The Cherub is allergic to wheat, corn, and eggs- not gluten, but wheat. However, the dietary staff won’t let us order oatmeal for her in the morning (she’s allergic to literally *every* other thing on the breakfast menu). I have stood in the room with the nurse while the nurse tries to fix that and tells them over the phone it’s not a gluten issue, it’s wheat, but it never gets changed.
I am the one who told the staff about this allergy in the first place- so it would not be in their computer at all if it weren’t for me. Nobody asked me what tests she has had or how we know about these allergies, they just took my word for it.
So this just kind of cracks me up in an obnoxious sort of way-
Every single time we place the order, the dietary staff has to have our floor nurse ‘over-ride’ the erroneous gluten error tag. They cannot take my word for it that my child can eat oatmeal.
The nurse, of course, is taking our word for it. Who do you think tells the nurse that the Cherub can eat oatmeal? Li’l ol’ me.
So I call the kitchen, state our room number, place the order for oatmeal, hand the nurse the phone, tell her to tell the kitchen staff that the Cherub can have oatmeal, and the nurse dutifully repeats what I told her to say, hands me back the phone and I finish our order (applesauce, juice, hot water, and fruit).