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Protein intake

Hi all. I'm currently waiting for the date for my 2nd transplant. After 7 years, Im down to 19% function after my mum donated. My sister has been given the all clear to donate, great match etc so very lucky. I've got financial pressures to return to work as soon as possible post surgery so although I've been a regular gym goer for over 2 years now, I want to be in the best health/shape possible for a speedy recovery. Ideally want to follow a macro based diet that fits my new demanding workout routine but have concerns about what levels of protein are safe. Does anyone know the grams allowed per day, pre and post transplant?

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Hello as far as i know 0,8 gr of protein per kilo, so if you are 75 kilos (0,8 x 75)

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Thank you 😊

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Often a protein restriction diet of 0.4 gms of protein per kilogram of body weight is recommended to slow the decline of renal function, but some nephrologists view the weakening of the patient that comes with this as not worth it. With respect to returning to work after the transplant, I was on a jet plane for a journey of several thousand miles three days after my transplant, and I started work immediately after my arrival. The only special precaution I took was to wear a mask during the period of travel.

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Thanks very much. I recovered pretty fast last time but 3 days... You're surely pretty special

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Falkenhayn doesn't sound legit. First of all, people are usually still in the hospital at 3 days post op. Second, doctors would NEVER clear a recent transplant patient to travel, especially to another country. Im sure you know how the follow ups are after a transplant. Do not compare yourself to him.

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I cannot imagine how any doctor would clear you to travel "several thousand miles" 3 days after your transplant. Most people are still in the hospital at 3 days post op. Also, what about all the follow up visits? Sorry, but this doesn't sound right at all.

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Well, that's the way it happened. I discovered at the last minute that there were no flights available on the date I had planned to travel, which was a few weeks later, because of the Labor Day rush, and the only flight I could get that would be in time for me to begin my academic job was one available the very next day. When my wife returned to the hospital, after trying to book a later flight, and told me to get ready for my flight, I said, "You've got to be kidding," but she said no, so I started packing. She had to hurry to get together all the immunosuppressive drugs I would need to take, and off we went. I started work right away after I arrived early at the university, since I figured I might as well, since I was already there. It hadn't occurred to me that the coincidence of the university start date and the Labor Day holiday was going to cause problems, but it did.

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