When they are 18 but still need help
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|Tue, 03-11-2014 - 11:23am|
Well I don't really know what to title this, but yesterday illustrated one of those situations where they are technically adults but still need help.
So Sunday night my son showed me that his finger had what looked like a blister on it and being the bad mom that I am I totally forgot about it--ok, he mentions this late at night when it's kind of late to do anything about it. So he did go to the school nurse and then called me and said it was an infection and she told him he should go to the doc & get antibiotics. Meanwhile, he had his regular physical from his pediatrician in the summer and hasn't seen an adult doc yet--I did get so far as calling Blue Cross and calling my doc. I call my doc's office and the secretary said they are too busy & go to one of those walk in clinics, which turned out fine--he went & they had to drain it and they gave him an Rx.
So while all this was going on before I even went to work, I decided I'd stop by the pediatrician's and pick up his records. I already had him write a letter asking the pediatrician to send the records to the new doc but they said the records had to be picked up. I stopped in and they said oh these are confidential, we can't release them w/o his permission. I probably understand the HIPAA laws more than most people since I'm a lawyer & deal with this stuff every day--obviously I know that I can't see his future records, but as I told them, how can this be confidential since I was actually at all those appts. with him and already know what is in there? That didn't go anywhere so I got him on the phone--oh we can't talk to him, we have to have something in writing. So luckily the school nurse allowed him to fax over an authorization.
Then at night I went to pick up the Rx and the doc had sent it to the wrong pharmacy--not the one near our house, the one on the other side of town.