Your care does not stop once you are discharged from the hospital. All the things you have learned during your hospital stay will play an important part in your care at home. It will be your responsibility to perform the following measures and assist the transplant team in evaluating your health care and kidney function as an outpatient. The Self Reporting Records section of this handbook is provided to track the results of your temperature, weight and blood pressure.
Take your temperature at least once a day and record it. If your temperature is 100˚ Fahrenheit or greater, call the transplant nurse. If you feel like you have a fever or the chills, take your temperature and record it more often. If you have a fever of over 100˚ Fahrenheit after three months post-transplant, call your local doctor.
Celsius and Fahrenheit equivalents
37˚ C = 98.6˚ F
38˚ C = 100.4˚ F
39˚ C = 102.2˚ F
40˚ C = 104.0˚ F
Weigh yourself every morning at approximately the same time, wearing the same amount of clothes, on the same scale, and record it. Use your scale as a guide to help control weight gain. If you gain more than two pounds over one day or four pounds over seven days, call the transplant nurse.
Take your blood pressure at about the same time every day, two times per day, and record it every time. Know what your blood pressure should be before you leave the hospital. Do not take your blood pressure on the arm with a dialysis fistula or graft. Remember, blood pressure that is too high or too low can damage your pancreas-kidney.