This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by email@example.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.
(contributed by Alex Bost firstname.lastname@example.org)
Buy a Medic-Alert (or some other brand) medical jewelry. Carry a
card in your wallet that says you are a transplant recipient and
list all your daily meds, as well as any drug allergies.
(see Part 3, section IIe.)
Stay out of the Sun/Use a Sunscreen!
Many of the immunosupressive drugs will make you vulnerable to
sunburn and increase your risk of skin cancer. Cover up, user
a sunscreen of at least SPF30 and stay out of the sun.
Buy Anti-bacterial Soap and put it everywhere: the kitchen, the
bathrooms, the garage. Wash your hands often. That goes for family
members, too. Buy a pack of Anti-bacterial wipes and keep them
handy for when you are out of the house.
Replace your household cleaning products (409, PineSol) with a brand
(LySol) that disinfects as well as cleans.
- Stay away from Salad Bars and Buffet Tables
- Order well-cooked meats
- Never, ever order an egg -- unless it is cooked solid
- Never, EVER order raw seafood
- Wash your hands before eating anything
- If you suspect germs, ask your food preparer or server
to wash their hands
- Dogs, in general, are ok. Stay away from the feces.
- Use caution with cats and litter boxes; cat feces can carry
- Birds carry many parasites and bacteria. Use caution (lung
tx -- stay away!).
- Hamsters, Gerbils, Rats, and Mice bites can affect your resistance
to some immunosupressive drugs (like OKT3). Stay away from them.
- NEVER pack your meds - keep them with you at all times. It's a
good idea to pack some extras.
- Carry a copy of your medical history, doctors names, and
prescriptions wth you.
- When flying, take along a mask in case someone seated close to
you has a cold.
- Carry bottled water and keep yourself hydrated.
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