So, yesterday I did all of these in one afternoon. Yes, it was stressful but I am really noticing some positive reactions.
Indeed, I may be lucky to have – so far – a pretty good dental practice, however this is what I have to report: dental staff seemed ‘in the know’ about this farce and the receptionists somewhat apologetic in their manner. I am exempt from wearing a mask – it can cause me to faint – and they are very supportive of that, as they should be. Next had my temperature taken – a condition difficult to get round in this setting – I asked the receptionist if she would take it from my wrist rather than my head, with which she complied quite readily. However after several tries it didn’t appear to be working – why should that be? I was suspicious. I insisted that I really don’t like lazers anywhere near my eyes so I covered them as she did it and quite a bit of my forehead too. My point here is that by pointing that out I hoped to raise some awareness.
Next I was asked to use the hand sanitizer and so asked if it had alcohol in it as that can cause an allergic reaction. I was asked if I would wash my hands with soap and water instead – I was fine with that and they had to open up the locked toilet for me - but again no annoyance with my request, also they didn’t seem to know if the sanitizer had alcohol in it or not! Maybe no one had pointed that out before?
Imagine my surprise as I entered the dentists room to find her only wearing a standard ‘does not protect against covid mask’ . Goggles, yes, but that was only when she was looking in my mouth. She was looking in and poking about in my mouth with only the afore mentioned flimsy mask, gloves, yes – but that’s normal. I purchased some of those ‘TePe easypicks’ afterwards and paid with cash – again no problem and I put the money into the receptionist’s ungloved hand. I left, very relieved that things had gone so well. As soon as I got outside I encountered one of the ‘heavily masked’ despite it being a rather hot and muggy afternoon – ffs!- if I can have a dentist fiddle around in my mouth with only a ‘flimsy’ on then surely I can pass someone in the open air sans mask? The public were the biggest ‘menace’ and this was born out in my experience in the shops and cafes I visited afterwards.