My concern is about precautions, not about postponement. I check in with Mayo's hematology doc twice a year for guidance. But my chemo treatments are done locally, a three hour drive from Mayo. I get infusions for 7 days on, then 21 days off. Those 7 days are frightening.
My local oncologist has a very loose disinfecting program. People go in and out the door, touching on door handles, the door, the door jamb – then they fail to use hand sanitizer, even though there is hand sanitizer in sight. There's no one watching to make sure they sanitize. The front desk lady – when she has a chance every hour or so – sprays and wipes door handles and the countertop at the window to her desk. With the same cloth she keeps laid on top of the spray bottle between wipedowns. There are no signs or notices to tell patients and caregivers exactly how to conduct themselves to help prevent virus spread. Nothing.
No one sanitizes the chair arms or the toilet rooms. Patients and caregivers sit in the waiting room, sometimes pull their masks down for comfort; no one is making sure they wear them properly or keep them on. Caregivers are not allowed into the infusion room where I'm told sanitizing takes place between patients; but seeing how the waiting room is handled, I have doubts about the procedure.
I am frustrated. I wear a mask, a shield, disinfectant wipes on my hands, a bottle of disinfectant spray in my pocket which I use every time I touch something with my wipe-covered hand. I spray my shoes after leaving, before I get into my car.
Imagine what would happen if I told the doctor all he's failing to do to prevent COVID-19 virus spread. I'd never have a decent relationship with him again, no matter how nicely I present this.