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?