I am scheduled to get the pacemaker implanted on January 20th, and I am hopeful that it will help my heart to work better again. On the 15th, I will have a stress test, or something similar, called a PET scan. They put a radioactive dye in your veins, and then put you in a tube thing and take pictures of the heart. Then they give you another IV that activates stress , and they take more pictures to see which parts of your heart are working and which are not. Before, (a long time back) I had the chemical stress test where they just put a chemical in to induce stress and measure it with a machine; but this should show them a whole lot more information about my heart than just the plain stress test would do. After that, they will do an echocardiogram of my heart , which is an ultrasound , and they can determine whether I am in heart failure by measuring my EF %(ejection fraction). Under 50 is considered to be in heart failure. If my EF%is low, then the cardiologist will also add a special extra wire that helps stimulate the bottom part of my heart. I probably won’t see my doctor between now and the procedure, but they might call me with some of the test results, or if there is something they find where my doctor would need to talk with me again. After the procedure, I have to keep my left arm down for about the first month, so Mr. Bobby is going to be the designated driver, and I have to learn how to get into the tall 4x4 pickup without using my left arm. We have a small step stool, so I will practice getting in and out of the truck for the next couple of weeks, and then I should have it down pat by the time I need to actually get in and out that way.