Post Number: 14
|Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 01:19 am: ||
Hi, I'm currently a sophomore in college and had a kidney transplant 4 1/2 years ago with no complications thus far. I am very very interested in studying abroad sometime, but thought it would be impossible because of my transplant. But the more research i do on it, the more do-able it seems. I'm studying public health/community health in school and my school has summer programs for practicing these subjects in action so to speak. The countries include Botswana, Thailand, and Dominican Republic.
Do any transplant patients have any experience studying abroad or visiting other countries? My main concerns are the diseases there that I may not have been exposed to and how I will get my medications. The time duration I would be there would be shorter, about 7 weeks. I'm going to ask my transplant doctor about it at my next clinic appointment too of course.
Post Number: 58
|Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 03:03 pm: ||
This is Matteo from Colombia
I haven't received my transplant yet, but I have researched a lot already about studying abroad, as I would like to return to the Czech Republic after I get my transplant here.
What I know so far:
DHL, FedEx, and such can send you the immunosuppresant drugs without problem, that's not prohibited.
According to the country, you may or may not have a problem receiving the drugs once they arrive. In some countries, you need a special permit!
Last but not least: All of the countries you have named have tropical weather. I would recommend you getting the preucations necessary to prevent problems such as local diseases caused by mosquitoes, among other..
Post Number: 422
|Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 03:25 pm: ||
I agree with Matteo. I would be cautious about visiting tropical climates and mosquitoed areas. I have had problems myself with Fedex delivering pills, but have always travelled with enough to tide me over for the duration (longest trip was 6 weeks).
|Dx with T1 in 1966 |
Kidney tx in Minneapolis 2002
Pancreas tx in 2008
Post Number: 717
|Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 12:36 am: ||
Though I didn't study abroad, I did do a bit of overseas travel. Before I took the first trip, I asked about the safety to me and the graft. I was told that developed countries (Western Europe, for example) would be fine, but I should be very careful of going into the third world. Wasn't prohibited,, but was warned. Since I was going to the UK, France, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, I didn't need to take any special precautions. I was warned that hospitals and transplant doctors would not be so plentiful as here in the US in some countries.
I did begin the immunizations, but found that there was not enough time for them to take affect, so stopped them. If you do decide to go, be sure to get your shots early enough for them to take effect.
I hope you get professional encouragement and go! Sounds exciting to me. But, at 70 years old, travel is only a dream now.
|Kidney Transplant - Aug 30, 1986 - Type One Diabetes |
Liver Transplant - May 15, 2007 - Hepatic Carcinoma due to Hepatitis C