Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pacemaker/Defibrillator (ICD)

My mom had surgery on Thursday. She had to have this. Her heart is weak, so this will help if she goes into cardiac arrest...this can save her life. It's implanted under the skin, below her left collarbone and wires are run to her heart. She had to stay at the hospital overnight, so she's home now. My mom has had so many surgeries, that this one was a piestce of cake. Don't get me wrong, it's still a surgery and she's hurting, but she's been through a worse surgery...she had her right lung removed about 18 years ago after being diagnosed with cancer. This was the scariest thing in the world to see her go through...she'll still say she didn't get cancer from smoking although she was a smoker for many years until they told her she had cancer, so believe me when I say no cigarette will ever touch these lips...I've seen her pain and learned from it. Also, last year she had angioplasty and a bovine patch put in to replace part of the carotid artery in her neck.


Stephanie said...

I think my Papaw has a defibrillator. Nifty little device. My grandfather died of lung cancer, it was a horrific thing to see, I will never smoke either. Your mom is certainly a strong woman for getting through all of those things!

CindyCinlou said...

Wow I hope your mom is doing well. She is so nice!