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Raingirl

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8 minutes ago, Raingirl said:

My youngest brother had a massive heart attack a couple of months ago.  He was on life support and not expected to live. He survived and is now home after time in rehab. 
 

He’s not a member of the church (I’m a convert) and is a recovering alcoholic. He is gay and his decades-long relationship ended last year. He lives thousands of miles away from me. 
 

He found out today that he will have a pacemaker implanted on Friday.  He’s terrified because they told him he’s in danger of sudden death.

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My mother had a pacemaker installed and it made all the difference for her.  It greatly improved the quality of her life, and removed any fear of sudden death.  She lived to 94.

The doctors have probably told your brother what he has to do to keep his heart healthy -- exercise, the right food, medication, etc.

Regular Al Anon meetings would be good for him, and he might find some friends there.  He could also be a support to others less experienced than he is.

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We have a horrendous cardiac history in our family. The men don’t usually live past 50. His drinking contributed even more damage, but he has heeded the wake-up call and is clean and sober again, attending meetings and working with a sponsor. 
 

I’m also thinking the pacemaker is a good thing and hoping it will bring him some peace of mind. 
 

I’m happy to hear that a pacemaker brought your mother additional years. I’m sure that brought great joy to many. 

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Prayers going forward... My mom had a pacemaker that gave her 12+ more years of life... she mowed her lawn with a hand mower right up until her death at age 80... she would take a day to do it as she would mow a couple of rounds then rest and go back a half hour or so and do another couple rounds etc etc... she called it her exercise... 

GG

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Prayers going forward... My mom had a pacemaker that gave her 12+ more years of life... she mowed her lawn with a hand mower right up until her death at age 80... she would take a day to do it as she would mow a couple of rounds then rest and go back a half hour or so and do some more... etc.

GG

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5 hours ago, Garden Girl said:

Prayers going forward... My mom had a pacemaker that gave her 12+ more years of life... she mowed her lawn with a hand mower right up until her death at age 80... she would take a day to do it as she would mow a couple of rounds then rest and go back a half hour or so and do some more... etc.

GG

It’s good to hear of the good that pacemakers have done for others.

My brother’s heart rate is too slow and mine is too fast.  Would that we could combine them for a healthy rate in the middle. 

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23 hours ago, Raingirl said:

My youngest brother had a massive heart attack a couple of months ago.  He was on life support and not expected to live. He survived and is now home after time in rehab. 
 

He’s not a member of the church (I’m a convert) and is a recovering alcoholic. He is gay and his decades-long relationship ended last year. He lives thousands of miles away from me. 
 

He found out today that he will have a pacemaker implanted on Friday.  He’s terrified because they told him he’s in danger of sudden death.

There is almost nothing I can do from this distance, but I have put his name on the temple prayer roll. I wish he was a member so that he had a ward that could help him out. 
 

I would appreciate prayers for him from anyone so inclined.  
 

Thank you. 

His welfare is on my heart and in my prayers.

 

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22 hours ago, Raingirl said:

We have a horrendous cardiac history in our family. The men don’t usually live past 50. His drinking contributed even more damage, but he has heeded the wake-up call and is clean and sober again, attending meetings and working with a sponsor. 
 

I’m also thinking the pacemaker is a good thing and hoping it will bring him some peace of mind. 
 

I’m happy to hear that a pacemaker brought your mother additional years. I’m sure that brought great joy to many. 

My father in law had a pacemaker for years. He had it so long they replaced it when it wore out. He lived to be 92

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1 hour ago, Tacenda said:

I have two alcoholic brothers, one is doing well, but not the other. It's painful to watch. I hope the heart attack is a big wake up call and your brother will heal quickly and start a new life of health!

It was a huge wake up call for him. He is working hard at doing all the right things to stay alive. 

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49 minutes ago, rodheadlee said:

My father in law had a pacemaker for years. He had it so long they replaced it when it wore out. He lived to be 92

It’s encouraging to hear of these successful pacemaker stories. 
 

He’s been wearing an external defibrillator since he left the hospital. He’s looking forward to exchanging that for the pacemaker. 

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You know Raingirl, that you could tell us where he is so that if anyone was there, they could help him to the extent they could on your behalf.   Or maybe someone here could read to him by phone when he is up for that.   That is one of the values of places like this.   (And when done by private messaging response to your identification of a zipcode here, it doesn't have to be too much information.)

And bishops are bishops over everyone in their geographical area --- not just those who are baptized.   So you might at least use "meetinghouse locator" to identify them and let them know of your brother so they could act on whatever inspiration they get on what to do to help your brother.  Giving them his hospital room number would also help them.

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21 hours ago, Raingirl said:

It was a huge wake up call for him. He is working hard at doing all the right things to stay alive. 

This is good. I smoked and drank for years before quitting.  Since then in the two decades after I have worked out regularly, ate much better, meditate daily, and my BP is regularly low and my BS is about 98-105 almost all of the time.

That does not mean that I will not be  immune to lung disease etc because of past habit, but it does mean my risk is now lower and that for my age I am in the top 5% health wise.

Encourage him to keep working at doing the right things.

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