My Wife Has Surgery, I’m Not Wearing a Mask. What Do I Do?
A reader writes:
I have appreciated your writings for years and particularly your writing about masks. I have your books, Face Masks Hurt Kids and Face Masks in One Lesson.
A friend of mine who lives in Colorado (a never masker) is married to a woman who cooperates…She will be undergoing eye surgery next week. My friend and his wife made the trip to the eye specialist this past week for the preliminary exam. He used (I think) the language I “stole” from you, “What accommodation do you make for people who are unable to wear a mask safely?” Unfortunately, he also mentioned this to the doctor who sent it “up the chain.”
My friend has since received an email from the bureaucrat at the hospital’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. In this email, she makes the most audacious requests for information to determine whether they can make the accommodation. (Again, he’s already been there once – and he and his wife were the only ones there with their faces hanging out. The Center did have someone “greet” them and escort them everywhere they went. This person explained that he needed to be there because being mask-less caused the other patients to become “anxious”.)
My friend now is worried that he will be unable to stay with his wife while she undergoes this surgery or even wait for her inside – unless he completes this form giving away so much private information it makes your eyes water. One of the requests is a note from his doctor explaining his “disability”. My friend doesn’t have a doctor…
Any quick thoughts on this, Allan? Any place in your Face Masks in One Lesson that you can point me to to review so I can try to help my friend navigate this? His wife says she will wear one, but he refuses. I did say to him that he may just have to wait outside or elsewhere while his wife has her surgery if the p
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