This is How it Begins
End stage organ failure comes unannounced. Things are normal and you suddenly notice that you are tired or your ankles are swollen, you are losing weight and there are occasional bouts of pain.
You go to your doctor, she is alarmed and puts you through a battery of lab tests and suddenly life is not the same any more. Next few weeks revolve around seeing more doctors, more tests and more medicines.
End of this frantic phase, the doctors announce that one of your vital organ like a liver or kidney is badly damaged and you need an organ transplant.
Registration, pre-transplant assessment and more!
Register for Organ
Your transplant center will guide you to register for an organ. You may have to wait for long, register at multiple centers. Patients for kidney or liver transplant, look for a donor within the family.
You will have to undergo lots of blood and urine tests. There will be advanced scanning tests like CT scan or PET scan. You need clearances from other specialists doctors. These tests and clearances are critical.
Waiting for the transplant is a very crucial phase. You need to remain fit to live through a major surgery. Your transplant center will advise you on diet and medicines. In case of complications or illness inform your transplant center.
Self-medication Could Be Fatal.
As the illness worsens, sometimes panic sets in. People around you may advise you to try out alternate therapies. These therapies may have helped other ill people. However, as a transplant patient, you should not risk your life to these. Many patients slip into unnecessary complications and worsen your health.
Follow the advise given by your transplant center doctors. Take your medicines on time and stay in touch with your transplant coordinator. If you develop any symptoms, let them know.