I have a lot of food allergies. I am terrified of having strangers cook my meals not understanding my food allergies and other health problems food based needs.
Does anyone else fear a long enough stay at a hospital or nursing home for you to eat several meals cooked in a setting not controlled by you? Do you have some food allergens that have many different names on food products and therefor difficult for a stranger to make sure there is no cross contamination or straight up… read more
I always have food ready and take to the hospital and talk to the dietitian before any surgery. I agree it is scary if you are placed in an emergency situation. I would think if placed in assistance or nursing home it would have to be planned carefully. I have often thought that would be the end of me.
You all realize of course that these people have your life care in their hands. After stroke it amazed me that they didn't even know much of allergies. The stroke was caused by food allergies! My bp spikes. You can't know what they put in your food. No MSG so the salt substitute had it as an ingredient. On and on it goes. Every health care facility should have a person who watches over each meal (very closely-as if it mattered) for patients with threatening allergies! More training in med schools for this too!
If they can't even follow your Allergy Alerts to Eggs and Rice, then I am doomed. My allergies are WEIRD and unreasonable when it comes to being in everything (thanks Corn allergy).
I was part of one study where I was required to eat the food provided to me. Thankfully they did actually perfectly take my allergies into account. It was bland food of things I don't like to eat much, but it was actually safe. They even took my need for a No Salt diet into account (due to another health problem).
We had this issue when our son required two major operations over two months. First operation went well, but we had to provide him with food, which was difficult as in specialist hospital at some distance from home. So he often went without meals. Despite me talking to manager, and leaving allergy list. Unsafe meals turned up and nurses seemed surprised that he left them. In the end I found out the name of the owner of the catering company and told him exactly what was happening. by second operation he was given his own chef who just cooked his meals in a separate area of the kitchen. We got lucky. If that didnt happen he would of just spent a week on one meal a day that we brought from home, for 2 weeks! (apart from bananas and packets of crisps!)
Yes I would dread going to hospital because they aren't set up /prepared for multiple good allergies.
I would have to bring my own food in or ask friends to make n bring stuff. Then to worry about all the drug allergies and cleaning supplies I can't handle.
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