May 3 – August 19, 2016
Medical malfeasance, abuse, and false record keeping did not start in January 2014, but it did amplify suddenly. In truth, I did not pay much if any attention to my medical records before this time, but after things became so egregious, I started to request my records. Probably the first records I requested were Dr Pollack’s notes. When I saw how bad those were, I requested the January 20, 2014 notes from Adventist hospital, and saw that they were complete fiction. So in early 2015 I thought I should request all of my records from OHSU, and found all kinds of problems, including hidden psychiatric diagnoses going back years. By “hidden diagnoses” I mean that these diagnoses were put into my records, but never mentioned to me. Importantly, they were false diagnoses – which I suspect is why they weren’t mentioned to me.
I thought that this was something I should – and believed it was something I could – nip in the bud, and so I carefully documented what was wrong with the worst notes, and created a massive document with lots of past medical history, which I sent to OHSU.
At this time I was under the impression that some doctors were bad actors – not that this is the systemic issue I now see it is. And so I didn’t entirely understand the motive for falsifying records. I thought that it was because the doctors were trying to paint me as drug-seeking rather than a someone suffering from severe bouts of pain. And that may have been part of what was going on, but it doesn’t seem to have been the master plan. The master plan seems to be more about painting me as a fundamentally flawed, incompetent, untrustworthy, unpleasant, and possibly dangerous human being.
In any case, I spent hours on this, and I thought my descriptions were thorough and explanations were reasonable.
The request was denied with a single sentence: “The patient health information is accurate and complete.”
Meanwhile, my copies of my medical records started to go missing. Some of them were later returned (they were always returned mixed up and often to a slightly different location – they might go missing from a carefully organized file in the cupboard and reappear weeks later, jumbled, in a closet)
Because the chart notes were so misleading and misdiagnoses were so egregious, did consider at this time attempting to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit, but I knew it could be difficult to do with psychiatric diagnoses which are to a certain degree subjective (although I’d contend that delusional disorder is a bit different as it depends on how a person deals with evidence).
At this point it was my basically my word against the doctors’.
OHSU says this letter from me was put into my records but I’ve not been able to confirm that is the case. I haven’t seen it show up in any records requests.