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Hi misdee, they go off when their computer bit detects a dangerous condtion which needs 'input' / 'intervention', right ? Have they told you what caused it ? Did the interventon pulses sort stuff out ?
(He's still at the hossie, right ? Or have I missed something)...
he is still at the hospital. he had been down the bathroom, went to get his beer out the fridge, sat down on his bed, and the ICD shocked him twice. said it felt like being kicked in the chest. They have interogated the device, it seems his was suffering very fast heartbeat at the time. so it has done its job. but peter said he didnt feel unwell or anything before it went off. they have put him on some new drugs to get relax his heart or something.
Well, you know the machine works I guess. Surprised he didn't feel the raised heart rate though, I suppose sometimes we don't 'feel' these situations (a bit like raised blood pressure etc.).
A kick in the chest doesn't sound very pleasant. Just out of interest, when they interrogate the unit, does it output a record going back several hours etc. so they can see a pattern, or does it just kick off when say heart rate >= 100 or whatever ?
he says they put a device over where the icd is iomplanted and they get a reading from it. i dont know what dh highest rate is set to. he is now also having 24hour monitoring. he has had the ICD since march, cant belive it hasnt gone off before really.
He likes miller genuine draft, and coors. must be in bottles tho apparently it tastes better. he is a lot happier, and a lot better than 2months ago. he is now walkign further than he has done in months.
Glad your dh is okay, Misdee and enjoying his beer! Ds2 sometimes works in ITU and one of the patients there has prescription whiskey. He has a breathing disorder, needing help to sleep so the Con said whiskey was better for him than a sleeping tablet and has a 'feel-good' factor, as well.