(Strip Number 625, Original Publication Date, 6 June 1984)
Panel 1: As our story continues, we find Elly on the couch in the hospital lounge. The nurse on duty (who I'm calling Nurse Abel because I like the program MASH) wakes her up and asks her if she wants a cup of coffee.
Panel 2: As they walk down the corridor to her room, Nurse Abel tells her that Lizzie is just now waking up.
Panel 3: Elly asks Abel "Is she OK? Is she going to be all right?"
Panel 4: Given that Lizzie is smiling and saying "Hi, MOM!!", I'd say that she was okay-ish.
Summary: What bothers me about this is not that Lynn didn't really research this too well. What bothers me is that Elly is probably thinking "Well, since she was okay anyway, I could have not slept in my own bed. The nerve of that kid dragging me down here!" That being said, we could well be dealing with a situation in which Lynn misinterpreted something the sick child's parents said as meaning that parents aren't allowed to stay with their children. Given how stubbornly she guards her mistaken beliefs, we can't tell her the real truth EVAH!!!