Celiac.com 07/11/2019 - If you have ever had to spend time in a hospital, whether it was for an overnight care or an emergency visit, and you have celiac disease, then you know how difficult it can be.
Hospital cafeterias are not equipped to handle cross-contamination on a whim’s notice. A nutritionist or dietitian needs at least a week of advanced notice before you arrive to notify and prepare their chefs and kitchen staff with appropriate directions. That way, you will not have to be fearful of cross-contamination to your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Plus, you can even work with them to be able to bring your own prepared food with you and store it appropriately in their pantry or refrigerator.
Having gluten-free options such as fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, and nuts should be the easiest food items to keep in stock. Hospitals really need to think outside the box of traditional foods such as gluten/wheat, corn, and soy, especially in today’s world.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that needs to be taken care of with special consideration in various venues from your own home, to restaurants, grocery stores, work, college, hospitals, and more. Having gluten-free menus, accommodations at business meetings, being able to have a dorm room to yourself, and more are all just a part of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
So, if you thought that sharing a non-gluten free kitchen with your loved ones was a hard experience, it really is a piece of cake in comparison to a hospital stay.