Lindsay Shaw

Things to Remember after Lung Transplant

Avoiding rejection and infection:

Follow instructions for taking immunosuppressants
Take prescribed vitamins and minerals
Take pancreatic enzymes with all meals and snacks
Practice recommended food safety guidelines
Communicate problems to medical staff

 

Avoiding cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD):

Eat 3 balanced meals and 2-3 snacks a day
Do not restrict calories to control blood sugars
Do not skip meals
Try to eat at about the same time each day
Check blood sugar 2-4 times a day if it is a problem
Consider carbohydrate counting if needing insulin
Avoiding osteoporosis:
Maintain a normal body weight
Supplement with calcium and vitamin D, as directed by transplant team
Do weight bearing exercises if able
Do annual DEXA scans to monitor bone density
Avoiding kidney complications (can be caused by high blood sugars and some transplant medications):
Monitor kidney function with blood work
Drink adequate fluids
Follow dietary restrictions as needed
Avoiding bowel obstruction:
Take correct dose of pancreatic enzymes
Drink adequate fluids
Monitor bowel movements closely
Use stool softeners as needed