Thursdays were always the busiest days in TYA, because teen and young adult day surgeries were performed on Thursdays. Patients would often be brought up to the treatment centre after their operations, so that the nurses could keep an eye on them for a while before letting them go home. Most patients stayed for an hour or so, and there were usually two to five in a week.
They usually started to arrive after lunch. Porters would arrive, wheeling a hospital bed into the treatment area, and the nurses would rush to get a reclining chair wiped down and stretched out flat. The kids usually looked completely drained when they arrived, slumped in their bed under a blanket, listless and unresponsive. They would be transferred to a recliner, tucked in, their family settled around them. The nurses would make sure they had drinks, food, and then retreat to watch them from a distance.
Despite how exhausted they looked upon arrival, the patients usually started to liven up after only ten minutes or so. They would begin to sit up and talk with their families, who would coax them into eating and drinking a little. After a while with no incident, they'd usually be approved to leave, and would often walk out, looking completely different to the person who had been wheeled in on a stretcher.
This family was one such case. The girl looked incredibly young, and had her parents and her older sister with her. Not long after her arrival, she sat up and began to eat a McDonalds meal, and by the time she left, she seemed quite cheerful.