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Regarding giving the guy with the nausea, vomiting and diarrhea something other than gatoraid and time off.
Nurse, "Actually, the doctor usually orders a full liquid diet for a few days. Do you think that might be helpful? Most people with all of the symptoms you mention are grateful for that."
One of our docs at a former facility used to do this, and inmates who were hoping to finagle a really complicated diet order got really aggravated at him. He would tell them, "If you really can't keep anything down, maybe we ought not to give you anything solid for a while until we figure out what is wrong."
Another thing that can be very revealing is to get a printout of commissary orders placed by inmates who claim to be having problems with culinary food, or who come in requesting special diets. Some of them request things so complicated that culinary would have a difficult time feeding them if we wrote an order. Another popular sport is claiming an allergy to foods that they simply don't like. We settled on allergy testing. If the allergy shows up on the tests, we record it in the inmate's medical file. If not, the inmate is charged for the test. A lot of "allergies" magically vanished when we started billing for negative allergy tests.
We had a diabetic inmate who was baffling the doctor because of his inability to control his blood glucose level. One morning I happened to be doing unit rounds just as the unit officers were searching this inmate's cell. Literally stacks of packages of cookies and candy bars. I later told the doctor, "I can tell you exactly why you can't control inmate X's glucose levels, and it has nothing to do with your orders." Another inmate who came in demanding a low sodium diet for his blood pressure was ordering large quantities of chips, crackers, beef jerky, soup, ramen noodles, anything with a high sodium content.