Monthly Archives: October 2020

Toxic Medicine (Intro)

Oh man, it has been a long few weeks. I got misdiagnosed by a doctor. Then when I asked her about her misdiagnosis she had the nerve to try to gaslight me about it. Seriously, she actually tried to make me feel like I was unreasonable. She’s the one who misdiagnosed me, but, in that same breath, told me asking questions about her treatment was ‘confrontational’.

I didn’t know how to process it at first. She was the first bad doctor I ever had. She’s the first doctor to actually make me sick, ignore the fact that I was worse off than when I started, and then refused to answer questions because she was worried about getting sued. Alas, this is the American medical system, and it sucks. I don’t think Dr. Foley is the only doctor who does things like this, but she is the first one I encountered. She even recommended another doctor to me, Dr. Fesenmyer, who made things even worse.

I was thinking I would do this in 6 parts, each with its own art piece. Above is the digital artwork for a print I plan on making. I’m not sure if I want to print it on fabric, or mount it to canvas, or what, but I’ll figure it out. Each post will have clips from my medical records, voicemails, recorded visits, emails, and quotes from the doctors and staff who treated me. Maybe at the end I’ll even make a video that incorporates all of the pieces along with the sound clips, and some narrated medical notes. If we are really lucky, maybe I can snag a couple medical/psychological experts to give us some extra input as to how things went wrong, and how we can improve in the future. I’ll even be reaching out to Dr. Foley and Dr. Fesenmyer for comments.

As each story posts I’ll link it back here for everyone.

Part 1 – Original Treatment (Infectious Nurse)

Part 2 – The Infection (Hang in There)

Part 3 – The Gastroenterologist (Ignorant or Lazy)

Part 4 – The Apology (Ego is the Enemy)

Part 5 – Radio Silence (The Ignored)

Part 6 – The Gaslighting (The Forest is Burning)

*** As of the time of publishing this article on 10/20/20 at 6:00pm, Dr. Foley has not returned request for comment.

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