While Paul’s doctors suspected a pacemaker would be necessary, they also wanted to do their due diligence, so they began a 30-day monitor that would transmit at all times throughout the day. The first day Paul wore the new monitor, the alarm went off three times. The second day, his doctors called again. His heart rate was down to 26, irregular enough that his care team knew for sure he needed a pacemaker.
“You know, I’m generally pretty active, I’m paddling, I’m doing all kinds of stuff, so I’m like, seriously?” Paul said.
The care team began scheduling his surgery and planned it for a few days out. But, later that same day, Paul received one more call from his doctor: his heart couldn’t wait and he needed to come in right away. Paul would have surgery the next morning to implant a pacemaker.
Seeing someone from my community, that particular morning, was really comforting.”
The day of the procedure, Paul found comfort from the ever-present community at Delnor.
“This may sound silly, but the morning I had the surgery, the anesthesiologist was a woman who used to come in and shop at the home improvement store I used to work at in South Elgin,” Paul remembered. “And she’d been in lots of different times and over the years I’d helped her several times. So when she came in that morning and looked at me, she recognized me and said, you’re my Home Improvement guy! Very nice lady, super nice. And seeing someone like that, that particular morning, was really comforting.”