Each day of your hospitalization, you will face challenges and responsibilities regarding your care. The BMT unit staff is available to consult with you and help you with your daily activities.
A registered dietitian is available to you during and after your hospital stay. The dietitian will perform a nutritional assessment to identify your status, make recommendations for your nutritional care and address any problems with your oral nutrition. At times, physicians order intravenous nutrition or nutrition through a feeding tube to prevent or correct malnutrition. The dietitian works closely with your health care providers and makes recommendations as needed to be sure your nutritional needs are being met.
During and after your transplant, it is important to watch for any sores or infections that may arise and cause complications. The dental team is always available for consultation and to make recommendations to correct problems in your mouth. You should keep your oral cavity as clean as possible using a chlorhexidine rinse and a soft Toothette®, which will be provided to you during your stay.
Daily hygiene plays an important role in your personal care. Patients are encouraged to do as much as they are able as part of a daily routine. Transplant unit staff will assist as needed.
Many patients suffer from the effects of bed rest, illness and lack of mobility. Physical activity is important for maintaining muscle strength and flexibility. Our team would like to help you develop exercise habits and participate in diversional activities. Physical therapists will work with you to develop a program based on your strength, endurance and interests. This may include stretching, weights or stationary bicycling.
There will be days when you will feel good and days when you will feel less like exercising. You will be encouraged to exercise even when you are not feeling up to it, and you and your therapist will decide the activities of each day.
Occupational therapists will offer activities to help you manage isolation, inactivity and boredom. Understandably, it’s very easy to get caught up in focusing only on your physical and emotional needs. But it is much healthier to concentrate on other activities such as reading, listening to music, drawing, solving puzzles, playing board games or just watching videos once in a while.
Your occupational therapist also will assist you with the activities of daily living, help you increase strength and endurance, and assess your level of fatigue. You will learn how to simplify tasks and conserve your energy. Therapists also custom make orthotics for hands and feet, and an orthotist provides back braces.
It’s crucial that you keep the members of your health care team informed about any problems that arise. Team members are available at any time to consult with you or your caregiver. Following through on your team’s recommendations can be crucial to your well-being. Please let us know if you’re having any difficulty in this area.