Synopsis of my visit to Mayo/Florida today: I wore my N95 mask and was not taking anymore chances as I felt I had been possibly exposed March 30-31 during brain radiation because no one wore masks. Greeted by 5 people wearing mask's and asked the usual questions. One came over and took my temperature by a new gadget (new at this Mayo) that read your temperature without touching you while held to your forehead. The place seemed empty until I got off on the 2nd floor. Whooa, lot's of people waiting to be called in for labs or visits. Waited 15 minutes to get called back to have labs drawn. Left the hospital and came home for the 2 hour break. Had a video conference with my PA which did nothing to ease my pain in my side or the pain in my chest. They cannot listen to you breathing or feel for lumps. But, at the same time we all need to keep as much distance as possible. I then drove back to a almost 1/2 empty parking lot. Checking back in to the same area, not as many people but all wore masks. Waited about 15 minutes to get called back. Greeter wore a mask and walked me to my room. Nurse came in with a mask on and asked me the same questions again. Asked her about some other nurses that I am use to seeing (been going almost 6 years) and was told many were sick or quarantined. No surprise there but it saddened me as it was so obvious to me that this was going to happen. Another nurse came in to sign off on my drug without a mask. She said, "sorry, I forgot my mask but we are 6 ft apart". If I had not had my mask on I would of said something not so nice. Had to wait 45 minutes to get my infusion and then another 45 minutes to do the infusion, do bp and get unhooked. When I left at 4:30 there was no one in the waiting room.
I feel that Mayo did not provide the staff with masks when it was deemed necessary, at least a month ago. I will probably never find out the true reason but I have heard the theories. Get to do this again (hopefully) in 3 weeks!