Transplant – Session 8: Diet

Transplant – Session 8: Diet


There are nurses here and they’re always watching your weight, and watching, like, what did you eat, and if you’re eating healthy, if you’re drinking… Which, yes, we do know we have to drink, and stuff like that, drink water, and… and our fluids and stuff. But they are there for the good. Like, you shouldn’t get pissed off at them because they’re saying, “Oh, you’re five pounds overweight,” and stuff like that. Because it does happen. And because we’re transplants they want us to keep healthy and fit. Which is understandable, because you don’t want to be… damaging your heart by getting bigger. I get hungry a lot because of my medications, so… there will be times where I wake up in the middle of the night and I will go get food, which… I have to not do. And if you’re on Nystatin, you’re not supposed to eat for 20 minutes. So if you take Nystatin at night, you can’t eat for 20 minutes. I was on a high-fat, high-calorie diet for CF, because the more weight that you have on, the better you are at fighting infections. So I’ve kind of always been on that, so I’m always eating. People tease me for how much I eat. They’re like, “Where do you put it all?” I’m like, “High metabolism!” Well, me as a liver transplant patient, I do have a certain diet, like… Cold cuts. They’re not like heated ones, when heating takes all the germs off, and then it’s hot and you get to eat it, but… Cold cuts are cold, and their germs stay on, and if I eat it, it might affect my liver, and make me sick, inside. That’s why… I can’t eat that. I used to eat it all the time, so I’m sad. My mom has to cook it… It’s not the same. It’s not the same, I can’t eat it… so, yeah… It’s also hard when you have to make sure, if you’re on a certain type of diet, where it’s like sodium, or phosphate, you have to make sure you read the labels all the time. Because… Like I’m not supposed to eat too much salt, and… I have to read every label. All the time. In every store. Eating too much salt is not good for you, especially when you take high blood– –I take blood pressure medications, so… I do watch out for that, it hasn’t been an issue for now, but… But overall, I try my best to stay healthy. You have to find a way that you’re able to drink all your water. Like right now I’m epically failing, because I don’t– — I don’t even have a litre in me, yet, but… Like for my school schedule, I try to get a bottle in before school, then two bottles in during my first, and… I try to get two litres and a half before I go home from school. So then I just have 2 bottles to drink at home. Plus, other things, like you don’t have to just drink water. You need three-and-a-half of fluid, but try to avoid caffeinated beverages, because caffeine… makes you have to go to the washroom a lot. You want to keep the fluid to keep filtering your kidney. I use water bottles, because… when you look at a water bottle, I don’t know where it is on here right now, but it has the number of how much is in here. This is one litre exactly. So… I make sure I know, so I can count up to get the exact amount of water. That’s the main thing that frustrates me, about my surgery. Oh, and I can’t drink… grapefruit? I can’t drink that. We’re not allowed to have grapefruit, because it interacts with our medication. But that’s the only thing. I’m a healthy eater, but I just eat a lot. So I have a lot of fresh fruit and stuff, but then I’ll have snacks more often. But I don’t have to go out of my way to do that, just because I’ve always been that way. My current eating habits have changed a lot. I was supposed to stop drinking pop, because of phosphate, and now I don’t drink pop, at all. I really don’t like pop. I used to not eat at all, and now I eat quite a lot. There’s a lot of foods I disliked before that I like now. Like, take ice cream for instance, I never used to eat ice cream, it was disgusting, and now I eat ice cream, which is really weird. In my opinion, I think it’s important for me to eat healthy meals, because… it provides a lot of good vitamin D, and other good things. Yeah, it’s good to eat those kind of things. It helps a lot. Keeps the body strong.