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CHAPTER 9









         RESUMING NORMAL ACTIVITIES






                           DRIVING


        There are no hard and fast rules with regard to
        driving again. In the main, if the donor feels
        okay and their doctor agrees to it, a donor can
        return to driving when they feel capable –
        usually after 4-6 weeks. The donor must be
        aware, however, that long journeys could be
        difficult and that he/she should not over-
        stretch.


                                                                         EXERCISE
         SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS
                                              Maintaining a healthy
          There is no standard typical        lifestyle is as important,
          period before sexual                after donation, as
          intercourse can be                  beforehand. Any post
          considered. Donors should be        donation exercise
          able to resume their usual          programme should begin
          sexual relationships as soon        slowly with the length of
          as they feel comfortable. It        time spent exercising,
          may take a few months               and the effort involved,
          before normal activities can        being increased over a
          be undertaken, but this             period of time.
          depends on the individuals
          and their recuperation.
                                                      FOLLOW-UP


                                              After living kidney donor
                                              surgery, an outpatient clinic
                                              appointment will be offered to
                                              you, for follow-up at 6 weeks
                                              and 3 months, by the donor
                                              surgeon. Annual follow-up will
                                              be offered to you by a nephrologist closer to where you live.
                                              You will need to ensure that you make appointments for
                                              annual follow-up. You should bring blood and urine test results
                                              with you or have them done on the day you come
                                              to the clinic.
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