Food for thought?

I was determined to write a short post today, documenting the journey so far. The fact that I have not done so may be down to how damnably busy being in hospital keeps you, or it may just be that I am lacking energy for other reasons,

I was always brought up with the mistaken conviction that fresh air, good company and conversation, and plenty of good, wholesome food was the way to good health.

While breakfast is supposed to be the main meal of the day, we can skip its pallid gold for the piece de resistance… the mai meal of the day…

Now, on a hospital ward, Covid limits the prospect of healthy exercise and fresh air. And fair enough, the company you get on a tiny ward with half a dozen mixed cases can be excellent, mediocre or overpowering. One of those things.

But something as basic as the comfort of good food should be possible.

Even hot food might be nice.

Or something toothsome, tasty or even hot…

But heigh ho… we can’t be greedy. It is a lot to ask a company paid a few meagre millions to feed a whole hospital on hot food. Some of it even resembles what is on the menu, for goodness sake!

As long as you are not much of a cook, or an eater.

And, where visitors once picked up any slack with home baked treats, sneaky chocolates and trips to the canteen … Covid has knocked all of those off the menu, including visits from your nearest and dearest. Unless you happen to be at end of life.

So, most of my healing calories come from the pill pots that contain a cocktail of painkillers enough to down a small army, but which have ceased to touch the jaw and shoulder pain tonight . Bugger .

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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176 Responses to Food for thought?

  1. 😳 that does NOT look appealing. I hope you are feeling better by the time I got to this Sue. Healing wishes. For heaven’s sake do not go watching any food shows tonight. That won’t help!

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  2. TanGental says:

    Blimey… grim is as grim does

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  3. Glad I’m on a diet. Yuk!
    When I had my first ever stay in hospital (1977) I wasn’t fed for four days in case they had to operate. They did let me sip water though. Gee. So when I was finally shown a menu, I ticked the good options, and settled on a nice mousse for dessert. Somebody else got my dinner as they didn’t fancy what they’d chosen, but did I get theirs? Nope. Luckily Mum had snuck in some goodies and I hid them!!
    Thinking of you Sue.

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  4. Jen Goldie says:

    πŸ˜πŸŒΉπŸ’πŸŒΉπŸ’œ

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    Can’t say I like this, Sue. But your sense of humor is intact and lasting!

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  6. Sending healing thoughts and love… ❀

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  7. Mary Smith says:

    I’d forgotten about the food. The consultant turned up one lunchtime as I was pushing my plate away. I told her the broccoli had defeated me – it was a head of broccoli split lengthways and boiled into limpness. She said it would have defeated her, too. Looks like as far as the food goes there’s no difference between north/south. The cauliflower cheese was OK. xxx

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  8. Ritu says:

    Oh, Sue! That doesn’t look wholesome, at all!

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  9. acflory says:

    Apologies…I couldn’t ‘like’ this one at all. It all looks awful. Sadly, I’m not surprised. Nutrition doesn’t seem to be on the hospital menu anywhere in the world. When I had surgery about ten years ago, I survived on fruit and yoghurt because everything else was revolting. Some of it was relatively hot, or at least not congealed, but actual nutritional value? Meh. 😦

    I hope you get out of there as soon as possible. Once you’re home, Ani will look after you. -hugs-

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  10. memadtwo says:

    It’s good to hear your voice. I do think hospitals go out of their way to make you feel worse. But being deprived of visitors has to be the hardest thing of all. We are all thinking of you! And sending healing wishes. (K)

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  11. willowdot21 says:

    Hi Sue just found this, thank goodness your sense of humour is Hale and hearty! I have to agree the food is appalling! I could hardly eat anything when I was in it seemed like everything was designed to make me sick! Chin up and thank the lord they’ve not offered you porridge ! Sending hugs πŸ€—πŸ’œ

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  12. Paula Light says:

    Appreciate your humor πŸ’–

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  13. thinking of you, Sue ❀

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  14. It isn’t any better here in the U.S. either, unless you are overly fond of jello, broth, and crackers. I guess it’s a good sign that you have an appetite – if only someone could sneak in some take-out while they aren’t looking….

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  15. Dearest Sue, I am your American counterpart here. My greatest compliment to the food served here is, “It wasn’t awful.” Most of the time, it IS! In my thoughts, I am sending you yummy, HOT food! Hang in there!

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  16. Goodness, they really could do a better job in the culinary arena… 😦

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  17. Sadje says:

    Hospital food is notoriously unappetizing and this one looks very much higher so. Sending you healing thoughts and prayers

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  18. HappySoul says:

    Love your sense of humour. About Hospital food, I remember crying that I want something eatable when I was hospitalised with swine flu with a baby in my tummy!

    Sending across best wishes your way, Sue ❀️

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  19. Hospital food is always grim, Sue, just like aeroplane food. I hope despite the food you are doing better. I sent you an email 😊.

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  20. gmvasey says:

    I recall from long ago that a threat of bodily harm went something like – Do you like the taste of hospital food then or what? Now I see why! Much love and healing your way …. xxxx (and to Stu )

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  21. Boilett, Plateit & Srapeit, purveyors of Hospital Fine Foods – the plates themselves might be tastier, Sue – Hope the treatment cures you fast and you can escape back home SOOON πŸ€—β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ€—

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  22. SC Skillman says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us, Sue. Know that there are many thinking of and praying for you. And it sounds as if the hospital caterers need praying for too! I think it’s the way they dollop the food on the plate that increases its unappetising character too. May healing and strength come your way.

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  23. Thinking of you and sending love and hugs ❀ xx

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  24. scifihammy says:

    The food looks really unappetising! And sorry to hear the pain meds aren’t working. I hope things improve! Hang in there.

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  25. joylennick says:

    Your jaded appetite may not be sated, but at least your sense of humour is intact. Positive, healing thoughts and vibes are with you, Sue. Love xx

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  26. As somebody who burns or spoils anything he cooks, I think my cooking just about beats what they’re serving you, Sue. Are you allowed any food parcels? I could send you something from the Cadbury’s online store I’ve just discovered.
    Sending you plenty of hugs.
    xx

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  27. Wait… Some of it actually resembles what you ordered? That’s incredible!

    Based on all my own trips in to hospital, I have to say that the only good things about hospital food are that you actually get to have breakfast in bed (even if it only just passes for breakfast) and you don’t have to do the dishes afterwards. If you’re on the right ward, and get to be among the first to be fed, you might even have some heat to your food… If you’re lucky.

    It’s even harder if you’re vegetarian, and harder still if you’re vegan. When I explained that I didn’t eat any of what they had on the menu during one hospital stay, they asked what I wanted then. I asked if they could do me a jacket potato with beans but without any butter, or some chips or something for now, and we’d figure out something better for the evening meal. The reply was, “You do realize this is the NHS, right?” because apparently that was a complicated order. I’m still confused by that, especially since some of the meals actually come with those things.

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Oh I know. I know it is hard work sorting hundreds of meal and diets, but vegetarianism/veganism is fairly common and yet still such a difficult task for so many establishments.

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  28. Goff James says:

    Humour is a great tonic. Stay Positive. Stay Smiling.

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  29. Jules says:

    Continued healing. Positive thoughts from across the pond.
    ((Hugs)) ~Jules

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  30. Oh wow that looks unappetising Sue, especially when you are in the greatest need of nutritional support… I did some research into our local hospital when working for media several years ago and was shocked to discover that allegedly the food was shipped in 200 miles from Wales, (including frozen omelettes) reheated and when returned as inedible, the food not eaten was then removed from the premises by the same company and sold on as pig swill…So they made on the deal both ways and had little interest in having it eaten by the patients! –
    However, my experience with my mother led me to believe that it actually was re-purposed as the new item on the menu for the toothless – ‘masheable’ . I know that you are not at that stage yet so at least you are getting the first sitting!! β™₯β™₯ Perhaps a bribe to one of the nurses coming back on duty to bring in some Indian takeaway that at least would give the other patients something pleasant to smell….stay strong Sue… and let us now where you are so we can send food parcels β™₯

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  31. John Bainbridge says:

    Hope you have a very speedy recovery.

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  32. Darlene says:

    Oh, dear Sue. The food looks appalling. Don’t they know you need comfort food right now, especially as you can’t have hugs? Well, here’s a virtual hug coming all the way from Spain. And lots of love and licks from Dot too. xo

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  33. The food looks awful, Sue, but I’m more concerned about the fact you’re on morphine. I’m tempted to get on my COVID soapbox about people who’re ignoring the wider impact – the delays to treatment for other conditions, and the restrictions on what you’d normally have in the way of support. Ess had surgery the other week, but I wasn’t allowed past the front door of the hospital, so she had to deal with it all on her own. (Trust me, if I’d got on my soapbox, I’d have said a lot more! But I’ll save that for another day.) Hope you can get out soon and at least have the comfort of loved ones around you – and palatable meals. Our thoughts are with you.

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  34. Alli Templeton says:

    Hi Sue, sorry to hear you’re in hospital. I’ve been away for a few days and haven’t been able to do much reading this week. I hope – apa<3rt from the food, evidently – that things are going well for you, but I can imagine it's a miserable time to be in that environment. My thoughts are with you, and I hope to see you at Medieval Wanderings soon. Take care and all the best. xx ❀

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  35. Adele Marie says:

    I’m sorry to hear your in hospital, Sue and with the food as well. I know how that can be ehrm, described as food. Sending huge hugs and love and hope you are home soon. xxx

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  36. dgkaye says:

    Arg Sue, I can’t even imagine your predicament, all those battering tests, no human company and crappy hospital food. I can honestly say that all the times I’ve been in hospital, I’ve never eaten hospital food. It’s a mental block with me. I hope somebody can sneak you something at some point, or else get you home quick! Hugs ❀ xxx

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  37. Eliza Waters says:

    That food looks god-awful, sorry to say. I’ve often wondered how a place dedicated to healing the body can get it so desperately wrong in ways to provide it. Food seems so basic, yet hospitals rank the worst. Even school lunches are better!
    I hope soon you’re allowed to escape back home to good food, family love and Ani-hugs. A much better healing environment. xo

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  38. trishsplace says:

    How true, at the best of times, if you’re stuck in hospital at least you should be able to look forward to some tasty grub! And you’re friends can’t visit atm with goodies! Maybe we should mail you burgers and chips!

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  39. Jennie says:

    I hope you are home this weekend eating comfort food and snuggling with Ani. Sending you my best wish of healing. Much love, Jennie.

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  40. Hope they at least gave you the good stuff. πŸ˜‰

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  41. My (many) experiences with hospital food are that no matter what the menu says, the food is awful. During the cancer experience (almost exactly 10 years ago), they had fancy menus so you could order a meal, like in a restaurant. They should have skipped the menus and spent the money on a cook or three. I ordered the “Baked Salmon in Honey.” Actually, both my friend who was staying with me (sleeping in the chair — which must have been a real misery for her and her bad back!) ordered it.

    It was inedible. It was so hard you could have used it as a pingpong racket.

    Later the nurse said: “Good Lord! NEVER order fish in a hospital!” Mind you the hospital was about a quarter mile from the docks where the fishing boats come in. We ultimate discovered that having Garry bring donuts and coffee was the best diet we could manage. Even JUST the coffee could get you through the day since the medication was pretty filling.

    It must have been the awful food, but that was when everyone discovered I really AM a sleepwalker because I took off at a dead run for the main nurse’s desk to complain about the food — at about three in the morning … with Cherrie hot on my tail trying to convince me to come back to bed. You gotta admit, that had to be VERY bad food.

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      The food… even the omelettes … are shipped in from miles away, frozen, to be thawed and reheated. Or not, judging by the lukewarm monstrosities on the plate.
      It was the most depressing moment… and with no access to anything you could call snacks or coffee in between, bloody appalling for morale.

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  42. Hi Sue. The food looks more like what would be served in prison – quite revolting! In fact not being allowed television or entertainment or visitors is like solitary confinement. But it’s good to see that you have kept your sense of humour. Reading, reading and more reading would be my answer but I suppose you don’t have access to books either. I’m so sorry. All of us (your followers) are sending positive, healing thoughts your way. xx

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  43. jenanita01 says:

    From what I can gather from among the absolute mass of comments, you have made it home today. You sound fighting fit at least, so pleased to hear that! We are thinking of you, Sue and sending virtual hugs…

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  44. ellenbest24 says:

    Oh Sue, I am sending a speedy recovery zooming your way. Having been on a hospital staycation myself last month, and sheilding since March 14th … I feel for you. At least we did /are getting medical care, though it is of little comfort when in pain, lonely and hungry. PS. the food does leave a lot to the imagination. Stay Covid safe, keep your spirits up. There are many of us wordy friends looking forward to you getting well, and are rooting for you.

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  45. Jan Sikes says:

    Sending healing vibes your way across the miles, Sue!

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  46. CarolCooks2 says:

    Oh, Dear Sue…Corden bleu it sure ain’t…I do hope you are home now being pampered and not being tortured about what could be for dinner…I think even Saangchai would refuse that …Sending healing Buddha vibes and blessings πŸ™‚ xx

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  47. CarolCooks2 says:

    Can you not take a picnic if you go in again πŸ™‚ x

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