When signing in at the radiology department recently for a routine mammogram, I noticed something different about the sign-in sheet. The directions said to write just my first name and only the first letter of my last name. 

I decided it most be another step in protecting our privacy I had never considered before. I signed “Diana K’ and took my seat with the others who were waiting.

The receptionist soon slid open the glass window that separated her from the patients and called out “Barbara C”. An elderly woman walked up to the window and the receptionist asked for her home address in order to verify the records in her computer.

As “Barbara C” dutifully recited her home address for the receptionist and all to hear,  I thought just how ironic the situation was. I’d much rather people know my last name than where I live...wouldn’t you?

So much for privacy.

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