I try to have a reasonable faith in the medical system, seeing how I’ve invested a great deal of time and money training and practicing in it. But I was a bit shocked a couple days ago. Baby got admitted to our local Children’s Hospital (that I am on staff with) after a 30 minute fever seizure (he’s fine now, mom needs a vacation). I made sure hubby brought all his food so I didn’t have to worry about what “nutrition services” might feed him. Thank goodness I did! Little did I know how much I should have worried! I really wish I would have taken a photo of his meal tray.
For a 12 month old, with allergies on the menu in bold: DAIRY PRODUCTS, PEANUTS, TREE NUTS, EGG, WHEAT, BARLEY….for dinner they sent up breaded chicken nuggets ( clearly not Ians!), french fries, salad with ranch dressing, roll with dairy based margarine, carrot and celery sticks (with ranch dip)…and soymilk. For breakfast they sent up bacon and eggs, cereal of some sort, a “gluten-free focaccia” with dairy-based margarine…and soymilk.
Aside from the inappropriateness of feeding salad and raw celery sticks 12 month olds….they basically took a regular meal and substituted soymilk! Granted, a hospital is the place to anaphylax, but I was a bit shocked that a Children’s Hospital couldn’t figure it out. When I recover my sleep and nerves, I’ll probably have a fit of conscience and offer some consultation service to the kitchen.0