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Waiting for an organ may be one of the most difficult times in your life. You and your family may feel helpless, frustrated and emotional. You will need a strong support network around you to help you through this time. During this difficult time, there are several things you can do to not only take your mind off of things, but to improve your chances for a successful transplantation.
- Make sure your transplant team has your most current contact information. We must be able to reach you at any time. Provide us all phone numbers possible and contact information for close friends and relatives.
- Keep your transplant team up-to-date with your current location.
- Keep up with all necessary lab work and tests.
- 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 deteriorated.
- Pack your bags. Be prepared to go to the hospital at a moments 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.