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Post Transplant Healthy Hints

Over time, your routine will start to return to normal. However, it is important to remember that your immune system will always be somewhat suppressed. We've tried to include some healthy hints for you as a new transplant recipient. These guidelines are simply common sense, so don't be paranoid about what you can and cannot do - just be careful. If you ever have any doubts about an activity, you know what to do - right? Call your transplant team first.

As a recipient you will be reminded to eat, in moderation, and correctly ("You are what you eat") and to walk or exercise the equivalent of up to 6 miles per day. You will be instructed to avoid contact with people who are ill, in your home, place of work, or elsewhere. To put it bluntly, avoid those who are sneezing and/or coughing. Your immune system is compromised, and always will be. The "common cold" can cause you a fairly serious medical problem. The main point here is to remain alert and aware, and don't be afraid to ask. And don't be afraid to avoid ill people if you have a question. One recipient left his place of employment for several days after his boss, who was old enough to know better, came to work with chicken pox, and wouldn't go home.

  Many recipients are encouraged by their transplant team to take multiple or specific vitamins and mineral supplements. Common "suggestions" include:
 

Before taking any vitamin or mineral supplement, discuss it with your transplant team. Your prescribed medications will affect their recommendations. Some transplant coordinators leave these decisions entirely to the individual recipient's discretion because of cost considerations.

All programs, however, agree that patients on prednisone need calcium in their diet and/or mineral supplements. At least one program recommends TUMS as a source of calcium.

The Cost Containment Research Institute has published a booklet entitled "A Guide to Vitamins and Minerals." Provides information about the effects and benefits of most vitamins and minerals. To receive a copy send $5.00 to cover postage and handling to: The Institute, Booklet #MV907, 611 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Suite 1010, Washington, DC, 20003-4303. 202-637-0038, http://www.institute-dc.org/


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