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Old 11-27-2014, 08:46 PM   #31
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At your Mum's age, Creative, she should be eating dessert first, before she's not hungry anymore.
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Old 11-28-2014, 04:39 AM   #32
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At your Mum's age, Creative, she should be eating dessert first, before she's not hungry anymore.
Not sure I understand why....the meal has more nutrients in it.
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Old 11-28-2014, 06:28 AM   #33
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I think PF was being humorous. Here, the dessert is usually the most anticipated part of the meal.
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:01 AM   #34
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I think PF was being humorous. Here, the dessert is usually the most anticipated part of the meal.
Ah I see....the dessert is what she is most likely to finish. She never used to be a dessert type person - odd.
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:25 AM   #35
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She will eat more of what she likes and can taste, sweet sensation is the last to go. At some point quantity of food is more important than quality. Would you rather see her eat an entire dessert (and maybe a second) than two spoons of the entree then stop?
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Old 11-28-2014, 09:38 AM   #36
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She will eat more of what she likes and can taste, sweet sensation is the last to go. At some point quantity of food is more important than quality. Would you rather see her eat an entire dessert (and maybe a second) than two spoons of the entree then stop?
I see your point. Practically, in a hospital, that would not work since the dessert does not arrive until a while after the meal. So, if I did it as you suggest, the meal would be cold and even less appetising.
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Old 11-28-2014, 10:20 AM   #37
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That's too bad, it should all show up at the same time so she can pick and choose what she wishes to eat right now. It's quite tricky sometimes getting the elderly to eat.
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Creative, can you bring her food from home or takeaway? When I was in the hospital last winter with problems eating, my friends and DH brought me food from restaurants that was much more appealing than hospital food.

Once, I was hospitalized for weeks and I kept a small cooler in the room with things I could eat because I wasn't always hungry on the hospital's schedule. The nurses could warm up a plate in a microwave in their lounge.

Or you could bring her yogurt or (American-style) pudding cups or cake - things that keep at room temperature. As PF said, sometimes it's more important to eat anything rather than nothing.
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GG - they provide yogurt. I don't have a car and the hospital is not near a high street (for takeaways). The food is adequate i.e. she just has no appetite....partly because she is not always painfree.

I got her some aniseed twists which she likes to suck but a fresh bag went missing! (Searched everywhere)...also a lovely shawl I got her that I forgot to get listed on her clothing items. It comes to something don't you think - stealing from the defenseless, ill elderly patients? !
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...It comes to something don't you think - stealing from the defenseless, ill elderly patients? !
Unfortunately, I don't think it's an uncommon occurrence. When my father was in his final years, my wife took all of his medals from the second world war, and had them mounted in a nice wooden box. We took it up to him at the nursing home. Dad absolutely loved it. He kept the box in a dresser drawer.

One day we came for a visit, and dad was very upset to report that his little box of medals had gone missing, along with one of his favorite sweaters. Sure enough, they were missing.

Who would steal war medals from an elderly man? They were some his few remaining possessions and would have no meaning to anyone else. It still makes me angry to think about it.
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