All up in my bidness

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Right before the Christmas break, I got a letter from the Kent County Health Department saying that Emma had an eye exam at school and had failed.  First of all, I was shocked that my daughter had been tested (or examined) without my knowledge and/or consent.  I had no idea that it was going to happen which I think I’m entitled to.  And secondly, the letter was very generic and basically told me nothing in what was wrong but instructed me to take her to an eye doctor for an evaluation.  Being a concerned mother, I did just that.  I had taken her to a different eye doctor previously but wanted a 2nd opinion. 

So she goes and the eye doctor says she is fine.  She has a slight stigmatism and thats probably what they flagged her for.  But he can’t say for sure because the Health Department doesn’t say why they fail, just that they did.  So after the examination, I don’t think about it until I get a notice from the Health Department saying that I need to fax over a copy of her Dr’s findings to them and they are just ‘reminding’ me again.  Dan remembered that the original letter said that too.  But I’m confused… why in God’s green earth do I have to answer to the Health Department?  When did I sign over my patient’s rights or my daughter’s to a government run organization?  What say do they have in anything?

 And now I’m wondering, as I ignore their request for the information… what’re they gonna do to me?  Has anyone else experienced this?  Did you take it as an invasion into your privacy and your rights?  I really wanted to send back the request with a big fat STAY OUT MY BIDNESS!!!!  across the top but didn’t want to agitate the situation without knowing the consequences.  Is this really the world we live in? 

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9 Responses to All up in my bidness

  1. Accountable says:

    My nephew failed a vision test at his school and ended up needing glasses. He’s in K right now. He never complained about not being able to see etc. etc…

    My son who is 4 1/2 at his 4 year check up was referred to a pediatric opthamologist (he didn’t want to have his left eye covered because he couldn’t see). That’s a whole other story…

    But as far as answering to the Health Department, I’d think that they would need written authorization from you to perform the eye test. I wouldn’t send them any confidential info until you absolutley had to.

  2. lisamm says:

    Our school district does routine hearing and vision testing at various grade levels every year. The testing is done by the nurse employed by the school district. Notices are sent home a week in advance (although sometimes there is a disconnect between school and home and things get misplaced/buried under other stuff). My daughter passed in other years but failed her vision exam this year in 5th grade. We took her in and she is farsighted and has astigmatism, requiring glasses. I haven’t sent anything back to the school about it (nor was I asked to) so I don’t know about that. I’m glad this happened for us because my daughter had been complaining of headaches but never said anything about her eyesight. There have been no headaches since she’s been wearing her glasses.

  3. Chris says:

    It’s not so much the tests being done. She also had the hearing test done. It’s more the principle of the matter. Of coures, I would have consented to her having the test but as her parent, I feel I’m entitled to know about it. I knew that they do them, I just had no idea it was taking place.

    My biggest issue is that the County Health Department is asking for the results of her eye doctor’s appt. While I appreciate that they have my daughter’s interest in mind, I do feel it’s a giant invasion of privacy. I shouldn’t have to report back to them about it. I feel like it’s another situation where big brother feels they need to make me accountable to them because I’m too big an idiot to figure it out for myself.

    I might be too sensitive to this but I think that people gladly and willingly give away their rights and their freedoms to the government simply because the government says to do so. Why don’t we ever question it? Why don’t we ever just say no?

    Lisamm
    I’m glad for your daughter that her examination led to her seeing an eye doctor and correcting the problem. I’m sure she appreciates the headaches being gone. I don’t think kids normally say they are having problems seeing since they don’t know what they don’t know. They don’t realize that all people don’t see things blurry or unclear so they don’t say anything. So I’m very happy that the problem was resolved before it started causing problems in her school work. Thanks for commenting!!! It’s nice to have more people replying so I don’t feel like I’m talking to myself LOL

  4. When our little boy was in kindergarten they did a hearing test on him and he couldn’t hear out of one ear. We immediately took him to the ear, nose & throat specialist. He put tubes in, took out his tonsils and adnoids.

    About 6 weeks later we get another test from the school saying that his hearing was “normal”.

    I thought….well jeez, I didn’t realize there was a deadline (not that we would put it off- but I felt like my child wasn’t even my own at that point).

    He failed the eye exam this year and we got him glasses. I haven’t heard anything about a follow-up exam, etc. Maybe just the fact that they can see the glasses on his face makes a difference????

  5. Duh says:

    Hey Chris,
    What program is Emma in? She’s not in kindergarten yet is she?

    If she’s in a Head Start program in a public school, they may have different rules that apply to keep them in there since some of those kids are more at risk. If that’s the case, if you don’t comply they may just give you a big “see ya”. I would call though because in public programs like this it is possible that non-compliance could trigger a social services intervention. Bureaucracy leads to wacky situations.

  6. Chris says:

    She actually is in a private preschool at a church. I will call tomorrow and let them know that I have received their info and appreciate it but will not be sharing her results. I’ll let you know what happens.

    Can you picture the po-po at my door? I get arrested for telling the county to mind their own?

  7. Duh says:

    You’d be like Martin Luther King. Peaceful protestor.

  8. Bob says:

    Not only do I think you are right, I am also very proud of you for standing up to government intrusion. I only wish more Americans would.

    Wait until the school start teaching the kids that any and all sex is not only OK but pass out birth control with out your consent. Schools can also make life and death decisions by referring kids to were to go to abort a grandchild? Without you consent or knowledge.

    I am old enough to remember when Americans loved there freedom more than government freebies.

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