Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Slight progres report

Yesterday I made an uncomfortable ride to the doctor's office for staple removal. More than fifty. I quit counting. The left leg remains non weight bearing for the next four weeks, when I'll be reevaluated. The femur is one long bone to repair!

Between then and now, my job is to become strong and easy on my non-dominate right leg! I wish I were Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In the meantime, let's be food critics!


This was called beef stroganoff with summer squash. The noodles were dry and sticky, the squash boiled to mush with the hide of a rhino. The dessertwas good for two bites before the sugar overwhelmed.


This is called mac and cheese with stewed tomatoes. Good old Kraft mac and cheese that has been foisted on the world's children. The "salad" is iceburg lettuce, shredded one sixteenth inch wide. It's like chewing green hacksaw blades. I've given it two chances, and the cherry tomatoes three. One more for laughs?
 

"Welsh rarebit" with steamed brocolli and decent bacon. Let's hear it for that mainstay of American cuisine, 
American cheese.

For all that gripeing, I am making progress. I'll tell you next time. 

43 comments:

  1. Nice progress! Keep an eye on the sutures where the staples were removed. Let the doc know if any skin areas start looking too different, like more red, yellow infection oozing out, separation of the skin. Hope the bathroom trips are increasing and the sheet changing decreasing. If they made the food extra tasty, you wouldn't be inspired to get better so you can leave! You could have some friends sneak in some better food or snacks sometime. Physical Therapy should be working with you! Linda in Kansas

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  2. Hospital food is the pits. Too bad your sister or daughter can't bring you some real food. And that looks more like melted cheese than welsh rarebit. I thought you wrote you broke your tibia. 50 staples? I started an email to you but life interrupts. Today I'm attempting to fill the holes in the roof/wall above my studio room in the shop with flex seal putty.

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  3. The food always sounds better on the menu than it is in person! Too bad! You have got to keep eating something tho so you have the strength to recover. Can friends and family visit? Have them bring treats and things you like to eat! Best wishes for a smooth recovery!

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  4. Just a comment here (pun intended)--I'll take that lemon meringue pie if you don't want it! LOL Seriously, those food selections are truly horrible. Wow... Have your niece bring you a decent meal from a local restaurant!

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  5. Hari OM
    ...well, on the bright side, these might make even those meals on wheels earlier mentioned look like fine dining!!! Deary me. Think of the meals as additional medication, important for the general improvement of your wellbeing, even if highly unpleasant to swallow &*> YAM xx

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  6. I am thrilled that you are making progress, but shudder at the multitude of staples.
    Sigh at the food. Himself's uncle (in his nineties) is in hospital after breaking his hip and has similar complaints.

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  7. Doesn't sound too cheery. Let's hope the healing moves along. About the "food". You'd never guess what it is without a menu.

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  8. I have to say - the mac and cheese with stewed tomatoes looks like something that shouldn't be served together anywhere. Is there local pizza delivery?

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  9. It's good to hear from you and to know there is some progress. As far as I am concerned you are every bit as strong as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in all the ways that really count!
    Can you have visitors now? If so, ask them to bring you some real food! Keeping you in my thoughts.

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  10. Out of everything you showed here, Joanne, I would have only eaten the bacon and broccoli... (and the broccoli is a maybe). Hopefully your family/friends can bring you in something better on occasion. But waiting to hear on the progress report.

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  11. Oh my Lord. How could anyone expect to survive, much less heal on such a diet? I am so sorry that this is currently your situation. I just hate it for you.

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  12. Are you still in lockdown because of staff COVID?? If you can, have someone bring you something you like. That food looks dreadful. I'm so sorry.

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  13. The food doesn’t look appealing. Glad to hear you are making progress though.

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  14. I wish I could help with something.

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  15. That food looks shite. You need to eat something more appetising in my foolish opinion. I mean, it doesn't even look comforting.

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  16. Awful food..you need good grub to get well!!
    Good that you are getting sorted, but that food takes the biscuit as they say!! (Sorry 😎😄)xx

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  17. I'm glad that you're moving ahead and hope that you're eating, even though the cuisine leaves much to be desired.

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  18. I honestly felt my stomach heaving looking at that food Joanne. It's pitiful what they call food in hospitals and care homes that should know better.

    You sound more upbeat, wishing you continuing health improvement!

    XO
    WWW

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  19. Institutional food is known for being grim. The fact that you are making progress is good news. That's what is important. Maybe Laura and Beth will bring you a care package with some tasty goodies. Hint, hint...Laura and Beth.

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  20. I am back and forth on the food offerings.

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  21. Oh, my, that's a lot of staples!

    The food, from a distance, looks better than it sounds, that's for sure. :S

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  22. I was in hospital for a short while when I was about 5, and can still recall the smell of the Cabbage they served. I don't like to be critical of food, but that all looks awful. I would have left it, and sent out for a take-away.

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  23. I see a slice of lemon meringue pie that looks pretty good. Was it good? I tried to make Beef Stroganoff once, it didn't come out quite right, according to the picture alongside the recipe, but it looked a lot better than yours did. The mac and cheese with stewed tomatoes looks like they both came out of cans, very Yuk.

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  24. Well I suppose you will just have to stomach the food to gain strength but I always see your indomitable spirit peeking through. Take care.

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  25. I think it's safe to say that the chefs did not attend the Cordon Bleu Institute! Maybe not even the short order cook school!

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  26. wow, you really had a lot of stitches. I hope it wasn't too painful to get them all out. Not too many people like hospital food but oddly enough I always have. Mom always look forward to her children visiting her at the care home, partly because she knew she could get something from outside that she wanted to eat to break up the boredom of the dishes they made at the care home. Besides hearing you don't like the food, I'm very glad to hear you are healing well.

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  27. That is a lot of stitches. I hope they heal without delay.

    Hospitals and care homes have a hard job as far as providing meals goes. They must balance taste with the varied dietary needs of patients - the same meals often must cover those who can eat everything with those who have diabetes, heart conditions, gastro issues, etc. However, your plates in the photos seem to be particularly odd and slapped together.

    I hope your care is better than it was last post. I've been thinking about you often and hoping that was a one-off. Heal, lady!! You have to get out of there!

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  28. When I was last in the hospital they had three things that tasted good to me. One was the baked potato and the other was pork medallion with a very tasty sauce or gravy on it, and orange sherbet. I was on the very low salt diet and that makes food that one could possibly not be repulsed by, really bad. The salt substitute they offered had pepper in it, which I believe I am allergic to because it burns my tongue, mouth and throat for hours after I eat any type of it. They did offer sour cream with the baked potato, so that made it delicious. The problem with the pork medallion was that the knife they provided to cut the meat was a butter knife, and the meat was tough enough that I could only cut a few of the tenderest bits off of it to eat. I called the kitchen to ask about having a steak knife when they served meat, and she said they won't allow the patients to have any sharp knives. Yikes! I never thought about why they weren't giving us sharp knives. It was just a regular hospital for surgeries and serious illness, not a mental hospital. I ended up having my husband smuggle a steak knife from home in to me. I never used it on anyone.

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  29. Leo's theory is that hospital food is deliberately awful to encourage patients to get out as soon as possible.

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  30. Yes, that food would leave me hungry. I lost weight at both nursing homes, and here I am morbidly obese tho cutting my food intake in half. Those meals are deficient in greens.

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  31. Dear Joanne, I’m looking forward to the next report and so hoping that all will go well as you practice being Ruth Bader Ginsberg and having the fortitude and grit she had. I think you already have a headstart on that. Peace.

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  32. Yuk! But pleased to hear of your progress.

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  33. Oh boy Joanne... It's good to hear that the staples were removed and I hope your leg mends on schedule. I'm normally not a fussy eater at all but those meals don't look good at all.

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  34. When one starts to be able to distinguish between good and bad (and that food looks bad) one is on the way to better, Joanne!
    Deplorable that clinics still haven't found out that a good diet heals!
    After my cesarian my husband brought me milk and cheese and fruits and so on - the food we got looked similar to yours - where are those dietitians occupied? The hospitals get good money from us - though why do they economise there??? Good luck that you soon can leave!

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  35. Are those the ready meals you ordered? I must say, they don't look at all appetising. Good luck with the femur recovery.

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  36. rarebit as in rabbit? Why do they call it that anyway? Ummmm... I guess hospital food is hospital food. 50+ staples? That is amazing! What an ordeal!

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  37. I love the way you say “this is called…”

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  38. The Welsh rarebit is a sin and a shame.

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  39. I hated the food last time I was in the hospital. I was given a "menu" to choose from and then had to down down my order. The only job the cooks have is to, well, cook. One would think they would take pride in the job andat least make food that is fit to eat!

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