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of scintillating conversation and even better food, and I'm still producing far too much liquid to have the drains out

at least the nurses are letting me experiment on myself with the blood pressure machine..

Tori says:

That actually looks really good for hospital food.

9th May 2009, 08:39

Viv says:

sounds like you are well on on your way to recovery now...

the nurses will breathe a sigh of relief when you leave:)

9th May 2009, 10:59

bronxelf says:

Tori- I was about to say the exact same thing...

9th May 2009, 11:59

JokerXL says:

WoW, my fave!! save some for me!

9th May 2009, 12:00

Wendle says:

Indeed, that is some nice looking hospital food!

9th May 2009, 14:31

paintist says:

experiment on yourself! ? ! :-))

I missed lunch, and that looks good to me too...

9th May 2009, 15:23

Caine says:

Uh oh. You are bored. The food looks good, but the real question is are they giving you cake?

9th May 2009, 17:38

MaggieD says:

.... and it comes with a doily ! .... fingers still crossed for your release ....

9th May 2009, 20:04

harimanjaro says:

I was a bit worried that was another medical goo photo. But experimenting with with the blood pressure machine.. how cool is that?! Do you think they'll let you play with the machine that goes "bing"?

9th May 2009, 22:42

I was being sarcastic I'm afraid. This dish (which is quite nice) is the *only* good produced by the hospital that is edible and I've discovered it's not possible to eat cauliflower cheese three times a day. Friends are bringing in proper food though and I have what seems like an unlimited supply of dried food to snack on.

One of my drains is down tto 10ml today. It'd be great if the others followed by tomorrow. We'll see

10th May 2009, 07:39

paintist says:

great news about the drain, lets hope the others follow suit very quickly... :-)

good that friends are bringing in supplies, a diet of only cauliflower cheese does not sound good....

10th May 2009, 08:00

JokerXL says:

Nice though it is, Colli-cheese would get a little monotonous after the third or fourth serving.
Drain-on D, lets see you home asp.

10th May 2009, 08:09

Jesson says:

Power on, D. You're a tough woman- must be if you're eating hospital food and telling the tale. Maybe there's some thing special about the cauliflower in the UK, but here in Aus, too much of that stuff can make you very unsociable (fart your way into another universe) but maybe that's the plan.... makes you want to leave hospital faster and go home to kinder food.

Sending good thoughts, D....

10th May 2009, 10:51

Spiderbaby says:

As I recall adding a doily was usually the difference between a "B" and a "B+" grade in home economics, but I guess it depends on the starting grade as to whether it actually makes the food edible... Hope you will be out again soon, back to the land of proper food (by which I mean cake, of course) :)

Come on drains 2 and 3, number 1 is there already.

10th May 2009, 16:35

Sprocket says:

very disappointed - I thought that was crumble and custard from the thumbnail

10th May 2009, 17:40

I'd be extremely malnourished by now; I can't even smell cauliflower without barfing.

10th May 2009, 17:44

harimanjaro - I'm getting quite an audience with the blood pressure and heart rate experiments, which I don't think have been done before (or at least it they have been not as blatantly as I'm doing them).. Just wondering, since I'm unlikely to be a swaami, if there are any practical uses that I can put what I learn in the experiments to!

paintist - gazpacho soup today. Yum :D

Spiderbaby - the land of proper food would be good, the land of being treated like a thinking human would be a better first step. Direct quote "you don't need to ask us questions, let us concentrate on the worrying and you concentrate on getting well" NOT the kind of bedside manner I want to hear

AmericanFriend - good idea. You lot, if you feel like it, try to concentrate on me losing /oozing less. That is what goes into the drains and if we're working on the power of positive thought best attack the source rather than the effect..

Sprocket - you know I don't like custard and think crumble is too unhealthy

parabolichobo - I can't face it any more either

10th May 2009, 18:03

yourhermione says:

what a bummer. The food at my hospital is actually really, really good. I don't think it would mail well or I would send you some.

I can't believe they said not to ask questions. I need you here where I can take care of you and where I know the docs.

10th May 2009, 18:32

hospital doctors are up there with politicians in fudging the issue!

10th May 2009, 22:08

Jesson says:

I didn't think they let people play Doctor any more with that sort of attitude. Sorry to hear they haven't worked out they're dealing with an intelligent woman not a victim! Time to splash a bit of those 'pretty pink brains' at them, D????

11th May 2009, 02:09

YourHermione - I know, Think it's apalling
parabolichobo - sounds like the voice of experience
Jesson - I've twice had the response from seniors 'well you do know we have problems recruiting good qualified doctors'... I'm learning to hide my frustration (which seems to scare the doctors into paroxysms of self defence rather than make them think they should maybe be a little more open)

11th May 2009, 07:45

asking them direct questions like "have you got a clue what you're doing" tends to make them curl up like hedgehogs.

11th May 2009, 08:52

taniwha says:

Hope things are on the up. I remember that hospital was a really lonely place. very hard to get any human contact which is strange in a place full of people.

11th May 2009, 09:09

parabolichobo - even implying that accidentally does the same thing

taniwha - actually most of the people here are really, really nice. If I want a friendly chat (especially about clothes, shoes or whatever is in Hello Magazine) I'm spoiled for choice. However I'm pretty sure that in the rest of the world 'nice', 'competent', 'knowledgeable' and 'efficient' are not mutually exclusive

11th May 2009, 09:37

Viv says:

keep looking for the good points :)

11th May 2009, 09:59

I once made the mistake of insisting on having my canulla relocated during the night as it was hurting my hand. The doctor who came to do it had obviously been woken after 5 minutes of sleep and made a right mess of my hand - quite deliberately, then went away swearing to himself.

11th May 2009, 09:59

jesson says:

No matter where you go its the same I'm afraid- Aus can't get enough doctors either and those we get from some places are ones you want to keep a VERY close eye on. Having said that my Dr is from Europe and is wonderful.

As for the scintillating conversation... don't you feel a new article formulating?

11th May 2009, 12:31

FilbertFox says:

I have had many hospital stays in my time. It is amazing how after a couple of weeks you look forward to the food, because it breaks up the day into bite size chunks (see what I did there?). And all this was before the intertubes so boredum was inevitable.

Glad your oozing is on the decrease my lovely

11th May 2009, 14:19


I'm not even going to consider the possibility of being here more than a couple more days

*stamps metaphorical foot

11th May 2009, 14:27