I am so enjoying this thread because some days I just feel like I am in a blizzard! The best story of a SS was when my YDD had heart surgery. She was 19 months at the time and had major heart surgery to correct a birth defect. Well, within a few weeks she developed a serious complication (you would have never known,,,she was the happiest baby even with her chest glued together. she ended up having an emergency procedure to drain dangerous levels of fluid from around her heart. We were told she would be in the hospital maybe 24-48 hrs after procedure. So we are taken to our room, where I planned on living the next 2 days with her. Our first room mate was a 1 month old girl with the same condition and specialist as my daughter and the parents were lovely. They were moved to CICU after a day due to surgery and in comes the Snowflake family. I had the window side, and the bathroom was on my side. Now, I am stressed as we are facing another complication, we aren't getting out anytime soon, I have to arrange for extended childcare for older DD, her dad was stuck out of town because of bad weather, ect and now we have the new patient, a little girl of 3 who is being brought to our step down ICU unit but is pretty much out of it and just moans and cried loudly for stretches, her lovely parents, who don't seem to like each other much, except when they berate Dr's & nurses to tell them they are suing because their daughter might be brain damaged from stopping breathing in ICU (won't reveal their personal info, but it was their fault kid was in that condition..not abuse, but from what I heard of the heated conversations, stupidity or lack of concern), and their boy who was 2 and LOVED to come over to our side of the room (divided by the curtain) to stand on the chair and look out the window because we were below the helipad so when the weather let up, there were lots of flights. He tried to grab my food and drinks, he yelled, he ran around my DD's crib and dingdangity near got tangled in her IV and moniter wires and every time I would walk him back, they said to him "it's ok you can go over and look out the window". Why were they not watching him? Because instead, they managed to unhook the tv remote thing so you could hear it through the tv and not just the remote thing and they were watching Jerry Springer LOUDLY. When I asked that it be turned down, they said no, if they had to sit there all ******* day, they were going to enjoy it. Our main nurse, who was dealing with an emergency in another room, finally came in after an hour and fixed the tv, told them they were not allowed past the curtain, the bathroom was only mine
and to get the little boy out. Thankfully the next day they transferred her to another room! I did find out from my sister's friend, who is a patient liaison that they got a lawyer to sue for emotional distress because of being told not only in my room but the next room they were in that it was not their house and they either followed the rules or they would have to leave. I know sick kids will stress you out, but they honestly felt that their comfort was of the utmost concern.