In May I was hospitalized for ten days with sepsis. I was so sick that I didn't have much of an appetite, but my doctor, the dietician and the nurses kept telling me to eat because my albumin was too low. Anyway, I don't know what they expected. I keep kosher, so the kitchen kept sending me nearly inedible microwaved-to-death frozen meals that had more salt and fat in each one than a day's worth of food from a McD's. I kept begging for fresh cut up fruit and veges to no avail. The best meal of the day was always breakfast - cheerios, a banana I would try to cut with my flimsy plastic knife, and juice. Thank G-d for my family and friends who showered me with real food, otherwise, during those times when I did feel like eating, I would've been stuck with the yucky nausea inducing meals.
The most amazing thing to me is that I was hospitalized in Skokie, Illinois, which has an enormous population of observant Jews and the kosher restaurants, caterers, markets and even a kosher nursing home to feed them. This hospital serves many members of the kosher-keeping community and has for years, but they couldn't figure out how to arrange for fresh meals for Jewish patients? Ugh, infuriating!
Truly, the best hospital breakfast I had was after 60 hours of labor, my baby was delivered and was being cared for by the nurses, and I had real food for the first time in about 48 hours. Again, it was a kosher meal, but this hospital managed to arrange for a hardboiled egg, soft white bread, butter and cereal with milk. My husband made me a sandwich out of the bread, butter and egg, and it was the most delicious meal (and the most triumphant!) I've ever eaten.