Hm. Okay I’m really going to stretch here for plausibility but…
The VA hospital didn’t make the original mistaken diagnosis.
And here if you get some kind of test, you usually aren’t called unless something is wrong. For important life or death things they usually call you anyway so you don’t rip your hair out wondering “Are the results back??? Are the results back???”
But maaaaybe (and it’s still pretty unlikely). When the nurses/staff/whoever got the test results back and they saw “normal” they just stuck it in the “to file” pile of stuff.
If the doctor had a big patient load he might never have thought to mention anything because it wasn’t in the “uh-oh, call the patient!” pile of stuff.
Again, it’s really reaching.
Nah, forget it! It’s reaching too much. It’s too :dubious:
But didn’t Malone ever ask “Why am I not on medication? I keep reading about drug cocktails and stuff. How come you haven’t given me any prescription?”
If I was diagnosed with something THAT significant, I’d read up like crazy. If I felt like I wasn’t being treated I’d ask why, why, why? Malone attended support groups, lost friends to AIDS, so I would expect that he’d have some familiarity or expectations HIV treatment. But he never questioned why he wasn’t being treated for HIV like anyone else? That’s weird too.
If I had Tumor X, and everyone else in my support group with Tumor X was getting chemo except me, I’d ask “Hey, Doc. Why am I the only one not getting chemo for Tumor X?” Weird all around.