Two more hours passed and it was 10:00 AM. We went in to visit Anne-Marie again and they told us what we didn't want to hear. She was going to be admitted.
They had already hooked her up to IV antibiotic treatment a few hours earlier and would need more than just a few hours of treatment. I was pretty disappointed. I guess I was hoping we'd get a quick fix and head home. Now we were stuck in the ER waiting for them to assign us a room in the big hospital.
The kids were slightly refreshed from the breakfast and play session, so we somehow managed to make it through the next two and a half hours without many tragedies. The doctor came back to inform us that we were officially being admitted and that we could all follow Anne-Marie as she was being wheeled to her room. The nurses made some rubber gloves into water balloons to entertain the kids during the process.
It was 12:30 PM. We had been in the ER waiting room for nearly nine hours.