"Other than breakfasts I was well looked after"
Posted by restonpeter (as ),
In February last year I suffered a stroke. I was taken to the BGH where I was cared for for 4 weeks. In early March I was subsequently transferred to the Knoll Hospital, Duns where I stayed for a further 4 weeks. In both hospitals the nursing care was excellent. On most days I was attended by a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist who gave me ever exacting exercises.
There was one problem, however. Twenty-one years ago I was diagnosed with stomach cancer and I was sent to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (old one) where I had a complete gastrectomy. After recovery my eating habits changed. I had to eat little and often. Foods which I had previously liked made me feel queasy. E.g. Cereals with milk and porridge. The dietician gave me a diet sheet indicating that I should have a fried breakfast and in order to increase my weight I should eat foods that slimmers would normally avoid. This I have happily and successfully done for the last 20 years.
I had no problems at the BGH where for breakfast I was given a bacon roll. This was the only fried breakfast available.
However at the Knoll Hospital, I was told that there was no cooked breakfast available. I would have to choose between cereals, porridge, toast, grated cheese or fruit.
Twice I had been taken to the patients’ kitchen by the Occupational Therapist where I was tested in making tea and toast. No problems. Hopefully, I suggested that I could make my own breakfast of fried bacon, tomatoes and toast. I would get my wife to bring the food for cooking. After she had consulted with superiors this suggestion was turned down. (On the morning after I returned home I successfully made a breakfast of fried bacon, fried tomatoes and toast.) It was delicious!
During most of my stay at the Knoll my breakfasts consisted of toast and grated cheese, Cuppa Soup, fruit or tinned fruit. I did not enjoy my breakfasts.
Other than breakfasts I was well looked after. I was given an uncooked snack whenever I asked. During the night when I sometimes had reflux I would be given a cup of tea to relieve the burning sensation in my throat.
Please do not think that I did not appreciate all of the care, attention and kindness I received in the Knoll.
I only wish that a little more could be done for those who have abnormal dietary requirements.