Transplantation is a major surgery. Before any major surgery, patients should have some administrative arrangements in place.
Living Wills and Power of Attorney
Prior to surgery, your loved ones should understand your wishes. The Attorney General of Maryland has information on advanced directives.
You will also need to set up a Medical Power of Attorney so that if you are unable to make decisions, someone else can do that for you. Your legal advisor should be involved in these decisions to provide the best advice for your situation.
Ele McLaughlin cared for her husband
when he had a kidney transplant.
A caregiver will play a large role in your recovery process. He or she should know danger symptoms, and be aware of your disease and transplant procedure. Your caregiver should come to your doctors appointments with you, and be an active participant in the discussions. He or she may need to help you with your daily tasks.
Finally, your caregiver can be your advocate for many matters. While you focus your energy on staying healthy, the caregiver can focus on taking care of you.