(I’ve been admitted to the ER with a particularly bad migraine, after getting there by ambulance. My girlfriend is with me and speaking for me as I get auras that sometimes cause difficulty moving/speaking/seeing. Note that I’m allergic to the most common treatment, which is in my file. Nurses have taken blood and checked vitals, as well as given me oxygen and put in an IV line with saline. After a few hours of waiting the doctor comes.)
Doctor: Hi [My Name], I’m Dr. [Name]. I’ve been told you’re having a migraine? I’m going to give you some ibuprofen and triptans to help you with that. *moves toward my IV line with medications*
Girlfriend: *Alarmed* No! She can’t have triptams, she’s extremely allergic! It’s in her file!
Doctor: Well, I didn’t see that. Are you sure we can’t try, [My Name]?
Me: *slurry* No!
Girlfriend: She can’t talk properly and the noise is hurting her. You’re not giving her triptans. She can have [Medicine 1] or [Medicine 2]
Doctor: *condesending* Triptans are better. Are you sure she’s really allergic?
Girlfriend: *now angry, pushes the call button for a nurse* Yes! Please do not touch her. Is there another doctor available?
*I’m panicking by now and my girlfriend is trying to calm me down*
Nurse: Is something wrong, [Girlfriends Name]?
Girlfriend: He’s trying to give her triptans and she’s allergic!
Nurse: *horrified* [Dr.Name]! it’s in her chart. She has anaphylactic reactions to it.
(To make a long story short, the nurses were awesome, and the doctor was temporarily suspended by a supervisor. I was later transferred to a hospital with a neurologist on call and got better, with no triptans.)