Thursday, December 13, 2012

My fun little contraption

When I got diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, I was told I should wear a life vest.  No, not the big bright orange things you wear on a boat.  It is an external defibrillator.  It has not gone off as off yet, thank God.  I have had to wear it for over 3 months now.  I am unsure as to how much longer I need to wear this.  I know the Dr. needs to do another echo to see how my heart is responding to the medicines.  After she looks at the results she will then decided if I need to continue wearing this or if I need an AICD or if I need nothing.  I am hoping for the latter.  Actually, I kinda want the AICD just so that I can have the reassurance that if I wear to go into Cardiac Arrest I will be ok because it will shock my heart back into rhythm.  But for now I am wearing the life vest.  It is kind of uncomfortable.  Imagine wearing a bra 24/7.  That is what I have to do.  I have been wearing it so long now that I have bruises/welts from wear all the leads are.  It is also a little irritating from where the fabric digs into my skin but I guess it is a small price to pay for reassurance.  As much as I dislike wearing it, I am glad that I am.  Whenever I take it off for a shower I worry if something is gonna happen while I am in there and not wearing it.  Im so paranoid.    But oh well. 
Gotta assemble it after I wash the white part

All assembled now and ready to wear

This part I wear outside of my clothes

 Just wanted to give a little information on what I deal with daily =)  Have a blessed day everyone!