Neal Freeland

Engineering/marketing manager, family guy. My personal blog with a few work thoughts mixed in.

Surgery 2: The Pacemaker

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Amelia had a second surgery today to implant a small pacemaker. The
generator, about the size of a silver dollar, is in her left abdomen,
and the lead is attached to her ventrical. The pacemaker is needed to
regulate the electrical signal that tells the ventrical muscle to
contract. Because her heart developed backwards, the fine winnowy
material that conducts the electrical signal is twisted and possibly
broken. It works only intermitently, and totally stopped during her
first surgery. The good news is that for now her heart seems to have
full conduction, so the pacemaker is only a backup. But the conduction
system is behaving like an old lamp with a finnicky power cord – move
it around a bit and the bulb could go out at any moment. It’s a good
thing to have the pacemaker standing by if needed.

I have to admit that I kind of like the name Pacemaker. Backed up by
two substantial scars on the chest and abdomen, the name sounds tough, like The Peacemaker or
The Outlander. Don’t mess with my girl Amelia Rose: she sets the pace.
The rest just try to keep up.

Details on pacemaker


Written by nealfreeland

October 17, 2005 at 6:50 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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