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Waiting for an organ transplant might be one of the hardest times in life for you and your family. It is impossible to predict when an organ will become available, and your future may seem uncertain. This may cause feelings of helplessness, frustration and stress. But there are several things you and your family can do to not only help pass the time, but improve your chances for a successful transplant.
- Keep up with all necessary lab work and tests.
- Make sure your transplant team has all your current contact information. We must be able to reach you at any time. Provide us with all phone numbers and the contact information for close friends and relatives.
- Keep your transplant team up-to-date with your current location.
- Inform your transplant team of any changes in your health or financial situation.
- Try to stay healthy, and work to improve your current health. This is vital. An organ transplant has a higher success rate for patients whose overall health has not been deteriorated.
- Pack your bags to be prepared to go to the hospital at a moment’s notice. Plan for transportation and lodging, make a list of things to take with you, and be sure to pack an extra 24-hour supply of medications.
Talk to your family, friends and transplant team about your situation. This will help put you at ease and relieve stress.