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This afternoon I lay comfortably and safely on my left side. It felt fantastic. I've been sleeping reasonably well but only able to lie on my back or at best prop myself on pillows at an angle.

Tomorrow we're having a go at using the gutter frame to actually walk/shuffle, rather than just transfer to chair or commode.

Eventually kicked up a stink about food: I'd had one too many completely random food selections, nothing of what I've ordered. The person who delivers would look at the slip of paper with my name and my tray contents on it, and confirm that ths was me, then say, well what's written there is what you ordered. Um no. This happenned a couple of times until she then explained that she just delivers and what did I want her to do about it? Being clear about how I did not hold her responsible I said I believed there was a problem...gee maybe with the computer system or something...? and was there anyway to let someone know.

She said I should speak to my nurse who could contact the kitchen. The nurse explained that this part of the hospital is serviced last by the kitchen so we get the meal substitutions. I mentioned Crohn's Disease and by way of example explained that I kept getting brown bread rather than white bread(I sincerely doubt the kitchen run out of bread of any kind myself, I think they're just indifferent), and that I could not eat the weet-bix for breakfast either. She told me that breakfast is in fact prepared on the ward by the PCA, who I think was the same one who had denied all responsibility earlier.

On mention of Crohn's Disease she was more than happy to refer me to the dietician as the dietician does have some clout with the kitchen and might at least be able to ensure that they'll stop ignoring/substituting things randomly.

The dietician arrived yesterday and briefly explained the ongoign problem they have with the kitchen, which is that the kitchen always passes quality audits because the audits are known about in advance. Then it's business as usual.

But today she came back and did a proper assessment. Basically I'll be flagged as having special dietary needs that I can manage myself so long as the kitchen does actually send me what I request from their menu. I will also receive one yoghurt at dinner and one banana at lunch. (Both items are available, but apparently only on the say so of a dietician.)


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Oct. 27th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
This is a failure of management. No-one seems to be watching these people.

*more pats*
Oct. 29th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
Apparently they have menu monitors. I'm not sure what they do.
Oct. 28th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
Eeeurrg. Dare I ask which hospital this is?
Oct. 29th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Caulfield General Medical Centre, part of the Alfred Hospital.
Oct. 28th, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)
Yeesh. That's deplorable. Rationing out yogurt and bananas? I'd be ordering out!

But yay for being able to switch positions! It's heavenly, innit?
Oct. 29th, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)
Well I now only accept visitors if they bring me food!

Oct. 29th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
It's worse than dealing with the bloody council Aged and Disability Care, and THAT'S saying something!!!
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