Sunday, May 30, 2010


The past two weeks have been relatively calm. I’m back at work on a normal work schedule which is nice for my bank account. I did find some more information about the gastric pacemaker. Roller coasters are off limits as for anything else that may shake you or be rough in motion. As for flying, getting through airport check points can be a huge issue. Whenever you go through any detector, it risks turning the pacemaker off. You have to be extremely careful, even when shopping.
All of that information is not stopping me however! I am determined to get a pacemaker … if insurance lets me. I am making a list of things to do before I get a pacemaker because I can’t do these things after I get the pacemaker. I may be doing it for nothing; I may not be approved by my insurance company. There are always “what if’s”. What if I don’t do the things that are on my list? This could be the last time that I could ever get to go to Cedar Point and ride the best roller coasters in the country! I would regret it if I didn’t go and do it.
Another thing that I would really like to do would be to white water raft the Upper Gauley River in West Virginia. White water rafting is by far my favorite thing to do outside. Last fall, Jacob and I went to raft the Lower Gauley. It was wonderful! It consists of Class III – Class V rapids. There is something about when I rafting, I forget about all of the GP issues. I don’t have to think and I love that. I feel exhausted at the end of the day but so relaxed because I loved what I was doing. As for the Upper Gauley, Jacob is going to pass and a friend of mine is going to go with me (if everything goes as planned- feeding tube/pacemaker). It opens in September. It consists of forty Class IV – Class V rapids, Sweets Falls rapid being a fourteen foot drop.
I want this pacemaker more than anything right now. I am tired of having to “clean out” (if you get what I mean) every weekend to push the food on through my GI tract. I realize that I am going to have to give up some things in order to hopefully feel better but at least this time I’m getting a heads up.

1 comment:

  1. Jennifer,
    Sounds like you really enjoy the rapids, enjoy while you can. I hope the insurance company does approve the pace maker since this is what you want. I do understand the "clean out" once a week. It gets to be miserable. I've had to do this for a couple of years and now am having trouble getting the prep to work and do not want to have a sub-total colectomy done yet. I have never heard or read good things about the pace maker, I guess you have. Good to hear your feeling well enough to be back at work, hope it stays that long as possable. Happy Tummy Days to you....Jeannie