hospital food

By max2slim Latest Reply 2010-10-25 01:34:43 -0500
Started 2010-10-18 18:32:20 -0500

my hubbys in the hospital and all they have is junk food machines cokes chips and candys cant leave to eat every time and packing a lunch and everything else they need to have snacks for people who want to eat health and would rather have fruit and vegtebales over any ding dong. they can put sliced apples in the bags heck even McDonalds gives that option…

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qnmimi 2010-10-25 01:34:43 -0500 Report

Most hospitals do have lousy food, but remember for future hospital visits ( if you are the patient) DEMAND to see either the dietitian, or nutritionist on duty…most of the hospitals I am aware of have to have one or the other on staff. I agree, no excuse for poor diets in a place where you are there to get well!!

Elrond 2010-10-23 20:27:07 -0500 Report

In my last hospital stay, I was served food I wouldn't feed to an animal. This was at the VA hospital. The worst part was that they served unfamiliar foods and absolutely refused to identify many of the 'mystery items'. I had no idea of the carb counts so I could control my diabetes. And they'd bring me coffee (lukewarm) but no creamer. When I asked for diet sweetener, there was none available. I was forced to do without sweetener or use real sugar. After all this, I was chided because my sugar was high. Insulin was administered whenever the nurse found it convenient, often with no regard to my present blood sugar; it was merely time for insulin. When my sugar hit over 300, I begged for insulin but was refused becaused it wasn't time for insulin yet. Fortunately, I was only there two days, I might not have survived a longer stay.

GabbyPA 2010-10-24 11:15:45 -0500 Report

Yes, I found diabetic care very lacking in a regular hospital stay. My mom had some of the same troubles. You would think they would at least consider the situation...what a bunch of bozo's

Guardianstone 2010-10-22 00:03:04 -0500 Report

What ever you do, don't follow what I did.
Before I was diagnosed my husband had a heart attack. He refused to go to the hospital until almost 24 hours later. We arrived at 6pm he finally was seen 4 hours later. He finally was admitted at 6am. I hadn't eaten all day. I was in pain, (migrane) Anxiety and panic, cigarette withdrawl, caffene withdrawl, afraid to find a bathroom, (new places freak me out), chest pain, etc. They finally got him a room, and found him a room about 08:30am. He was sent for a test to check his heart, and my panic mode went to histeric mode. By the time I went home, after noon, I couldn't eat or sleep. I had to call 20 different people, and try not to let anyone know I was out of my mind with grief. In 7 days I slept a total of 7 hours. I had a chef salad, a hamburger, 1/2 a cup-o-soup, and a package of string cheese.
That was all except water, weak tea, and a diet coke. I collapsed on the 7th afternoon. I was put in the hospital, given a couple very strong meds, sent through dozens of tests, and finally given something that looked like toxic waste.
I think I actually ate 1 meal the 5 days there.
Make sure you FIND something to eat. Don't let the hospital feed you.
Take care of yourself.
Guardian stone

jayabee52 2010-10-22 14:35:53 -0500 Report

My Jem was in the hospital frequently. I thought the meals were not all that bad, but Jem was what I would call a "foodie" she liked certain things and didn't like others. On the days she didn't like the selections for the day, she'd ask me to go the short order grill at the cafeteria or even a resturaunt outside the hospital to bring in some food she liked. She would give me the hospital meal, which IMO was not that bad. But I'm not all that particular re food. I'll eat most anything that don't try to eat me first! LoL!

GabbyPA 2010-10-22 15:35:11 -0500 Report

The trouble with eating the patients food, is that it goes on their record as being eaten by them. I would have gladly eaten my husband's salads and things, but they were tracking what he ate...not what I ate. LOL

jayabee52 2010-10-22 16:09:50 -0500 Report

well Jem had a way of getting the nurse's permission for me to go out and get the item. It was either that, or she didn't eat. The nurses usually gave in if it meant that she didn't eat.

I know from direct experience that she could be VERY persuasive. And she did it so well and lovingly. That, I believe is why she was such a good social worker, and so well loved in the medical community. Darn, I really miss her!

GabbyPA 2010-10-23 18:47:08 -0500 Report

Isn't it funny the little things that we remember about our loved ones that have shared their lives with us. That is a great memory...hold it tight.

Type1Lou 2010-10-20 11:53:28 -0500 Report

I was hospitalized due to hypoglycemia while on vacation, 2000 miles from home. The hospital care was wonderful; the hospital food was abysmal! The meals for my 2-day stay were way too high in carbohydrates for good diabetes control…you'd think a hospital dealing with a diabetic admission would do better!

GabbyPA 2010-10-19 14:56:27 -0500 Report

I know, isn't it ironic! A place where you would think you could find something healthy...not! I went through that recently with my hubby for 5 days in his room. I just ended up bringing my own food or just went without. It is not the best solution, but a bag of chips was not on my menu. I did do some peanuts one day out of desperation.

Harlen 2010-10-19 06:59:18 -0500 Report

My wife works at the Hospital and there is no way I will let her eat that crap the typ of food they give in this day and time is just nasty.
I pack her food and make her meals that will be good and good for her.
Best wishes

RAYT721 2010-10-18 20:01:08 -0500 Report

I went through the same issue(s) when my wife was in the hospital and while it was good that the hospital had a cafeteria, I can't say that I was overly impressed with the selections they offered. I found myself bringing things from home more often than eating from the cafeteria and especially the vending machines. There was a Rite Aid Pharmacy in walking distance so I was able to get over there for quickie snacks like healthier Atkins bars, fat free yogurts, beef jerky, nuts, and other snacks. I did bring food from home or grocery stores more often than buying things (expensive) at the cafeteria. The hospital were were at is not in a good neighborhood as far as walking goes so it was easier to shop before and after my 8:00 am to 8:00 pm hospital "shifts" of visiting. I am sorry to hear of your hospital's illness and my words of advice (experience) is to make sure to make time and take time for your own rest and nutritional needs. Being a diabetic isn't easy so prior planning is a very important concern. I used to make lists of things to bring from home relating to books, food, and other needs for she and I. The best thing I brought was my laptop computer because my contact with many of my Diabetic Connect friends were so helpful with the emotional support during a difficult time. Best wishes to you and husband.

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