In the first year after a transplant, it can be hard for a care partner to adjust back into a normal routine while taking care of a loved one.
Due to the risk of rejection, your loved one will likely be monitored by healthcare providers often. There will probably be a lot of tests and checkups to go to. Also, every transplant recipient’s recovery is different. It might take longer for your loved one to be able to take care of themselves.
Some transplant recipients also experience multiple rejection episodes that can require trips back and forth to the hospital. In addition to the risk of rejection, depression and mood disorders are common in transplant recipients during the first year.
With all the added stress and the pressure of making sure your loved one stays healthy and takes their medication, you may need someone to talk to. A good place to start is with the transplant team. They are also there to support you. Many transplant centers have social workers and financial coordinators who can help. Support groups can also be very helpful. Talking to others who are going through the same thing and knowing that you're not alone can be comforting.