Modern medicine has accomplished great things, and transplant patients are now living normal lives for the first time in history. While many still have a way to go before they are able to travel, others have been cleared by their specialists and surgeons to go on extended trips under certain conditions. If you have always dreamed of visiting the Land Down Under, here are a few things you need to know in order to travel safely as a transplant recipient.
Doctor’s Approval Is Paramount
As mentioned above, getting your doctor’s approval is the most important consideration. Once you’ve been given the go-ahead, you can safely assume that there are no issues and that it is safe to take that trip you have always dreamed of. If visiting Australia was number one on your bucket list and you’ve now been given a second chance at life, why not make the most of it? Get your doctor’s approval, and start making those plans!
Take-Along Extra Medicine
While your doctor will advise you to make sure you take all your medications along with you, they may not advise you to carry along extras ‘just in case’. You may have heard horror stories of travellers getting stuck at airports for days on end or natural disasters preventing travel altogether. In the off chance that a delay should prevent you from returning home before your medications run out, bring extra along. Ask your doctor if it is possible to get a prescription for a larger amount so that you can be prepared for possible delays.
Find and Locate Transplant Specialists Prior to Setting Itinerary
While your doctor wouldn’t clear you for travel if there was even a slim possibility of your body rejecting your transplant, other issues could arise. When travelling to Australia it pays to locate and keep contact information on hand for local nephrologists in areas you may be visiting. Melbourne, for example, has a renowned team of nephrology specialists with years of experience, who you can find on springvalenephrology.com.au. As the old saying goes, plan for the best, but prepare for the worst. Anything from fluid retention to hypertension can be a worry, so it pays to have a local specialist at hand on the off chance that you notice anything worrisome.
One Final Much-Needed Tip
In addition to carrying along with extra medication in the event that your return journey is delayed, make sure you keep all medications on-board with you. Not only will that allow you to take them if it is time for your next dose, but if your luggage is lost in transport, you will at least have your one true essential on hand. Losing your luggage is a nightmare at the best of times, but as a transplant recipient, you need to be prepared to prevent complications! Take the time to plan well, and with the approval of your doctor, you can finally take that long-awaited trip to the Land Down Under.