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Hospital cafeteria breakfast, originally uploaded by Coyoty.

Scrambled eggs, "breakfast potatoes", bacon, and Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice coffee. From St. Francis Hospital's Gengras Cafeteria in Hartford, CT.

This was true institutional food service food. The eggs were homogenized, premixed, dense, and like Styrofoam. (The pebbly kind.) The "breakfast potatoes" were lukewarm and sweaty. The bacon was like jerky. It all was sitting under lamps for an indefinite time. Only the coffee was any good. I think this may be the hospital's incentive to stay healthy and out of the hospital.

I offer this as an example to those who snidely assume my college's cafe must be a food service cafeteria instead of the real-food kitchen that it is. The Corner Cafe is nothing like this, thank goodness.

I was in the hospital for blood work, and was reminded why I avoid giving blood.  I have no problem with needles, but my trickster veins do, and they seem to actively run and hide from them.  The technician has to struggle to find a vein, and when he does, it doesn't always cooperate.  After several attempts on my right arm today, the tech gave up and tried my left arm, which wasn't much better, but he finally managed to squeeze some blood out of me.  I guess I won't have to worry about vampires this month.


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Oct. 11th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
They often have to get a pediatric nurse to give my wife a puncture, her veins are so small and floppy that it takes a different kind of technique.

Hospital food is guaranteed healthy. Delicious is not part of the guarantee. I have been known to smuggle in an occasional McDouble to a friend in need.
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