If you don’t like the idea of begging your doctor to run labs, having him rewrite your narrative in your medical records or missing an important diagnosis, stay away from Dr. Jason Bateman.
I have no doubt that due to the nature of previous grievances and liability concerns among a couple of my doctors that Dr. Jason Bateman conspired to cause me harm.
Doctors at this Kaiser behave like a tight knit gang, helping each other when needed to conceal negligence and silence patients who talk too much.
In January, I presented to ER after having been advised to return there by my PCP to have a CT scan.
Both my GYN and PCP were urging me to have a surgery consult that day, suggesting I may need urgent surgery.
My GYN told me to ask for the consult once I arrived at ER.
Dr. Bateman refused to contact the on call surgeon and claimed I had to have the CT scan immediately.
He alleged radiology was closing and they were waiting just for me, which was a lie — radiology is open M-F til 8pm, it was a Friday, not even yet 6:30pm.Further, CT scans are available in ER 24-7.
I had the CT and then someone came to draw my blood for tests.
Due to personal reasons, I requested someone different do the job, which was provided without issue and my blood was drawn.
The next thing I knew, I was being discharged. I was told my CT scan was normal.
I asked about my labs. Dr. Bateman said, “they were canceled,” he claimed because I refused.
I explained I’d only asked for someone else and my blood was drawn, but he persisted.
I proceeded to beg like pathetic dog because I knew something was very wrong.
He finally agreed to see if the lab still had my blood, they did.
Dr. Bateman claimed my labs were fine, except for blood sugar, which was uncharacteristically VERY high.
(488) What I didn’t know at the time was that it had been high just the day before in ER, but no one bothered telling me, not even my PCP whom I spoke to twice the following day.
Yet, there I was, a sitting duck for both a diabetic crises and emergency surgery.
Surgery in the setting of uncontrolled, undisclosed hyperglycemia could have been disastrous.
My labs were not all OK – though abnormal results other than blood sugar were mild, they revealed a picture of ongoing blood loss and infection.
But, Dr. Bateman told me to stop taking the antibiotics I’d been given just the day before, he claimed there was no need.
Needless to say, following discharge I went on to get sicker and required 3 more rounds of antibiotics to deal with a stubborn and resistant bacterial infection.
A few months later, I reviewed my medical records to find Dr. Bateman had canceled my labs AFTER my blood had been drawn.
He also wrote about me in the most demeaning way, as if I were pitifully indecisive and had the intellect of a 3 year old on acid.
Perhaps most worrisome is that he omitted important symptoms I told him about, such as that I’d been treating low grade fevers with tylenol, that my abdominal pain was getting worse – he actually wrote that my pain was ‘better.’
He made no mention of the mild respiratory distress I told him about and refused to test lactate again, which had been elevated the night before.
He also wrote that I ‘refused’ my labs but later ‘changed my mind.’ The level of deceit is terrifying.
The radiology report was not normal as he claimed. There was a finding the radiologist stated was not fully evaluated due to no contrast having been used.
I asked for contrast, it is ordinarily used in the type of study undertaken, without it the evaluation simply isn’t complete.
Ultimately, 5 months later, the finding was reversed but only once I raised the issue about it not having been fully evaluated at the time.
It’s hard to know if the finding was legit and ignored and then undiagnosed to get Bateman off the hook, or was nefariously concocted to support potential unnecessary surgery that my most unprincipled PCP and GYN were pushing for.
What I also discovered when reviewing my records was that I’d actually had diabetes since 2014.
This was evidenced in a diagnostic A1C, but despite severe text book symptoms, I was not diagnosed or treated, this hardly seems like an innocent oversight given the undercurrent and context of serious complaints and classic presentation of symptoms.
It’s disturbing and frightening to know I nearly walked out of that ER will blood sugar of 488 and rapidly climbing.
A diabetic crisis such as hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state (HHS) can develop in mere hours and there was plenty of evidence of infection which only tripled my chances of severe complications.
Had I not begged Dr. Bateman to run my labs, I never would have been treated with insulin and in probably just another 48 to 72 hours, I could have landed in a HHS.
I will forever despise this man, and the incredible lack of ethics at Kaiser Permanente will forever represent to me all that is wrong with health care today.