Original Post from This Morning
This morning I awoke to a new story about Henry’s death in our local newspaper. The story is pretty much a recap of what I blogged about two days ago regarding Henry’s autopsy results, except in this case, the newspaper story makes me out to be a bit of a nut.
For the record, I did not show the reporter “selected” medical records. He called me at around noon and said he was on deadline for a story about Henry’s final autopsy, so I offered to go pick up a copy of Henry’s complete medical records (I didn’t have a set in my possession that day) and bring them to him at the newspaper’s offices for his review, which I rushed out to do so he could meet his 2pm deadline.
I went and picked up Henry’s records and brought all of them to the reporter at the KNS offices and I would have sat there as long as he would have liked to review them. He chose to look at only a few pages during our relatively brief time together. I declined to leave them with him, as the story notes, because they were the only copy I had. I offered to get copies made and bring them back another day but he said he needed to finish up the story that afternoon (there were about 300 pages to get copied).
So that’s how that went down.
I can’t wait to read the comments under the story today that make me sound deranged for only being willing to offer “selected” medical records.
Additionally, when the reporter asked me for a direct, on the record quote about this matter, and I started my quote by referring to Henry as “a teenage boy.” The reporter stopped me mid-quote and told me that my son was “not a boy, but a man.” He then went on to lecture me about how some 18 year old boys, Henry’s age, are fighting and dying in Iraq. He basically refused to take my quote in which I referred to Henry as “a boy,” and insisted that I reword what I’d said to something else. We settled on “teenager” or “teen.” I can’t quite recall. By that time I was in tears, having been fussed at by the reporter for calling my son “a boy” when describing him at the reporter’s request.
On a happier note, I am very pleased to read in the story that the Sheriff’s Department intends to keep looking into where Henry got the drugs that killed him and why help wasn’t summoned. Kudos to KCSO on that. However, the comments below the story in which folks are suggesting that I publicly apologize to the KCSO for having suggested that the investigation wasn’t handled properly are very hurtful because THE INVESTIGATION WASN’T HANDLED PROPERLY. And you have no idea how painful it is for me to be unable to share the details of what I know about what happened that day when Henry was assaulted because I continue to hold out hope that things WILL be investigated properly, and I don’t want to sully the investigators’ work by talking publicly about the facts and details of the case. But it’s really difficult for me. The KCSO knows a lot more than they are sharing publicly at this time and so do I. And that’s all I can say at the moment.
I guess I shouldn’t read the comments. I’ll try that, but it’s hard.