Hospital Food and PA

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2003 - 7:11pm
MichelleR's picture
Joined: 05/14/2001 - 09:00


I was watching a film on TV last night (Unbreakable starring Bruce Willis, if you

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2003 - 11:08pm
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Hi Michelle.
Before my son was born I spoke with a dietician at the hospital. She seemed to think they could provide me with a peanut-free diet while I was there. I also have to have a sesameseed-free diet, and with that she was totally confuffled. Didn't seem to understand about *cross-contamination*. I decided to bring my own food to the hospital - and since I was only in 24 hours that wasn't too bad.
After discovering she was confused about cross contamination I questioned further about peanut. She thought if it didn't say *may contain* it must be safe.
This was 5 years ago, and [i]maybe[/i] things are better, but I doubt it. Somewhere on this board is a mom's experience with a popsicle given to a pa child after an allergic reaction.
However, there is something you can do. Most hospital's now have fridge and microwaves available for patient's use. They are not private, in your own room, but, at least they are available.
Here's hoping this is all information you don't need anytime soon. [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2003 - 11:08pm
LaurensMom's picture
Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

Lauren was in the hospital for 3 days. when I ordered food for her, they said it didn't contain peanuts. when I asked if they read the label, the response was, "Why, it is wheat bread? Wheat bread doesn't contain peanuts"
I was floored and asked for a supervisor.
So a word of caution to those in the hospital.

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2003 - 11:13pm
Tamie's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Our local hospital does serve peanut products, I've seen them in the cafeteria. My dd was in the hospital a few years ago, and wasn't served p.b., however she is also allergic to eggs and every morning, they had eggs on her plate. I'm glad I stayed right there with her.

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2003 - 11:42pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Awhile back we discussed a simialr topic if not the same. I recall mt Dad being prescribed a low salt diet. Every meal had a packet of salt on the tray and he used it. I know my dad, and actually, this *was* a low salt diet for him, LOL. He uses TONS of it. It is actually quite gross.
I mentioned it every time I saw it and usually the person could not speak English, and by the time a nursing staff person came along, he had eaten, and used it. I tried, but he was easily aggitated at the time and I could not really stop him.
I would imagine any other restriction would be handled with the same degree of care. [img][/img] becca
[This message has been edited by becca (edited October 02, 2003).]

Posted on: Thu, 10/02/2003 - 12:12am
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Joined: 05/14/2002 - 09:00

WE had the WORST hospital experience. My son had spent the night after having MAJOR reaction. The next morning, after specifing to the nurses over and over again about his allergies which are: peanuts, kiwi and egg. This is what they brought on his tray: Honey Nut Cheerios, a muffin (containing who knows what) and scrambled eggs!!! I was floored!! I won't trust the hospital that is for sure!!!

Posted on: Thu, 10/02/2003 - 12:54am
Sarahfran's picture
Joined: 06/08/2000 - 09:00

We've always had good experiences, peanut-wise, in hospitals. Sometimes the food is unidentifiable and disgusting, but it's always been peanut-safe since my DD's diagnosis. The key is to talk to your doctor about your dietary needs, not the nurses or the food service staff. Your doctor can order a special diet, and at least in our hospitals, they always comply. Interestingly, my DD has never been hospitalized, but since her diagnosis, I was in the hospital giving birth to my DS, and then he was in the hospital with pneumonia. In both cases, I wanted a peanut-free diet (me because I was nursing and my DS because we're just avoiding peanuts with him entirely to be safe) and the doctors were fine with that.
Just avoid that gelatinous looking stuff that could be pureed peaches but could also be hardened polenta.

Posted on: Thu, 10/02/2003 - 3:20am
CorinneM1's picture
Joined: 06/20/2002 - 09:00

[quote]Originally posted by LaurensMom:
Lauren was in the hospital for 3 days. when I ordered food for her, they said it didn't contain peanuts. when I asked if they read the label, the response was, "Why, it is wheat bread? Wheat bread doesn't contain peanuts"
Good God. Please don't tell me that this was a nurse who said this. How infurating/disappointing.

Posted on: Thu, 10/02/2003 - 5:21am
2Pies's picture
Joined: 07/21/2003 - 09:00

My first DS is PA. When I was in the hospital after the birth of my second DS in 2001, I noticed that the ticket/menu that came with my meal noted that I had a peanut allergy, which I don't. Imagine my surprise when I got a meal with a peanut butter cookie! I told a nursing supervisor immediately! (Maternity patients don't get to choose their menus since they aren't in for very long.)
This isn't a small hospital either ... it's a very large teaching hospital in a major city ... we brought our first DS to its emergency room when he had his first PA reaction in 2000.

Posted on: Thu, 10/02/2003 - 10:22pm
MichelleR's picture
Joined: 05/14/2001 - 09:00

Thanks everyone for your responses. It seems like most hospital staff are as clueless as everyone else about this.
Even if you were to request a peanut free diet, how would you know if it was cross contaminated or not? While they might possibly know enough not to give you a peanut butter sandwich (or maybe not, judging by robinlp and 2Pies experiences [img][/img]), you couldn't be sure if they would serve you may contains etc.
At least you'd be in the right place if you did have a reaction though.

Posted on: Thu, 10/02/2003 - 11:30pm
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quietly contemplating the various channels through which a diet order goes through prior to arrival. Fingers in the pot so to speak.
Also contemplating the pot healthcare in general finds itself in today. Bandaids, arteries, and suggestion boxes?


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