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Serious signs (Late April 7th FFF)

I was invited (well, not personally, but still) to Fandango’s Friday Flashback!

Fandango scrolls back, every Friday, and gives a second chance to a post he had published on the same date, years before. I thought it was a great way to remember some of the stuff I did a while back, and I decided to participate…

So here it is!

Written on April 7th of 2019, here is a little piece of humor that I wrote while Dad was hospitalized, four years ago. The proof that even in the worst times, it is possible to have a good laugh.  While scrolling through all my April 7th posts, it seemed like that is a date when my funny muze is particularly active. And since we all benefit from a good giggle, I decided to cheat, and to share two more April 7th posts from 2016… Atoms and bikinis and The show must go on . I just wish to put a smile on your Lovely face!

I hope you’ll enjoy it /them(again), and I wish you’re safe and well, wherever you are…



Having spent most of the last three weeks in hospitals, I had plenty of time to take pictures of what could seem like serious signs… But sometimes, details about them just make you smile (well, they made me!) when you pay closer attention.

Here are 3 examples of these, with my personal thoughts about them.




Liquid food

  1. Cup of coffee, tea or hot water – 175 ml
  2. Half cup of coffee – 100 ml (Since when does half of 175 equal 100 ml?? Am I the only one worried by the lack of mathematic skills, here? We are in a hospital after all!)
  3. Small carton of 2% skimmed milk – 150-200 ml (Not very precise, if you ask me)
  4. Fruit juice – 114 ml (Oops, looks like someone is listening… Suddenly, this is too precise!)
  5. Milkette – 15 ml
  6. Broth, pasta soup – 180 ml (In my book, pasta doesn’t qualify as “liquid”, but then again, I don’t work in a hospital either!)
  7. Thick soup – 90 ml
  8. Cream soup – 125 ml
  9. Half soup/ half oatmeal – 90 ml (What? Oh yuck! Why would you want to mix that together anyway? Because people can’t cook doesn’t mean you can feed them just about anything you can think of!!)
  10. Oatmeal – 180 ml (Now, you’re talking!)
  11. Ice milk, sorbet – 100 ml
  12. Jello – 125 ml
  13. Food supplement – 125 ml
  14. Bottled food supplement – 237 ml (how is the 125 ml food supplement of #13 served?? Do they pour it straight in the patient’s cupped hands?)
  15. Tomato, or vegetable juice – 120 ml
  16. Glass of ice – 120 ml (Again, I don’t want to fuss around, but isn’t ice solid?)
  17. Glass of water – 180 ml (or soft ice, if you want to be fancy!)
  18. Apple juice and smooth water – 125 ml (What the heck is smooth water?? And why are you offering people plain water when they could get “smooth” water?? Oh, and since when are apple not fruits anymore?)


******* Don’t consider sauce anymore ******* (Why? What happened to “sauce” as we’ve known it?? Is it going to be considered “solid” now? Or worse, is it not considered “food” anymore?? What happened to “sauce”?????)




This is pretty standard. What made me smile was the little notice written in small fonts, below the triangle. It says “Original idea of Jacques Gagnon who retired from the hygiene and salubrity department.”  Way to go, Jacques!!




Ohhh, that’s one I like a lot! It is deliciously absurd, and it has been held in every room and corridor in the hospital where Dad is staying at the moment. Let me translate:

Effort perception scale

0 = Nothing at all

0.5 = Very very easy

1 = Very easy

2 = Easy

3 = Average

4 = A little difficult

5 = Difficult

6 = More difficult

7 = Very difficult

8 = ?????

9 = Very very difficult

10 = Maximum


I love the use of the “0.5” and then the fact that there’s no #8. Who made this scale? I’d bet children were involved. I hope they were…

Plus, you can’t see it on this precise sign, but there are clear indications everywhere (usually right next to these signs) saying that patients should NEVER exercise beyond the point of #2 level of effort. N-E-V-E-R! Never. No higher than #2. Ne-he-vah! Never!

So why make a scale that goes all the way to 10? To scare people with the high risks of exhaustion??




Via Kate’s Friday Foto Fun Challenge: Serious signs

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