What kind of food do you bring to a sick loved one in the hospital?

sick person - sick person in the hospital
@secretbear (19463)
Philippines
November 9, 2007 11:15pm CST
my almost 3-yr old nephew is in the hospital again. he had a fever again yesterday (his last fever was last month and he was also taken to the hospital then and the doctor said that we should take him to the hospital again in case he get sick again) and so my mother decided to take him to the hospital and now he is under observation again. before, the doctor said the symptoms could be dengue or typhoid so my nephew stayed for at least a week then before the doctor condluded that it was a simple fever. and yet, the fever is back again. it's really making me sad because just last week, we were having fun and i even took a video of him while he was trying to get my pda above the tv. and then we also went to a fastfood chain and boy was he a pain in the butt! LOL he's such an active kid and anyone will have difficulty taking care of him. ^__^;; i'm about to go to the hospital to visit him later this afternoon and i am going to bring his favorite food again which hamburger with french fries. ^__^ how about you, what kind of food do you bring to a sick person in the hospital??
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@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
10 Nov 07
Hello secretbear, You could always take him some kind of fruit juices,instead of food,if you dont know what to take him. Kids love juice. Hope he gets to feeling better and they can find out what is wrong. You and yours will be in my prayers.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
26 Dec 07
hi toni! ^__^ thanks for your prayers. he is definitely feeling better now and he got extra hyperactive! its like he can never get sick again. ^__^;;
• United States
11 Nov 07
It all depends if they can have outside food or not and if they are able to taste. When I have a cold , I loose my ability to taste and smell. So if they are like that, they wouldn't be able to really enjoy their food. But if they can taste and it is okay for them to have outside food, I would bring in their favorites.I hope your nephew will be okay.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
27 Dec 07
thanks sara. he did have his sense of taste. he didn't share the burgers and fries to others. and he threw tantrums when someone pick a piece from the fries. ^__^;;
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• United States
28 Dec 07
A good appetite is a great sign.
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• Philippines
5 Jan 08
Well I always bring fruits to a sick person who's in the hospital with some favorite food of that person :)
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
26 Apr 08
thanks for the response glitzypurple.
@academic2 (7009)
• Uganda
5 Jan 08
A bottle of lucozade and othr energy drinks proved very hlpful when i was hospitalized years gone by-to this day i consider Lucozade the best hospital beaverage
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
26 Apr 08
i don't know what Lucozade is but it must be perfect for you. however, i do not think that would be good for kids like my nephew. i have never tried drinking an energy drink before either. i wonder if its really effective? i'm going to play volleyball for the following weeks and i just need something to boost my energy.
@MagieL (266)
• China
5 Jan 08
i think i will take some congee and some tasty soup.^^
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
26 Apr 08
thanks for the response magiel. normally, people would bring that kind of food for the sick person especially if the sick person can't easily digest solid foods.
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
27 Dec 07
sign - Hospital sign :)
I would be the same as you, I would bring the person whatever their favorite food is. And i Would bring them a nice card too. or a poster, saying GET BETTER SOON!! It's good that you are going to visit him, people who are surrounded by the people they love, and care about, get better faster then people who are left alone and dont have friends and family to come visit them. It's a fact! I hope they find out there is nothing wrong with him. I hope it was just a fever that came back :) Hope he gets to come home soon, Hospitals suck especially for kids to have to spend time there.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
26 Apr 08
hi sissygirl! thank you very much for the very nice response! i also think that if the sick person is surrounded by people who love him, it would be easy for him to get better. its not just the physical health that needs attention, but also the emotional aspect and mental health. right? my nephew is still as active as before, i think more hyperactive than before, he still get sick once in a while but not that bad to bring him to the hospital. i also think its not enjoyable for kids to stay too long in a hospital. its so boring there!
@muralimn (535)
• United Arab Emirates
10 Dec 07
I will take a get well soon card and some fruits with me instead of going empty.
@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
13 Mar 08
oh how nice! a get well soon card is indeed a nice gift to a sick patient. thanks for the response muralimn.
• India
10 Dec 07
mostly all are bring to fruits especialy orange & apple , then some vegetable soop is good for health , in fever means bread & milk is better to have or smash rise with water like that food all most doctors also prescribe for fever patiant.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
13 Mar 08
you're right. we should always follow what the doctor prescribes.
@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
10 Dec 07
My best friend was in the hospital last week, and she wanted a chocolate cake! After I confirmed that it was ok for her to have it, I took her one. Any little thing that can make a hospital stay better and won't interfere with the patient's health is good.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
13 Mar 08
chocolate cake! that made me crave for one. and i was craving for a burger a moment ago. now i'm craving for two. i bet your bestfriend has a sweet tooth like me.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
6 Dec 07
When i have someone in the hospital, speically my mum is there at least once in year, because she has a problem with her legs and they are makign her some procedures. she would always ask for apples, because she loved them. So we would always bring her some fruits and alo some cereals bars and some chicken or meat, because she can't stand the hospital food. And I will never forget to bring her some magazines for making her time shorter as it goes in hospital very slowly.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
13 Mar 08
awww.. you are so thoughtful laurika. i bet your mom is so sweet because you love her that much.
@Joneer (23)
• China
11 Nov 07
well , I have similiar things with you.my 2-years old son,like your nephow,he alway run fast(I don't why boy kid most so active?) and thus get much more tumble.last month,he had a fever and be sent to the hospital.very surprising,he is fond of eat beef jerky,so I bought few bags to take to he.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
27 Dec 07
little boys are really more active than girls. I don't know exactly why too but maybe because of their genes. ^__^;;
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
11 Nov 07
I usually bring them something they asked for....or a ice cream shake. Seems like that makes everyone feel better.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
27 Dec 07
LOL an ice cream shake! it'll be nice to bring something like that. but my nephew easily gets sick when he eats something cold. ^__^;;
• India
10 Nov 07
Well, when i give a visit to a hospital to see my loved ones there, I always prefer to take fruits like apple and bananas. I think they suits best because they are very healthy and and helps in recovery of the sick ones............. They are very good in taste so everyone loves to eat them and also doctors dont have any problem from these type of food!
@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
26 Dec 07
i agree. doctors would approve of bringing fruits since its healthy for the body. ^__^
@pooh08 (671)
• Vietnam
23 Apr 08
When ill, the sick person only want to eat the things are soft like soup. When that person feel better, you should take the things make he feel stronger. I have this experiment. Because, I took it to my mother when she was ill.
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@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
6 Jan 08
First can I say that I hope your nephew makes a speedy and complete recovery. Its strange that dengue fever and malaria are the suspects for this fever - you must live in a mosquito area. Try citronella oil burning to prevent mosquitoes attacking. Also, (this is my personal opinion) try not bringing himto fast food joints because the food they serve there is often poor quality which could lead to him getting some food poisoning which of course could lead to fever. Which brings me to the next thing, you asked what food is good for convalesing peole - fruit and whole foods. That is what I would bring. Good luck!
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@MisterPlus (1917)
• Philippines
5 Jan 08
I will also bring his favorite food to eat as long as it is not listed in his not to eat food. 3-yr old kids are picky in food. I use to take care of my only nephew and he is very picky in his food and he only eat his own choice of food. I pray that your nephew get well soon. When my nephew was about your nephew's age he gets fever too. fever is usually associated with growing kids. But fever should not be neglected.
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@shinjiao (1464)
• China
5 Jan 08
Hi,secretbear! I remembered when my friend lived in hospital,my mother always asked me to bring homemade soup for the poor girl.This soup has chickens,fresh vegetables and my mom-made sauce.But I think this soup is proper for girls because for boys,just soup cannot make them feel full.^_^
@kun2349 (23464)
• Singapore
10 Nov 07
oh my.. so sadz to hear that ur nephew is hospitalised again with the same fever :( But i gas he himself is also feeling quite sadz by that.. If i were him, i will wish to have my favorite food too.. hehe :) Because the hospital foos really sucks and not appealing to the kids too :)
@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
10 Dec 07
hi kun. I don't think he felt sad. I think he just felt weak. there's no reason for him to be sad because a lot of people were always with him when he was in the hospital. ^__^ he was always with someone, to keep him company. but he felt bad when he couldn't play because he was put on dextrose. but still, he wasn't sad. he was still able to play with his brick game with his one hand. ^__^;;
@kun2349 (23464)
• Singapore
10 Dec 07
that's very strong of him and i can say he's strong willed and independant too ^_^ hehe
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
26 Dec 07
oh he is. stubborn and hardheaded too. just like his aunt. LOL
@sang2k2 (1834)
• India
10 Nov 07
hi secret bear, Feeling sad to hear about yor nephew, well its pretty difficult to handle kids expecially when they not keeping well.you can carry coconut water,apples,oranges,sweet limes, papayas as these are the fruits which generally doctors ask to give to the patient may be he may exclude oranges but depending upon the type of sickness.you can also consult the doctore about the fruit to be had by the patient. If you have been asked to get some home made food then plese take steamed rice and boiled dal or tea and biscuits or bread.
@laydee (12811)
• Philippines
25 Nov 07
Yeah, same here, we usually bring fruits. But I don't really bring anything hehehe.. I just visit there, to see if he/she is feeling better. When the patient is feeling better then I ask him/her what she wants. =)
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@sang2k2 (1834)
• India
2 Dec 07
thanks secret bear for marking my response as the best one :) and thanks to cancer and laydee.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
10 Dec 07
why would the doctors exclude oranges sang2k2? and you're welcome. I had to give you that because you're the first to express concern over my nephew. ^__^ thanks. he's an active kid so he gets sick once in a while. but he's good as a horse now. LOL
@ailema4ever (2675)
• Finland
14 Nov 07
Usually people in Indo bring fruit when visiting sick people (mostly oranges and apples). However, if the sick person is somebody close, then they can bring something else depending on the illness. For example, they say that pink guava is good for a certain type of illness. I also often see people bringing some porridge for their sick relatives or loved ones to eat.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
5 Jan 08
hi ailema! ^__^ thanks for that. my nephew is in the hospital again and this time, i brought him apples and oranges. he's feeling a lot better now. i'm hoping he would be released tomorrow.
• Finland
7 Jan 08
Oh dear...your nephew's in the hospital again? Glad to hear he's feeling better, though. It's sad to see our relative in a hospital.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
11 Jan 08
he was released last Sunday and he never stayed there for long, thank goodness for that. he is such a hyperactive kid that he gets sick because of it. ^__^;;