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Many of you know my story: 33 wk w/ triplets, presently hospitalized due to concern for uterine rupture. I am hospitalized for no other reason; I'm healthy, blood pressure is fine, cervix is fine, no contractions, etc. I came in 12 days ago, in the first 4 days I lost 2lbs; I met w/ their nutritionist who put me on in-between meal snacks and gave me a host of meal substitutions. Now, 8 days later, I have lost another 4lbs, that's 6lbs total in 12 days.<br><br>
I have worked really, really hard to put on the almost 50lbs for these triplets. Went from 17 years of vegetarian lifestyle to eating farm raised meat; full fat yogurt; you name it, I did it.<br><br>
I'm struggling to find food to eat in this joint. The food that is brought up to the room is horrible; seriously I mean it. The meat is gross. The side vegetables are gray and overcooked. The salad is iceberg lettuce w/ nothing on it. I am eating pasta and instant mashed potatoes; even their ice cream has more high fructose corn syrup than anything else -- only 2 g of protein.<br><br>
I do go down to the visitors cafeteria -- which has great food. Really. But a nice big salad w/ all the trimmings can cost me $19; A slice of real good pizza is like $5.<br><br>
Family and friends are bringing me in food, but mostly sweets. I have more containers of choc-chip cookies than you can imagine. DH has brought me almonds, granola bars, bread w/ peanut butter, and yogurt pretzels. I don't know what else to do. At home, DH (who works from home) had a second job of feeding me. If I went to bed and discovered I was hungry, I would just ask him to make me something and he would bring it to me. Now, in the hospital, if I get into bed and I discover I'm hungry, the options are to go to sleep or to get up and do something about it. Often I just go to sleep b/c the options aren't that appealing and also, I'm so tired, I can't imagine getting out of bed.. . . .<br><br>
I'm worried I'm doing a disservice to these babes. I just can't seem to manage feeding myself right now. I want someone else to feed me and me just take on the job of eating. . . . sorry, feeling pretty down right now. I know how much weight matters, especially in high order multiples and I really don't want my babes to be w/o.
 

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Have they suggested any kind of smoothy or boost type drink? Could the nutritionist have the dietary staff make you something specific? You can't be the only one in the joint who needs high protein!<br><br>
Good Luck.
 

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Farmer, that's got to be rough to see your weight dropping after working so hard to get it up. I feel the same way about just wanting someone else to feed me. You make it, I'll eat it.<br><br>
Do you belong to a club or church that might be able to pitch in? Or, what about your local MoMs group? It sounds like you have a lot of well-meaning people who are trying to keep you happy during your hospital stay. Perhaps a friend could organize them into a meal angel team where everyone takes turns bringing you appetizing dinners. Or, another thought, if there's one of those make-a-meal kitchens in your area, all of your friends and family could take an afternoon to make and freeze good meals. Then your husband could bring a few to the hospital for you every other day. Good luck! It sounds like you're doing great growing those babies!
 

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Can you get a mini fridge in your room??<br><br>
If you can, have your hubby stock it full of snacks/ food that you like to eat.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Since it is DH's job to feed you tell him to go through the roster of everyone you know and ask each person to bring you a meal at a specific day/time schedule (as convienent for them as well) so that you don't wind up with 2 dinners and no lunch!<br><br>
What about delivery? I don't know where you are located but could a courier service or restaurant deliver to you? I wonder if you call your favorite restaurant and explain the situation if they would deliver to you, even if they don't normally? Oh, or, what about hiring a teenager to bring you meals before and after school? This could even be stuff you DH prepares for you...<br><br>
A cooler with ice and tubs of yogurt, prepacked cheese slices, cooked pieces of chicken breast, sauteed cold veggies, raw veggies with dip, bags of prepared lettuce with other yummy salad toppings and dressing. Again, your Dh could assemble this and bring in new ice and restock the food. Paper plates, bowls, and silverware while maybe not enviro friendly would be convienent. This would also be good practice for when you are tending for newborns and need to have healthy snacks on hand, right beside you.<br><br>
Hang in there! You are doing so well! Keep up the goodwork loving and tending to those babies!<br><br>
Jenne
 

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When I was on hospital bedrest, DH made sure my bedside table was full of protein bars and shakes and he brought me apples and bananas fresh at each visit, and a foot-long Subway sandwich every chance he got. (The shakes didn't taste great warm, but it was better than waiting for the nurse to get me stuff from the fridge on the floor since I wasn't supposed to get out of bed.)<br><br>
I ordered double of everything I could stomach from the hospital menu - especially things that would keep without refrigeration so I could stash them to have as an extra snack.<br><br>
I know 2 weeks feels like a long time to be eating hospital food - and it sounds like pretty bad hospital food at that - but you will be through this soon. If you can stomach the sweets, I would eat them and not worry about the poor quality of the calories.<br><br>
Also, if you know people are coming in to visit, ask them to bring in something that sounds appealing. I would be specific in asking for things.<br><br>
HTH
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Since it is DH's job to feed you tell him to go through the roster of everyone you know and ask each person to bring you a meal at a specific day/time schedule (as convienent for them as well) so that you don't wind up with 2 dinners and no lunch!<br><br>
What about delivery? I don't know where you are located but could a courier service or restaurant deliver to you? I wonder if you call your favorite restaurant and explain the situation if they would deliver to you, even if they don't normally? Oh, or, what about hiring a teenager to bring you meals before and after school? This could even be stuff you DH prepares for you...<br><br>
A cooler with ice and tubs of yogurt, prepacked cheese slices, cooked pieces of chicken breast, sauteed cold veggies, raw veggies with dip, bags of prepared lettuce with other yummy salad toppings and dressing. Again, your Dh could assemble this and bring in new ice and restock the food. Paper plates, bowls, and silverware while maybe not enviro friendly would be convienent. This would also be good practice for when you are tending for newborns and need to have healthy snacks on hand, right beside you.<br><br>
Hang in there! You are doing so well! Keep up the goodwork loving and tending to those babies!<br><br>
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Yes, that's what I would do, too. I only had twins so I can only imagine what it's like with triplets, but I remember at the end being hungry all the time, but only being able to eat a few bites because my stomach was so compressed. Maybe it would be helpful to think like a backpacker and have your DH pack lots of very nutrient dense foods foods for you, nuts, seeds, etc. I mean it's obvious, but keeping your weight up and your intake of good nutrition is so important -- if I had to, I'd pay $20 for a salad.<br><br>
MoMs clubs aren't good for AP advice or support, but they're great for rallying around MoMs in need. I'd also contact yours and let them know what you need.
 

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A PP mentioned a cooler, that sounds like a GREAT idea. I travelled with my kids for 5 days (food allergies) and things will stay good, if they're packed well, for a long time. I mean real food, like a stew packed in a mason jar, just dish out however much you want and impose on a nurse to use a local microwave, we ate meatballs cold, stuff like that.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'm just a lurker, and dang you've been working hard to take care of yourself and your little ones, just wanted to pop in and offer encouragement.
 

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Just wanted to show you some support!<br>
The cooler is a great idea, especially if you can get dh dropping off things like cooked chicken, real soup, boiled eggs by the dozen...<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">:
 

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I was thinking COOLER too! Get some of those high protein odwalla smoothies, full fat yogurts, fruit, yummy cheese, some whole grain crackers, some chocolate covered raisins.....wait. I might have gotten off track there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> That must be SO frustrating!
 

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My midwife recently suggested kefir as a good, easy-to-get-down protein source. In case you haven't heard of it (I hadn't), it's cultured milk. The strawberry flavored kefir tastes like drinking yogurt. We've been able to find it at places like Trader Joes and Whole Foods.
 

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Can you get some instant oatmeal to have on hand? Then when you get hungry have someone heat milk or water in a mug for you and you can have your oatmeal. What about instant/ canned soups or chilli? I know it isn't the greatest option for pregnant women but those foil packs of tuna are pretty convenient and can be eaten w/ crackers. what about turkey jerky? dried soybeans? a gift basket of meats and cheeses from hickory farms? they dont have to be refrigerated, i think. clif or luna bars? the builder clif bars are really good and pack a huge amt. of protein. i know these are all snack type things but they can help supplement the crappy meals you are getting.<br><br>
as for the middle of the night food, can you have your night nurse get you tray of food that they make to give to moms who give birth while the cafeteria is closed? when i was in the hospital w/ my twins for 2 weeks, i'd have the nurses get me one of these trays every night before I went to bed. they kept it in their fridge until I was ready for it and it was awesome. it wasnt great food but it was so much better than being hungry. i normally had a turkey sandwich, a roll, fruit cup, yogurt, salad, cake and sometimes they would bring me soup too.<br><br>
i agree w/ finding a place to deliver food to you. call around to restaurants around the hospital. many will probably deliver food there, even if they don't advertise it.<br><br>
hang in there! you are doing a great job!
 

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Thanks everyone for the support. They are having me meet with the hospital nutritionist again. They won't let me have a cooler/mini-fridge in the room as there is a big fridge available for patient food down the hall in the patient kitchen. I think I just need to get my butt out of bed at night more often. Also, I am sort of swallowing the price tags and eating more food down in the visitors' cafeteria (where the food is actually good/healthy). DH is doing a wonderful job of bringing me food when he comes up; I think I just need to be more conscious of what I am doing. If the food delivered to my room sucks, I need to find a way to supplement it, be it warming up food DH has brought or going down to the cafeteria. I really don't want this issue to continue any longer. Thank you all again.
 

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I wish you were closer, I'd just pop in and give you part of whatever it is that I'm eating, I also hate hospital food! But ITA that calling in the troops is the way to go. It's cheaper and likely to get you more quality stuff!<br><br>
Think of everyone that could bring you food and ask them to. They don't have to do much more than make a little extra of whatever they would have been making anyway! I'd totally do that for a PG mama in need.
 

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I think the pps have covered it pretty well, just wanted to offer some hugs. I know I nearly starved to death the 2 days I was in the hospital after my c-sec with the twins. BLECH!
 

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I have no experience or advice to offer, but I just couldn't read and not respond to say that you have much to be proud of. Keep up the good work, mama. Hopefully your weight will be back up in no time.
 

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So many good ideas, but just thought I'd add this: When I delivered DD1 in the hospital, she was in the NICU, and they had VOUCHERS for the good cafe for visitors for the mamas to use. Of course, no one had offered me one while I was there until the end of DD1's stay.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> But ASK what they can do for you. I am so happy that you have done so well, and really, the way I thought about the cost of food and alternative treatments when I was preggo w/the twins was "if this isn't a reason to get a bit into debt, what is????" I know all too well the "cost" of an "underdone" baby.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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