I took care of an old friends daughter (who is a child) recently. We hadn't seen each other in years so she didn't realize who I was, and I didn't realize either until after discharge when I was trying to decide why she looked so familiar. Ironically, we are now in a class together and remember each other from hanging out years ago, but she doesn't remember me being her daughters nurse (the time her child was there I only spoke with her once, the father was their the rest of the time). If I was to tell her I was the one who was their nurse - does this violate anything?
No, but I'm not sure I'd bring it up. No telling what the experience was like for her and you don't want to bring up bad memories. If she talks about it to you there's a good chance it will dawn on her that you were her child's nurse. Don't poke the bear.
I would just let it be. Hard to say what that hospitalization was like for her. If she brings it up and wants to talk about it, then proceed with caution. Just like Wuzzie said Don't poke the bear, especially a Mama Bear.
If she doesn't remember you being her daughter's nurse, why don't you just proceed with being friends again?
It is not a HIPAA violation because you are not "disclosing" anything to anyone but the mother.
However, I don't approach people that I have treated in public unless they come up to me first and then I talk about ANYTHING except the hospitalization. The closest thing I may ask is, "How are you feeling?". That's it. I do not get into specifics.
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