Medical Clinic Mask Karens

I’m so weary of running the gauntlet of the finger-pointing mask Karens when I have an appointment at the medical clinic attached to our hospital, and I don’t see any end in sight.

They are rude, obnoxious and confrontational. Don’t get me wrong, not all of the clinic employees out front who ask you ‘the’ questions and take your temperature are like that. But there are a couple in particular who are especially obnoxious. Brad and I have both had run-ins with these petty little control freaks and I don’t doubt we will again in the future.

I don’t have another appointment for three months so I am spared that for awhile. Brad has to run the gauntlet twice a week for PT but today may be his last required visit. Our family doctor, PCP, has her office in that building, as does Brad’s heart specialist, physical therapist, and my urologist. And I’m thinking of finding another urologist in another location and know just the man for the job!

See, the thing is, once you get to your appointment no one really cares about the blooming face diaper. I’ve sat outside my doctor’s office in the waiting room with no mask at all, eyes closed, doing deep breathing exercises to keep from having an anxiety attack over wearing the mask. No one says a thing. Last time I slipped out the side door to avoid the harpy at the main entrance when I left the building but I think those days are over. Next time I’m walking right out the front door when I leave, no mask. Period. I can wear a face mask for a limited period of time, below my nose, and remove it as soon as possible and I am fine.

To my knowledge there are no businesses in our area that require anyone to wear a mask, but with the arrival of the ‘Delta-Variant-Of-Death’ on the scene, or so we are to believe, nothing will surprise me.

On another note vis-a-vis masks, if this ‘virus’ is so deadly and contagious why are there no bio-hazard disposal containers outside medical facilities for disposing of them? Hm? And has anyone even stopped to consider the real use for these masks? They are surgical masks intended to prevent the doctors and nurses and technicians from sneezing or coughing on a patient with an open would…in a sterile surgical setting. Duh. They don’t stop viruses from being transmitted. Even if you suck those things up against your face and completely cover your nose the weave of the fabric is not fine enough to keep out virus particles.

On another note: Brad had to take me to the ER several weeks ago for an acute anxiety attack and when I got to the entrance where two young ladies were handing out masks I explained, “I can’t wear one of those right now!” and they waved me into the ER with no problem. I never wore a mask in the time that we were in the ER that morning and everyone there was awesome and doing their best to help me.

Bottom line: I don’t believe that it’s the members of the medical community with degrees, namely doctors and nurses and technicians, who are the bullies. It’s the clipboard-carrying, finger-pointing, autocratic, obnoxious, petty, little tyrants put in charge of who comes in the building and who does not. Funny. I haven’t heard of anyone being denied entrance to the building or being tossed out by Security.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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