Why coffee with every meal? - page 5
by FireStarterRN 3,472 Views | 52 Comments
What is it with the hospital obsession with coffee? My patients seem to get it with every meal. I wonder, at what point in the day do they switch to decaf? Breakfast, lunch, dinner, it's coffee, coffee, coffee, and lousy coffee... Read More
- 0Jan 27, '09 by truernQuote from FireStarterRNSomebody after my own heart!! I :heartbeat latte w/sugar free vanilla or caramel, but I always ask them to make it extra hot. If you don't its lukewarm within minutes.If I'm ever hospitalized I'll be sending down to the hospital espresso bar every morning. 16 oz double latte, extra hot please!
- 1Jan 27, '09 by lpnfloridaOur facility does not automatically send coffee or tea on the meals tray. A patient has to circle it on their menus in order to receive it. We do have a restraurant type coffee maker which dispenses reg, decaf or just plain hot water with reg or decaf tea bags available so push comes to shove unless contraindicated we can given them what they want.
When I worked psych only decaf beverages were available no matter what the patient wanted.
- 0Jan 27, '09 by queenjeanQuote from WhisperaPerhaps my husband has a long lost twin?My husband can't sleep WITHOUT coffee before bed. It makes no sense to me, but that's how it is!
My husband makes some kind of espresso that is thick--it's turkish/eastern style. The kind that is so strong that it actually leaves a layer of sludge in the bottom of the cup, and you have to sip it. If you drink too fast, you get the sludge. He makes one before bed (in addition to the 2-3 that he drinks during the day). He claims to sleep better after having it. He rides his bike a 16 mile commute every day, and runs several times a week. Each time, before exercising, he has a cup of coffee.
Here's the deal; he's got quite a severe case of asthma. While he is well controlled with medication (thank ye gods for advair!), I think he still probably gets a little kick from the coffee. He really feels that he can breathe better after a cup.
He is also an OCD type of person. I wonder if there is some connection there. You know how we treat add with amphetamines sometimes? You know how with certain ADD kids, you give them a cola and they actually calm down? I have a (totally unproven) theory that my OCD husband is able to be calmer and focus on one thing better when he has coffee running in his veins. Without it, he can't do his grading because the kitchen needs cleaned, and then he has to do a load of laundry, and then he has to sweep the floor....with the coffee, he seems better able to let those household tasks go, and focus on what he WANTS to do.
- 0Jan 27, '09 by MatRNstudentMmmm, coffee:rollI love coffee, but it is addictive so I only have a few cups a day at most. I prefer dunkin donuts blueberry coffee with cream and splenda, but I will drink it black if I have to. It really helps me get through the day, but more than 2 cups makes me irritable and unable to sleep come bedtime.
If I was being cared for and didn't have to get up early for school/work I would definitely drink coffee at every meal