I am delinquent. I admit it. I have not yet completed my oldest child’s physical form for the upcoming school year.
There’s a good reason mind you. She can only get a physical once each year, and her last one was on July 12, 2013. She’s been working at an overnight camp in Arapahoe, NC, for the past ten weeks. I don’t think there are doctors in Arapahoe. If you have a tooth ache there, your neighbor extracts it for you. We simply had no options.
She does have an appointment this upcoming week. And I promise, the second we walk out of the office I will drive straight to her school and turn it in.
It has to be frustrating to deal with parents like me.
To deal with us, the delinquents, our school has hired a health form repo company to ensure that my child does not spread disease and that I meet my deadlines. I was late on my middle daughter too. Between the two of them I have received no less than 60 emails this summer informing me of my inadequacies as a parent.
This week, I didn’t get an automated reminder, I actually got a specific note from a staff member at the Health Form Repo Center. I think his name was Guido.
Today I logged on their website to print the form, readying myself for the upcoming appointment, and at the top of the page there was a large red box. It read, “54 DAYS PAST DUE” you idiot!!! (that wasn’t written but it was certainly implied).
I am afraid. I am not sleeping well. I look out of my windows at night fearful that Guido is going to snatch my child and hold her until her blood test comes back. We don’t walk near windows anymore. I just don’t know what might happen. I have Michelle climb under the car, just to be sure nothing looks cut, before we leave home each morning.
I purchased a bulletpoof vest. I wear it any time I leave the house.
Guido, have mercy! Do I not get any credit for the forms I have completed?
Vital Health Record – took 20 minutes to complete – CHECK
Consent to Treat – CHECK
Over the Counter Medicine Form – CHECK
Prescription Medicine Form – CHECK
Psychological/ADD meds Form – CHECK
Copy of Health Card – CHECK
Concussions Form – in the event my child gets hit in the head with a ballet slipper?? – CHECK
Asthma, Allergies, Diabetes, Seizures, Mental Health Condition forms – CHECK, CHECK, CHECK, CHECK, CHECK!
I have also completed the Transportation to/from and at school form. I agreed to have any and every photograph of my child be displayed anywhere the school wants to put it. I have given them information on all four grandparents, my credit card number for school purchases and volunteered for two committees. They know my shoe size, that I prefer boxers, and that I had a crush on Janice Middleton in 4th grade.
This week I will attend multiple orientation sessions to seep up more information.
But I will attend only, only if I get this dag gone physical completed and turned in.
What if my car breaks down on the way to the doctor’s office? What if the doctor is sick that day? What if their copier is broken or their pens run out of ink?
I’m going to begin investigating home school options.