I was shocked when the nurse on the phone told me to take our (then 27 day-old) daughter to the emergency room. I thought about going to the closest hospital but then remembered that everyone I knew who had been treated there actually never made it out of that hospital alive. So, we opted for a hospital downtown with a better survival record. Once there, we only waited a total of 30 seconds before she was treated. My husband hadn’t even finished…wait, make that started…parking the van!
Our baby daughter got the works during her emergency room visit, complete with a chest x-ray, flu test and spinal tap. Really, the only reason I had called the doctor’s office in the first place was to find out how much fever reducer medication an infant needed and the poor baby ended up with a spinal tap. It turned out she was admitted to the hospital with a possible kidney infection and she had a positive flu result.
And that is when the fun began.
She was the hospital’s very first suspected case of H1N1, and she helped them get a little more prepared for flu season. It seems that a positive flu test this hospital automatically calls for the Royal H1N1 Treatment, also known as the Princess Package.
The Princess Package rivals the quality of medical care and treatment usually reserved for only the President. With this special package, you get the deluxe room complete with its own ventilated air (because princesses don’t share anything well…even air).
The hospital threw in a stop sign (we like to think of it as her “do not disturb” sign) to ensure princess privacy, and they gave her an entire unit of the hospital to herself. She even had her own personal waiting room, but she preferred to not have visitors during her stay so she could catch up on her beauty sleep.
Princesses at our local hospital do not have to leave their deluxe suite for anything…everyone waits on the princess hand and foot with the press of a button. Supplies were passed through the door and food trays magically appeared at the room. When she needed an ultrasound, the machine and staff made a special visit to her room to conduct the test. All the hospital staff who came to see her had to dress in the proper attire before they could be granted entry to see the little princess!
She stayed 3 nights in the hospital. My husband asked the hospital if we were getting charged for use of the entire wing. The response was “no”, but we’re still going to double check the bill when it arrives just to make sure!
And guess what? She really DIDN’T have the flu!