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After surgery, the transplant recipient is the eyes, ears, and monitor for the transplant team.

You will notice the first signs of any problem. To help us catch any problems early, please do the following at home:

Take your weight

Weigh yourself every morning at the same time of day, after you first empty your bladder. If you gain more than three pounds, tell the transplant team.

Take your blood pressure

Blood pressure should be monitored at least once a day, at the same time you weigh yourself. Know your baseline (normal) blood pressure reading. If your blood pressure is out of your normal range, and it has been at least an hour since you took your blood pressure medications, tell the transplant team. If a reading is high and you haven't yet taken your medication, wait at least an hour to take another reading, so your medication has had time to work.

Take your temperature

Any time you have chills, hot flashes, aches, or feel ill, take your temperature. Increases in temperature could be the first sign of an infection, or of your body trying to reject your new kidney. Tell your transplant team immediately if your temperature is above normal (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

Check your pulse

By keeping track of your pulse, you can see if any medications affect your heart rate in unusual ways.

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