we decided to do a simple “run 2 – walk 1” interval set. There were a few times where I felt good – I could’ve kept going past the two minutes of run time, but we kept to our plan to take it easy as it was my first night back. By the time we got back to her house, we had logged just shy of 4km and it took us about a half an hour or so. Not too shabby!

I am already excited for next Tuesday when I think I’ll suggest a 3:1 interval split. Just until we’re all back to our usual non-stop 5km or more jogs. Fingers crossed!

Keep smiling
xoxo

Pacemaker Update

As I write this brief (ahaha) post, it is officially the 4 week point since my surgery back in May. Its late into the evening and I’m not quite ready to hit the hay – so here I am, typing out some thoughts on how the last 4 weeks has gone for my husband and I.

I remember being devastated when i got the official news that the pacemaker was finally happening after 5 years of epic avoidance manoeuvres (okay’d by the docs of course). Mum came with me that day and I remember looking at her after the EP specialist said it was time and just breaking down into tears. It was the first big cardiac issue since my initial surgery back when I was born. A few days (and some ice cream later), I had accepted that it was happening.

Flash forward to 4 weeks ago when I went in for surgery (and the disaster that came after): In pain, swollen, and not really able to breathe. Thank God for modern medicine and the magic that made me better. Today, I’m breathing beautifully, walking at a good clip, and back to work with only small modifications for another 3-4 weeks. Life’s pretty good.

My cardiac symptoms have been minimal – just a few palpitations/extra beats (meh) and probably SVT runs (n.b.d.) … otherwise absolutely zero sensation of pauses and dizziness (low BP issues not withstanding). Of course the stress of all that good stuff made my body a little angry and I’ve got some random virus that may or may not be shingles (yay!). So a short trip to the hospital last night ended with a stop at the pharmacy for calamine lotion, gauze, paper tape, antibiotics (to prevent any infection from the maybe-shingles wounds) and shingles meds. Cause, guys, I toat’s can’t catch a break right now.

BUT on a much happier note (bc i’m all about the happy happy over here), we are celebrating a few wonderful things this weekend coming up!

  1. Sunday, June 19th is Father’s Day
  2. Monday, June 20th is my hubby’s birthday
  3. Wednesday, June 22nd is my baby brother’s 24th birthday (oh gawd!)

Saturday will have Bagel (hubby…just a nickname, he’s not actually named Bagel) and I travelling to visit with my parentals before going out for dinner with my sister and her fiancé (and our brother of course). We will be celebrating all 3 of the above magical days. Sunday Bagel and I will go visit his parents/siblings to celebrate Father’s day and his birthday. Monday we are adventuring around because we both took a vacation day for the occasion.

So I just have to get through tomorrow at work before my 3-day weekend is here! Tomorrow evening after work I will wrap presents for Dad and little-bro, fill out birthday cards/father’s day cards, and probably work on the socks i’m knitting… or be lazy and look at my knitting wishing I had Molly Weasley’s mad knitting skills (i.e. magic powers).

Til then my happy friends!

xo

ps: I just picked up “Butter Bronzer” (by Physicians Formula) … I heard it was awesome and omg it smells like the tropics! *Calgon, take me away!!!

 Life adventures

The month of May was a whirlwind around here! It started out just as any other month – full of work, trips to the gym, and Tuesday evening dates with our friend (we run then have dinner while watching “our” tv show). We hosted Mother’s Day here at our home and had my side of the family over on Sunday, while on Saturday (after getting called into work), we went to visit my in laws

Mostly we were biding our time until mid May when I was scheduled for surgery. This may seem outta the blue, and kinda random for one of my first blog posts: about 5 years ago I found out I needed a pacemaker, but on a happier note my doctor was comfortable with me waiting until my symptoms progressed. I was born with a significant heart abnormality that required 7.5 hrs of surgery, and since that time I’ve done quite well.

Back in March I had a pretty bad presyncopal episode and my EP doc decided we couldn’t wait any more. After a lot of phone tag and a very long MRI appointment, the date was set. I was nervous, but in the grand scheme of things I knew it was a relatively easy procedure. My mother in law and my Dad both have cardiac devices and a lot of my patients let me know it really was an easy thing to do – just a long recovery period of minimal arm motion.

It was supposed to be a day procedure, but it did not run smoothly. The 45min procedure took 2hrs… And that wasn’t the worst part. Because of the difficulty, my lung was nicked and I had a large hematoma (which basically meant I was gonna get a nasty bruise, nbd). Because of the lung situation, they kept me overnight expecting it to heal itself with time. Yep. Nope.

The next day I had a chest tube put in and hooked up to suction. It stayed in for around 3 days and eventually when they removed it I could breathe SO much better. My husband stayed with me the entire time and both our families came to visit. A received a lot of positive vibes and happy thoughts and my goodness it was helpful.

IT has been 19 days since my surgery and I’m feeling pretty good considering all that happened. My hubby went back to work this last week and I started back on Monday (yesterday) with modified duties until my 6wks is up. It has been very difficult to sit and relax (oh woe as me, I know) but I’m just so used to doing things when I’m not working… I managed to get a bit of basic house tidies accomplished here n there and my hubby took me back to the gym last Thursday night for a supervised workout of VERY lightweight leg exercises. It felt great to be back in the gym! I am excited to progress through my recovery and slowly get back to my usual workouts & routines.

Check back here for more pacemaker adventure updates and news on my current crafts. Big blanket tadah post is in the works!!

xo