Woman 1 - I didn’t think you needed to eat and drink much in hospital, because you’re not
doing a lot.
Man 1 - But I found out it’s even more important than usual – it’s as important as taking your
Woman 2 - In fact, it can actually help your medicine to work better.
Woman 3 - The doctor told me it would help to speed my recovery and give my body a bit more
Man 2 - And I need to eat and drink well all the time, if I want to stay well as I get older.
Woman4 - Sometimes when you’re in hospital you don’t feel like eating.
Woman 1 - I asked the nurse if my family could bring food from home so I had drinks and
snacks on hand.
Man 1 - I got into a bit of a routine, so that each time I ate or drank I’d get up and go to the
bathroom or stretch my legs around the ward.
Man 3 (Mandarin) - Sometimes I was embarrassed about needing help when I was unsteady on
Woman 2 - I also didn’t want to ask for help sitting up to eat and I had a bit of trouble opening
the packaging on my lunch.
Woman 3 - But I quickly learned that that’s what hospital staff are there for. It’s okay to ask for
Man 2 - Once I started drinking and eating regularly, it made a world of difference.
Woman 1 - I guess the extra energy helped me to heal.
Narrator - Keep up your strength. Get well soon.