Sometimes, patient’s don’t understand what isn’t allowed in the hospital.
Back in med school, I was on the medicine inpatient wards. In medicine, you always have some patients who have been in the hospital for a while. And those patients sometimes are allowed to have a bit more freedoms just because they’re essentially living in the hospital.
My particular patient had been in the hospital for quite a few weeks. He was an overall fairly healthy guy, except for what was keeping him in the hospital. He also loved his sports. And something else with those sports.
I was on call one day, and had to walk into his room later on to see how he was doing now that we had changed around some of his medications.
And there, neatly lined up in the window, was a row of 4 bottles. With beer labels.
Me: Excuse me, sir, but are those yours?
Patient: Yup, the wife took pity on me and brought us something to drink during the baseball game.
Me: Sir, you realize you can’t drink in the hospital, right?
Patient: Good thing I had the wife hide the other two!
And no, alcohol is not one of the freedoms he was allowed.
Hospital Appropriate Spiced Wine Jelly
since alcohol is allowed in hospitals in jelly form
- 1 bottle red wine
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 5 whole cloves
- 3 1/4 c whit e sugar
- 1 packet liquid pectin
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- Bring a water bath canner with lids and jars (this makes about 3.5 C jelly, so plan accordingly) to a boil.
- In a small saucepan, measure out 1 1/4 c wine and pour in. Add cinnamon stick, cloves, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil and cook for approximately 15-25 minutes, or until reduced to 1/3 c liquid. Remove from heat.
- In a separate, larger pot, pour in the rest of the wine and add in the sugar. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, stirring often.
- When larger pot has come to a boil, add pectin and lemon juice. Bring back to a hard boil (once you cannot stir down) and cook for 1 minute.
- Strain in reduced wine in order to remove the spices.
- Ladle jelly into jars leaving 1/4 in at the top for room. Wipe rims clean, then place on lids with rings. Process for 5 minutes (adjust for altitude- please comment for times).
- Remove jars from water bath and let set (don’t touch them!) for 12-24 hours. Store for up to one year (one month in the fridge).