Can masking hinder our ability to get quality medical care?
We spend our lives learning how to fit in, get along, or just disappear. In my case I try in that order, sometimes that is a rotating schedule. Masking becomes a huge part of that, I have recently read or had discussions about how this has adversely affected the ability to get quality medical care in the moment or in the long term. Sometimes it is being taken seriously since masking also includes any pain or struggles that would allow us to be recognized or singled out. Sometimes it is not being able to drop the mask and be seen by our providers. How have you experienced this? Do you have any tips for managing this? In a time where you have to accept the doctor you get, does this worsen the problem?