Resuming daily activities after a transplant is an important goal of your recovery. Regaining independence and getting back to a regular routine can help you feel like yourself again.
You may want to talk to your transplant team about the activities you would like to resume, such as going back to work, driving, or traveling.
If you were working before the transplant, returning to work may be an important goal of your recovery. How much you can work depends upon the type of work you do and how well you feel. Your transplant team will likely tell you when it is safe to return to work.
You might need to start out part-time or work from home. Give yourself time before returning to a full workday. Talk to your boss about your situation and discuss the options.
If you're having difficulty returning to work, you can ask your transplant social worker about vocational rehabilitation services in your area. These services help people who've been out of the workforce because of a disability return to work.
Being able to drive can give you the independence to go to the grocery store, pharmacy, and your healthcare provider's office on your own. However, your reaction time may be slower, so be sure you are ready before getting behind the wheel. Your transplant team can tell you when it is safe for you to drive.
You may be told to avoid traveling during the first few months after your transplant. When your transplant team says it’s okay to travel, here are some suggestions: