3. Stay alert for signs of rejection
Even with immunosuppressive medication and a skillfully performed surgery, there is still the chance that your body will attempt to reject the new lungs. Pay attention to your body, and if you see any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
The physiological response to the rejection will be similar to a full-body infection, such as with influenza. As such, pay attention to flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fluid in the lung, abnormal tiredness, shortness of breath, and an incessant cough. Chest pain is another sign of a potential rejection.
While recovering from your surgery, your body will be inflamed and you will have a light fever. This is a normal part of your body healing from physical trauma. However, if your fever starts to ascend above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, it could be a sign of rejection or infection.