You will be asked to monitor your body for the following:
- We ask that you take your temperature two times per day before breakfast and dinner.
- Please record the results on your patient record sheet.
- Also take your temperature anytime you feel chilled, hot or achy. This may be the first sign of infection/rejection. Please contact the transplant team for any temperature > 100 degrees F.
High blood pressure is a common problem after transplant. Some of the medications you take can be a factor in causing an increase in blood pressure. An increase in weight can also be a factor in causing an increase in blood pressure. You will be monitoring and recording your blood pressure at home. These recordings will be reviewed in the transplant clinic. You may be required to take medication to keep your blood pressure under control.
- You will receive or be asked to purchase a blood pressure machine before you are discharged from the hospital. Your nurse will teach you and your family on use of the blood pressure machine.
- We ask that you take your blood pressure in the morning before breakfast and again in the evening before dinner. Please record the results on your patient record sheet.
- You should notify your transplant team if your blood pressure is: systolic (top number) and > 180 or and < 100 diastolic (bottom number) and < 100 or and > 50
- Your blood pressure machine will also give you your pulse. You should notify the transplant team when your pulse is and > 120 or and < 50.
- Please weigh yourself every morning after you urinate, but before you eat and record the results on your patient record sheet.
- You should notify your transplant team for any weight gain and > 3 lbs. in a 24 hr. period.
Blood sugar (diabetics only)
- If you were diabetic before transplant or have recently developed diabetes since transplant, you will be asked to monitor your blood sugar. Please take your blood sugar before breakfast and before dinner. Record the results on your patient record sheet.
- You should notify the transplant team or your endocrinologist (diabetic doctor) for blood sugars < 80 or > 350.