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STAYING HEALTHY CHECK LIST
                                                     ● Always take your medication as prescribed.
                                                     ● Attend renal clinics regularly.

                                                     ● Keep track of your serum Creatinine.

                                                     ● Take regular exercise and do not become
                                                        overweight.

                                                     ● Monitor your skin for changes and skin lesions.

                                                     ● Women should have a smear test annually.
                                                     ● Women more that 50 years should have a
              SMOKING, ALCOHOL                          mammogram every 3 years.
                   AND DRUGS
         Smoking tobacco, marijuana or               ● Keep your cholesterol under 5.
         using any unprescribed drugs is             ● Get the flu vaccine in September from your GP.
         harmful to everyone but especially          ● Get the pneumococcal vaccine from your GP every
         so for transplant patients. Smoking            5 years.
         damages the lungs and puts you at
         greater risks of contracting lung           ● Do not smoke.
         infections    and   cancer.   Your
         transplant team will assist you to
         give up smoking.                                   DEALING WITH YOUR EMOTIONS
            Any     form     of    so-called    Some people may think — “You got a transplant, a new lease on
         ‘recreational drugs’, such as          life. Be happy. Don't worry!” But, in reality, the time after
         cocaine, speed or ecstasy can have     transplantation can be emotionally difficult for many patients.
         a serious negative effect on your         First of all, some of the medications can cause mood swings,
         body and mind. These drugs can         sleep disturbances, or even depression. These kinds of problems
         also interfere with your medication    are even more troubling because you cannot understand why you
            If you have normal liver function,  feel the way you do. If you experience any of these effects, talk
         moderate amounts of alcohol            to your doctor or transplant nurse. And, remember, never change
         should not cause you any               your dose of medications without permission from your doctor.
         problems.     Some      of    your     Very Important!! If you are feeling depressed, do not take any
         medications can reduce liver           medications or herbal preparations without medical advice. St.
         function so it is best to limit the    John's Wort, for example, is known to interact with
         amount of alcohol you drink.           immunosuppresive medications.
         Alcohol can also cause dehydration        Transplant patients often have concerns about changes in
         and depression.                        relationships, work, finances, staying
                                                healthy, side-effects of medication,
                                                and the possibility of rejection,
                                                which may cause stress, anxiety,
                                                fear or sadness. Your transplant
                                                team is there to help you. Talk to
                                                them. Tell them when you have a
                                                problem. You can also
                                                avail of the renal nurse
                                                counselling     service
                                                available at Beaumont
                                                Hospital.


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