BrownBagger wrote:Good to see you, Holly! Thanks for checking into my thread. How are you?
SkiFletch wrote:Tell us how you really feel Holly
I love this. I hope my sisters surgery this Tuesday will be so positive. It sounds like you are the "glass half full" type. I love reading positive experiences. Thanks to the advice from people here, Lil sis will meet with a dietitian during her stay, and hopefully they will be as sensitive to her needs as your hospital was.cptmac wrote:I was at Fairview too, but I was at the one in Minneapolis...
The food was awesome. Since it was important that I eat as much meat as possible, I had eggs, bacon and sausage every morning for breakfast.
Usually a burger or pizza for lunch.
Steak or Spaghetti with meatballs for dinner.
But I love salad, but they made me stay away from it. That was hard. Even harder when I was on the heart ward. Everyone else got to eat big salads and chicken for dinner. I begged for a salad, but they said they didn't want to fill my stomach with that, when I needed to eat as much meat as possible. Then it turned out I didn't eat enough fat either. So they ordered me up a chocolate cake and lots of butter for my bread. But I don't like to eat lots of fat, so it was hard for me. To be fair, it was harder for the heart patients who could smell my food as they passed by my room. I even heard one of them upset because they could smell chocolate cake.
Loved the small kitchenette. Plus, I only like cherry popsicles, and the nurses ordered a bunch of those just for me.
When I would go up for my visits, sometimes I would eat in the cafeteria. I loved eavesdropping on doctors conversations and how hear how excited they were to talk about their patients.
I also met a few people who knew of others who had been treated there for Stage IV colon cancer with much success.
I loved walking outside when it was nice and visiting all the peanuts statues. I loved visiting the other floors, mainly the childrens ward. My window always faced the river, I got to watch the barges and the rowing team practice.
Plus, if you didn't like the artwork, you could ask to have someone come by and help you choose artwork that you did like.
They also had a library and a church in the facilities. I remember it being a lot like a spa. I really liked my stay at Fairview too. But I didn't always have a private room.
hannahw wrote:It is bizarre how hospitals that are supposed to heal can serve food that will most likely harm - fried this, high sodium that, bleached grains here, sugar overload there. If you have diabetes, cancer, a heart condition, etc, etc, etc, hospital food is not what you want to be consuming.
Nasty, tough red meat coated in some sort of gravy meant to give the sensation that the meat was softer than rawhide, but really just added high sodium and fat to the plate. Plenty of starches, mainly potatoes that must of come from the box - taste like cardboard, but less nutritious. Double chocolate brownies that had all of the sin and none of the taste. Bacon, eggs, sausage, all sorts of cardiac delights for breakfast.
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