Making A Rash Decision

| Working | October 26, 2013

(I have an allergy to latex, which when used causes me to break out in rashes. I’ve known this for years and always inform my medical staff of such. It’s my first pregnancy and I’m having pains. I go to the ER and am sent to the pregnancy ward, with allergy bracelets. A doctor walks in and reads my chart.)

Doctor: “It says you’re having what might be contractions. I’m just going to do a check to make sure you aren’t.”

(The doctor promptly puts on gloves and checks me. It takes me a moment, through my intense pain, to realize she’s wearing latex gloves.)

Me: “Are those latex? I’m allergic!”

Doctor: “What? Why didn’t you tell the nurses?”

Me: “I did. They have a warning on the door, in my chart and I’m wearing the color coded latex allergy bracelet.”

Doctor: “Well how was I supposed to notice all that? That’s not my job! That’s your job. Next time tell your doctor before they use the gloves.”

(She immediately rushes off to send me through tests. For the next week, I had a nasty rash and swelling, thanks to the doctor’s failure. Now, I ask everyone about everything, just in case my many fail safes aren’t enough.)

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