Mom Dragged for Sharing Adult Offspring's Blood Work Labs on Her Facebook

The internet is upset over a mom who posted her adult offspring's lab work to her Facebook page.

Posting to the Reddit forum r/mildlyinfuriating, u/TheCodexPlays shared two screenshots of a conversation with their mother. Titled "Been in the hospital a week with my SO and I'm finally getting out today and my mother posted a screenshot of my blood work lab from this morning on Facebook because she doesn't think I should be discharged yet," the post has received over 27,000 upvotes and 2,100 comments in seven hours.

In the conversation between u/TheCodexPlays and their mother, they ask why she's sharing their labs, since the doctors are discharging them, and that they can't do anything else.

"That's my confidential info I send that to you because your my mom not to post on Facebook," u/TheCodexPlays texted.

"Bevause I have medical personnel on my Facebook," she replied.

The original poster (OP)'s mom then says that she has "hundreds of people worried about you," before explaining that "It's easier to make one update than reply to 50 texts."

"There's nothing confidential posted that is an issue," she continued. "Nobody can do anything malicious with that information so chill out and don't be an a**hole."

"So make an update then, you can update people without saying what my labs look like," they replied in the final posted screenshot.

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A Redditor said their mom shared their blood test results on her Facebook page because it was "easier" to update people at once instead of via individual text messages. Michael Burrell/Getty

By U.S. law, a person's medical information, including test results and laboratory work, is to remain secret under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, better known by its initials, HIPAA. However, HIPAA only protects people from their health care provider or insurance companies from sharing someone's info, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Organizations which don't fall under HIPAA include life insurance companies, employers, worker's compensation companies and most schools, state agencies and law enforcement agencies. Of course, HIPAA also doesn't apply if someone gives another person their medical information willingly, and that third party shares it, as u/TheCodexPlays' mother did.

Though she might not have broken any laws, she certainly breached u/TheCodexPlays' trust, and angered their fellow Redditors.

"It's when she said 'don't be an a**hole'. That would have pushed me over the edge into cutting of one's nose to spite one's face territory," u/voluotuousaardvark wrote.

"Yup. I'd be digging through my parents garbage to pull credit card statements to post to Facebook asking everyone how my parents can save money in their finances. After all, I have so many accountants that follow me on Facebook that I don't know what the big deal would be," u/PivotalPixel agreed.

"'I have hundreds of people worried about you' equals 'I am getting so much dopamine from everybody's fake sympathy to your real life problems,'" u/Shazzam001 wrote.

One shared their own story about a nosey relative.

"When my daughter was born, she had a 3 week stay at the hospital. This was during peak COVID so we weren't allowed visitors or anything of the sort. My mother in law, who is a nurse, didn't think that we were giving her all the information we had on hand," u/THECapedCaper wrote, adding that their mother-in-law tried to get the hospital to send her the chart information directly.

"I was absolutely livid that she tried to backseat nurse my daughter from 300+ miles away. Thankfully where we were at is a world class pediatric hospital and they didn't even flinch and told her to pound sand, as they should have," they continued. "She still thinks she did nothing wrong. Kiddo is fine though."

Newsweek reached out to u/TheCodexPlays for comment.