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April 20, 2007

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DALIA


HI DINA,

I AM ALWAYS AMAZED AT YOUR GREAT ATTITUDE, TO THE MOST TRIVIAL THINGS IN LIFE, EVEN IN AN EMERGENCY WARD ON SHABBAT EVE, YOU TAKE THINGS IN YOUR STRIDE, AS THEY COME,TYOU THINK OF OTHER , OLDER PERSONS' PROBLEMS, AND EVEN PUT IN A JOKE OR TWO!
ALL MY ADMIRATIONS TO YOU!

SHABBAT SHALOM,
LOVE,

DALIA

Meg Rosoff

Hey Dina!
If you think the kosher food is bad, you should try the regular food. Through all my hospitalisations I don't think i ever ate a single meal, and I was always the kid who had seconds of school dinners. Hospital food is just plain disgusting. I bet even the drips taste lousy.
xxxxMeg

Ms Baroque

Dina this is a huge and untapped issue.

I'll second Meg's comment - during my recent hospitalisation for acute cholyitis - i.e., infection caused by gallstones ("eat no fat" says the sugeon) - the hospital was unable to provide any food at all that was fat-free: even the toast came slathered in cheap marge. The nurses were unwilling and, crucially, unable to engage on the subject (they seemed to have no knowledge of even the rudiments of nutrition), and I was told "the kitchen will only cook what is on the menu." When I arrived I'd been being sick for days, and unable to eat, and when I did feel a little better the menu contained tomato soup, a tuna-&-chickpea salad, lasagne, Caribbean fish... The more well I got, the more I ate, and then the sicker I was again, till I went home. Eventually I was gagging as soon as the meals trolley arrived on the ward.

It's nothing like your situation, and after a week dreaming of chicken soup I did get it, when I got home; but the hospitals must be full of people on special diets who are being fed food that is actually making them, medically, sicker.

Your post dismays me: I need to have the operation later in the year and I was hoping the kosher menu might be better!

Dina rabinovitch

I know, I know - all hospital food is a disgrace - I'm just tackling the bit I think I may be able to have some say over. I will let you know what the response from Hospital Kosher Meals is - if any.

Also, I hate the way hospital canteens - like gym ones actually - are loaded with chocolate and crisps, I asked once why they couldn't sell grapes or apples, or any of the fresh fruit places like Marks and Spencer's have in chill cabinets (which they have in these places), and the canteen ladies - who are volunteers of course - just shrugged with a "what can you do - hospital regulations won't allow..." It is appalling.

I only ever see my oncologist snacking on chocolate, and two of the nurses in the ward are always chewing gum, which is somehow particularly revolting when they're sticking stuff in your arm.

Ms Baroque

Ew, I agree. And it's like that thing where GPs always smell of tobacco.

Well, I said I was going to write to the hospital about the food, but of course I haven't. Maybe I should.

Good luck with the kosher meals, any headway is better than none!

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The hospitals must be full of people on special diets who are being fed food that is actually making them, medically, sicker.

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