Well, I did call on Thursday and I spoke with the person named on the letter so I knew she was the contact person. The conversation went just like I suspected it would. I’ll recap for you:
Me: “Could I speak with Sharon?”
Her: “This is”
Me: “Hi, I was calling because my daughter failed a vision test at school and I keep getting notices asking what the results of her followup were”
Her: “Oh, yup”
Me: “And I am really confused as to why I have to call and give you guys the results of her Dr’s appt”
Her: “The state just likes to track how many kids have received followup care and what the problem was”
Me: “I can appreciate that but I’m not comfortable sharing my daughter’s dr results. I will let you know that she did go to the dr but not the findings were.”
Her: “Ooookay” (acting as though I’ve just said I like to pick my nose and eat boogers) “I’m not sure why you are calling then”
Me: “I’m calling because I keep getting these letters demanding that I send you my daughters information and I’m just letting you know that I’m not going to do that. Just because she’s 4 doesn’t mean she doesn’t have patient rights or a right to privacy.”
Her: completely dumbfounded… “Sooo can you tell me her name at least?”
Me: “Yeah, thats fine.”
She obviously did not get what I was talking about AND it was obvious to me that this is the first call she’s experienced where someone has denied them the answers they seek. This saddens me because I feel like as a nation we are just really being desensitized. Everywhere you go, people want more info on you. You can’t even buy some socks at Children’s Place or some playdo at Toyr R Us without them asking for your phone number. But just because they ask, doesn’t mean you have to tell them. I know that you feel akward saying no and you think you’ll like a big jerk but you can politely say No Thank you. Try that next time. Watch their face… HUH?
I betcha 60 years ago, if people had been asked for info on them, I know what the answer would have been. And I don’t think I can type it on a family friendly blog hahaha. You know what I’m talking about though.