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Sunday January 06th 2013, 10:38 pm
Filed under: Family,Food,Friends

Sam’s roommate surprised her with the scarf she’d made while waiting with her at the hospital. She’s just the best.

Sam ended up in the ICU last night.

And Sam was at long last discharged from the hospital tonight after she was able to keep the beginnings of food down and her platelets had gone slightly up–with a long way to go, but it’s a start.

Y’know, it works a whole lot better when the hospital isn’t serving you broth with gluten in it and then wondering why the patient who can’t eat wheat is suddenly a lot worse.

A huge thank you to everybody for your much-needed prayers and good thoughts her way. (Long, long exhale.) Phew.

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Whew, I’m glad she is better!

(I’ve been allergic to shellfish for 26 years. Just THIS year did a medical person inform me that meant I probably had issues with iodine too and that was why my arm swelled up when they cleaned it up to take blood! Thank goodness I haven’t had to take any iodine tests in that time!)

Comment by Afton 01.07.13 @ 7:26 am

They did WHAT!!!!! oh my — someone tell me again just what good it is to have all those name bracelets and chart notes if they don’t get as far as the meal prep station!!!

Comment by bev 01.07.13 @ 9:04 am

Thank Heaven! May she stay well!

Comment by Don Meyer 01.07.13 @ 10:01 am

I’ve never understood why hospitals ask you to list your allergies–then ignore them.

Comment by Abby McKean 01.07.13 @ 10:04 am

I’ve been wondering why I see so many gluten-free labels on things I buy recently. The chicken broth says gluten free. I couldn’t understand why chicken broth might ever have gluten in it. So I looked it up today on and found that that “gluten is used as a stablizer, an emulsifier, a thickener and flow agent in …hundreds of processed foods.” I’m getting the idea that living without gluten could be quite difficult. I’m so sorry the hospital personnel didn’t have the info they needed.

I’m trying to become accustomed to feeding a little dog with pancreatitis and finding that quite a challenge. I’ve been thinking a good deal recently about what’s in the foods we eat, canines and humans.

Comment by RobinM 01.07.13 @ 10:16 am

When Oscar was in, the note specifying an allergy to dairy, specifically casein was held down by a carton of milk.. right next to the plate of macaroni and cheese.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 01.07.13 @ 3:09 pm

I once had a dr. who told me the last place you want to be when you’re sick is in the hospital. This must be one of the many reasons he had in mind. Prayers that Sam feels better now.

Comment by Jody 01.07.13 @ 4:21 pm

Glad to know she is better, and crossing my fingers for continued improving health.

Make sure she watches for the bills and contests the ones for her extended stay; she shouldn’t have to pay if it was their fault she was there longer.

Comment by Kathy in San Jose 01.08.13 @ 8:10 am

That goes nicely with our diabetic (on dialysis) friend who was also in ICU, moved to a “step-down” unit and got sweet tea, regular jello, etc. for lunch. Ummm… ???

Comment by Channon 01.08.13 @ 9:34 am

Again, what a wonderful roommate!

Comment by twinsetellen 01.08.13 @ 4:48 pm

They need some training in food allergies, obviously. Maria is a good friend. I’m glad she lives closer to JHU than I do.

Comment by Karen Lewis 01.13.13 @ 8:07 am

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