Do Coeliacs miss out when it comes to hospital food. Unfortunately I am writing this on behalf of Fiona who is currently recovering from being rushed to hospital last weekend with severe back pain. She has a large prolaped disc which is needs a lot of rest to help heal. She's itching to get back on the laptop which is a sign of being on the mend.
Despite being in extreme pain she was looking on the positive side of being in hospital to sample first hand what the Coeliac experience was re food. Lunch and Dinner were much better than expected. E.g. there was a clearly labelled menu with different dietary requirements so it was relatively simple to pick GF options for lunch, dinner, dessert. However when it came to breakfast that was another thing altogether. First response to the Q aimed at the breakfast trolley lady when asked 'Do you have any gf breakfast options' was a flat 'No'. When the pain killers had properly kicked in after the first couple of day's Fiona managed to talk to one of the nurses who explained that the breakfast trolley only contained gluten cereals. Any gf breakfast has to be booked the night before and ordered specially. Strangely enough there was never any info about that when admitted or on the normal menu offered. This was pretty worrying especially when the cocktail of strong drugs were supposed to be taken with food at all times. This led to extra stress, frustration and tiredness. Despite repeatedly asking for the breakfast to be ordered the best we got was a MullerLite yoghurt to suck through a straw.
In addition the majority of the nurses on this ortho ward didn't know what Coeliac what; what a gf diet consisted of. We all know that there needs to be better health professional training about Coeliac disease but when you are sick and vulnerable and in pain it would be very easy to forget and just eat what you wre given. ( A normal sandwich was slapped on my food tray at one point.) I knew I was getting better when I asserted myself and told them to take it away pronto!!
What's been your (or your child's ) experience of how they look after Coeliac in hospital?
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