Corn Allergy, Food Allergies, Hospital Info

Gluten-Free Hospital Food & Info

14 Comments 04 February 2009

I'm a little nervous. I'm having surgery tomorrow. Don't worry- due to the miracles of modern medicine I won't have to spend the night, but I'll still have to have full anesthesia. I'll spare you the details because, trust me, you don't want the details. Besides, guessing will be more fun! Labotomy? J-Lo implants? Fripple removal?

I'm telling you this because I've found some helpful information that I thought might be of interest to anyone else that is gluten-free if they end up at the hospital, or at least for you to know just for the sake of being prepared for the unexpected that will hopefully never happen.

First of all, GIG has a great checklist of helpful info you can dowload here: Hospital Stays Made Safe . (Thanks to Ginger for the timely tip!)

Second, did you know that there is a company that sells gluten-free and even gluten-free casein-free food kits for hospitals? Even prisons?! (Uh, hope I never need one there!) You can read all about it here. (Thanks, Nancy.)

So, if you have any tips for a gluten-free hospital stay, please share them with all of us.

Oh, and pleeease forgive me if I owe you an email. I promise that I haven't forgotten about you!

Talk to you soon!

Besitos,

Kelly

P.S. If you have a corn allergy, I found out some great info about corn-free IV's. Evidently, you can easily get a corn-free saline IV. Of course, I'm not deathly allergic to corn, but I figure I'll at least ask for this since my body definitely doesn't like corn and I figure it is probably a good idea not to "do" corn intravaneously. I'll let you know how it goes.

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14 Comments so far

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    Stacey says:

    What an interesting post. Stuff you don’t really think about until you need to.

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    Karina says:

    I hope your surgery goes smoothly- whatever it is. Be safe- and heal fast. Hugs and xxx

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    Nancy Lapid says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! (And thanks for the link…)

    -Nancy

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    Gina says:

    That’s very good information to have. When I went gluten-free, what I read was that if you have to go to prison then you pretty much have to eat what they serve. That one thought has been keeping me out of prison for years! Now I know I have a back-up plan just in case.

    Hope you get better soon and thanks for the info!

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    I hope your surgery goes smoothly and you have a speedy recovery.

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    fidget says:

    I hope your surgery goes smoothly and that you heal up quickly.

    while in the hospital with unexplained bleeding during my pregnancy with my older son, the hospital accidentally glutened me, sending me into preterm labor!! Of course, I did not realize what had happened until I returned 2 weeks later to give birth and the dietician actually bothered to give me the gluten free menu, rather then ordering for me from memory.

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    Tina says:

    What a wonderful resource! I am having surgery in a month and this is going to be very helpful.

    Good luck on your surgery and I wish you a speedy recovery.

    Thank you for posting this information!!

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    I read that they only use dextrose in IV if people who have low blood sugar. Even so, I will check ahead if I ever need surgery now that I know I am allergic to corn. One of my son’s is allergic too. Does anyone know how much of this is genetic?

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    Deb says:

    Having had 9 surgeries since 2003, My advice is bring your food.I have uet to get a meal in the hosital that was 100% gluten free. This is what I pack; Kays Protien cereals,( can get in single serve @ Glutenfree mall.com or put it baggies) bananas, GF protien bars, gluten free hard candy,Brown Cow Greek Yogurt ( have a family member or friend bring it to floor when you get a room and nurses will put it in fridge with your name on it.) GF plain crackers and peanut butter.I’m never very hungry after surgery so this is more than enough variety.I seem to be happy with the cereal for each meal.You are drugged so don’t really care LOL I have been amazed at some items Hospital nutritionsists send and say are GF.Then they argue with you,saying Cherrios are GF. They also push proccessed turkey for some reason.No way for us to know if that is GF, many are not! Eggs may be safe, but is the handling in the kitchen? What if they use powdered eggs? Rather than be doped up, sick and having to ask the brand name of everything, bring your own;) I was served a hamburger, bun and french fries after a meeting with the dietician telling ehr the cherrios were not GF I had at breakfast! Good luck everyone :)

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    Francis Sketch says:

    My wife is in The JR, where, it seems to me GF food can nly be rated as POOR. Because of a delayed operation my wife had no food for 36 hours, and when her op was cancelled at 7.30PM, no meal was available, although nothing by mouth had been in operation for 36 hours.

    Despite the fact that Genius bread is freely available NO GF bread or rolls are available in the JR Hospital

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      kelly says:

      I’m sorry, but I’m not familiar with the term “The JR”. [duh] Could you please tell me what that is? And I’m so sorry for the situation your wife had to endure w/out food. : /

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    Ron says:

    I suggest you check out the web site http://www.nulifefoods.com you will see there is a line of products that will be introduced nationally to address the very problem everyone is experiencing at hospitals and other institutions. This is a “certified” line of gluten free breakfasts and entrees.

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    Francis Sketch says:

    Although I have commented before on GF meals at The J.R. hospital in Oxford, I think I should expand my comments. My wife was in the Trauma unit for 9 weeks last year and until I involved The PALS unit there was nothing at breakfast that was GF, and main meals the only options often were salad or curry.

    The curries were usually very hot, the salads had lettuce that rabbits would have rejected.

    The PALS people were VERY helpful, and surprised, as there was ample GF meal provision in the main hospital, but not in the Trauma unit. By the time the catering people had sorted out their problems my wife had lost nearly 2 stone.

    the moral of this story is DO NOT ACCEPT NO OR INADEQUATE GF MEALS. Involve the PALS People. I have dealt with PALS in three hospitals in differnt parts of the country and they have always been supportive and helpfu.


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