Thursday, November 6, 2008

Hospital Food

Complaining about the food is almost a requirement of any hospital stay and I feel sorry for all of the dieticians and food service workers who really do try to make it palatable. The food services department at this hospital is a little different. They don't have a regular meal service. Instead they have room service. It's an interesting idea but there are a few drawbacks. First, when you are recovering from an illness or injury you really don't want to be bothered with deciding what to eat. Getting Bob to choose a meal was like pulling teeth three times a day. If I hadn't been there to bug him he probably wouldn't have eaten anything. Second, the food is hot and fresh but during busy times it could take over an hour to arrive. When you are taking care of a patient who's medication is bothering their stomach an hour is a long time to wait for food to take it with. Third, it's still hospital food. Cream of Wheat and dry scrambled eggs, soggy sandwiches and fruit cups, meat in gravy with instant mashed potatoes. There's just not much you can do to make it appealing.

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