According to the American Transplantation Society (AST), knowing what to expect of your health and well-being after transplantation is an important way to allow you to contribute to your own care.
- Keep all of your scheduled checkups and lab appointments for monitoring organ function. Testing allows your transplant team to monitor the status of your transplant, detect rejection early, and start effective therapy right away.
- Keep a positive attitude: Accept things you can’t control, learn to relax, get adequate sleep, exercise, and eat well-balanced meals.
- In the months after a transplant, if you feel angry, depressed or frustrated, seek help from your physician and transplant center. Emotional and psychological support is vital to your well-being. Support Groups can also be invaluable.
- Always know your transplant team is there to help you on your journey after a transplant. Don’t be afraid to call them with any questions or concerns you have.
Acknowledgement: LiveOnNY is indebted to the American Transplant Society (ATS), which has granted us permission to reproduce a summary of important information from their website www.a-s-t.org and the ATS-sponsored website www.healthytransplant.com.