ETR for Pacemaker

Today I learned a new acronym.

Jill, my electrifying and electrified wife, was in for a checkup.  Since she was in her teens she has been powered by battery.  Her heart is kept going by a pacemaker.  Originally the battery lasted two years.  At one point she got a nuclear powered pacemaker.  We were supposed to report to border guards that we were carrying nuclear material!!

The latest battery was implanted in 2001.  Each year we have checkups to determine how the pacemaker is working and what the current status of the battery is.  Today we learned the battery is at 25%. 

The ETR (estimated time of replacement) is comig up!  Perhaps in nine months, or longer.  We’ll head back in a few months for a further assessment.

Looks like the replacement operation would take place in Edmonton.  A forced holiday! 

Stay tuned and keep your batteries charged (I’m still waiting for the day that pacemaker batteries can be recharged!).

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