I have just been approved for a transplant. Of course I’m excited to learn that I meet transportation pant eligibility criteria. I’ll be waiting 3 years or a little longer for a deceased donor kidney. I am the last person living in my family. So I’m wanting some thoughts regarding a few issues:
1. I could go from the hospital to a hospital to home program for 1-2 weeks post surgery. But I’m not sure if this is really necessary. Please share your thoughts.
2. If I don’t go to a hospital to home program would having someone drop by daily for the first 5-7 days that I’m home be advisable? I’m thinking either a home helper through a program for seniors or a home healthcare nurse???
3. I’ve got a dog, a little Shih tzu. She’s house trained and doesn't shed. But I’m thinking that I may need to find someone who will provide foster care for her during the surgery and for the first 5-7 days after I get home. But is it necessary for her to be away once I return home??
Basically, I’d appreciate hearing what recovery was like over the first few weeks after you returned home from the surgery. I want yo be sure I have enough supports in place.
I’m planning to rely on friends for social support and to drop by and check on me once a day for the first few weeks after I get home. I’ve got transportation covered. I also use a grocery delivery company and my medications are delivered to my front door by Fed Ex. And finally, i have a housecleaner who comes once a week. She can come more frequently if needed post transplant as I’m recovering.
So am I okey planning to come home rather than going to s hospital to home program when I’m dismissed from the hospital? If so, what additional supports should I plan to be sure coming home will work. I’m sure I’d be more comfortable at home.