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Getting Ready for the Call

While on the transplant waiting list, your transplant team will need to be able to contact you quickly when an organ becomes available. If they are not able to reach you within a certain amount of time, the donor organ may go to the next person on the list.

Keep your cell phone charged and check for messages often. If you do not have a cell phone, talk to your transplant team about getting one or ask about other ways you can stay in touch.

Suggested To-Do List

    Select your care partner. Choose someone you trust who can devote the time to help you before and after your transplant.

    Pack a suitcase ahead of time so you'll be ready when the call comes. Pack things you will need while in the hospital, such as:

    • Comfortable clothing
    • Robe and slippers
    • Reading glasses
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Cell phone charger
    • Deodorant
    • Shampoo
    • Razor
    • Books, music, magazines, or puzzles
    Arrange for someone to drive you to the hospital. Be sure you are able to reach them any time of the day or night.
    Plan for time away from home. Ask someone to get your mail, pay bills, water plants, care for pets, etc.

    Stay healthy. When the transplant team calls to let you know that an organ is available, they will probably ask you some questions to determine if you have signs of infection such as a cough, fever, or burning when urinating. To reduce the risk of getting a cold or an infection while waiting for your transplant, consider the following:

    • Avoid crowds
    • Don't share drinking glasses or utensils
    • Avoid being around people who are sick
    • Use antibacterial soap