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Hospital Food

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Cynof4, May 22, 2019.

  1. Cynof4

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    I know that many of you said you had little to no appetite after surgery. I was wondering though- for those that did what did they serve you after your surgery? Did you get regular meals or a special diet?

    I'm reading through several knee replacement blogs and a few remarked how surprised they were to be on a liquid diet. I know as a diabetic (however well controlled:cry:) I'll get the usual low sugar plate but my endocrinologist has already warned me I will need to up my calorie and carb intake for recovery and is working with me on meal plans to support healthy healing.

    I am not overweight. I'll be in the hospital for 3 days- so this is really a concern. Just curious. I'm not going to make it very long on a liquid diet no matter what's in that IV bag. So, what did they offer you to eat?:what:

    ~Cynthia
     
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    @Cynof4
    Firstly your appetite is likely to depend on the type of anaesthetic that you have. If it's GA then you probably won't want much but if it's a spinal your appetite will probably be normal.
    I ate a 3 course meal about 1.5 hours after getting back from the recovery room. The next morning I had yogurt and egg on toast but after that I lost my appetite completely.
    The drugs make you thirsty so you are likely to want to keep drinking. I found I went off my usual tea and was just happy with water.
    When I got home I still had little appetite for the next week but it gradually returned to normal.
     
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    I had GA and still had a good appetite in the hospital. I don’t have any health issues so I didn’t need anything special. The food was delicious, I could have been in a restaurant. I had regular food, no liquid diet at all. And I didn’t have to cook it, or even go get it myself. :happydance:It doesn’t get any better than that.

    I had an excellent hospital experience, no complaints at all.
     
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    The liquid diet for post-surgery is pretty outdated practice, especially for TKR.
     
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    The hospital I was at gives you a printed menu, based on the diet your doctor has ordered. But we could order anything we wanted from that menu, at any time of day. The hospital my sister was in was not as advanced,:heehee: you got what you got, and it was low carb. She is not diabetic, but your blood sugar rises after surgery, probably due to meds given during surgery, and her surgeon wants blood sugar in control to lower risk of infection. I was very anxious pre surgery that my doctor was going to put me on a low carb diet! We called my sister's meals the "white" meal, it was a chicken breast with some kind of sauce, cauliflower, a bread roll, milk, and vanilla low sugar pudding. Totally bland and unappetizing looking. Then when she had her shoulder done, it was a Wednesday again, and she got the same exact meal! The nurse advised us to complain, so that maybe the hospital would change to letting people choose their own meals! I was hungry at first, but after I got home, I did not have much appetite for a couple of weeks.
     
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    Just the regular hospital menu which varied from meal to meal in being okay-ish to yuk!
    :scratch: My recollection of a liquid diet wasn't an IV but specially made up products similar to Complan. I'm also diabetic and had a small surgery a couple of weeks ago that required me to fast from midnight. So I had a BIG meal about 23.30hrs! But even so, come 7am I was already feeling faint and kinda hypo. And I didn't go down until about 2pm! I had egg and cress sandwiches in my wheely case and wish I'd made more!

    Another time, I was served a 'meal' that was supposed to be shepherds pie (basically beef mince and mash) but they gave me a huge portion, mostly mash, accompanied by a generous portion of boiled potatoes! Plus a very small spoonful of mixed veg (which I hate!). When the nurse put it down in front of me, I asked if she knew I was diabetic. Having been assured they knew, I proceeded to register a complaint about a meal that was about 75% carbohydrate. She just shrugged her shoulders, saying nobody else had ever complained and walked off!
     
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    @Josephine ,
    Thank you so much for your very descriptive reply- exactly what I was looking for :wave:.
    I am a very tightly controlled diabetic and giving up control of my diet and medication- even for a few days- worries me. The last time I had surgery it took me 3 weeks to get back to where I was the morning I arrived. I was off my oral medications for 4 days and they kept giving me insulin.:bignono: I asked for them to consult with my endocrinologist :beg:. Within an hour my meds were restarted and my pain management plan was changed. Amazingly, pain control and my routine meds lowered my blood sugar within a few hours.

    :what: oh my goodness!!! I can't believe they served you that! I love shepherd's pie, but that sounds horrendous and shows zero knowledge of diabetic dietary needs.

    My favorite hospital meal was a beautiful plate of scrambled eggs, bacon and some fruit. The tray was labeled "low carb". However, it was accompanied by biscuits (2) and gravy with jam. :rotfl: Don't know how those got on there, but definitely NOT low carb!

    I'm going to take your suggestion and make sure I have some "snacks" on hand.

    Thanks for the time and expertise you give this forum.
    ~Cynthia
     
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    @Cynof4
    I am not a diabetic.
    But I do understand the trepidation of giving up your successful routine that manages your diabetes.
    As the person responsible for training those who use the glucose meter to test patients in a 6 hospital system, in our system, our computer will automatically send Dietary the message that you are on a diabetic menu, if the doc orders glucose testing at the bedside. In most Hospital Information Systems in the US, that bedside glucose order will dictate the menu. Just make sure the nurses know about snacks if you use them.
    I am having surgery where I work....when I did my pre-op stuff....the nurse taking my history asked if I had any concerns.... I said “Yes...bad food.” She giggled and said “ I and my co-workers were just discussing the same thing.”
    I am totally taking snacks......
     

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