Thursday, November 17, 2011


I had a pacemaker installed after I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation a few years ago.  Since then I've had it replaced once.  Actually what I have just under the skin and above my heart is called an Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator.  But everyone just calls it a pacemaker. 

About every three months a guy from the manufacturing company runs a check on it to make sure it's still operational.  That happened today.  No problems.  Everything intact and working correctly.  He did say that the machine indicated I had no natural heartbeat.  I responded to that with "let's be sure we keep that pacemaker working then."

Frequently the medics ask me if I feel better.  I always say the same thing.  I never even knew I had the atrial fibrillation before it was diagnosed and nothing has made me feel any better. 

The guy who checked me today said "in this business, no news is good news."

So I keep on (artificially) beating along.

All of which reminded me of this band.

I don't know whether any of those young men have ever had heart problems that caused them to have pacemakers installed. 

But they sure have gotten older.

Same band, same song . . . different era.



Lowandslow said...

Ouch! You take care of that 'lil contraption. Thank goodness for technology, huh?

I love seeing these before and after videos. I find it interesting to see how people age.

Take care.


Steve said...

Bruce, keep on ticking.

Tom Cochrun said...

Bruce on the Loose---
another great "talk up" to the tune!
The Beat Goes on---indeed!
Keep that think running.

Stephen Hayes said...

I'm glad that you have such a positive attitude about this. I, for one, want you to keep on trucking, as we used to say, and keep on ticking.

Fijufic said...

I have had 4 bouts of atrial fib and lucky for me mine converted back to normal sinus rhythm. I know the very second I go into atrial fib and I know the very second when it subsides. Awful. I had it converted back twice in the ER and that was no damn joke...
Take care of that ticker man!

Meggie said...

So glad you have a pacemaker too keep you with us! AF made me feel dreadful, but seems to be controlled with drugs.