ANSWERS: 21
  • No, I wouldn't mind at all.
  • It's also for your own protection.
  • Nope. A nose/mouth mask doesn't bother me - and I would not undergo a medical exam unless the Doctor wore gloves. [Did (s)he wash her/his hands properly?!]
  • The gloves are for your protection as well as theirs and he might've worn a mask because HE had a cold and didn't want to pass any of the germs onto you
  • i would be pleased instead....:)
  • Startled yes, offended no. If I was told that this was the standard protocol for that medical facility, then why be offended? Why “take it personally”. Besides AIDS. Consider the recent news that “More than 90,000 Americans get potentially deadly infections each year from a drug-resistant staph "superbug," the government reported Tuesday in its first overall estimate of invasive disease caused by the germ. Deaths tied to these infections may exceed those caused by AIDS, said one public health expert commenting on the new study. The report shows just how far one form of the staph germ, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, has spread beyond its traditional hospital setting.” That is a real concern and the professional in our medical community have to take every effort necessary to combat such threats.
  • No, I would not be. You don't want him being exposed to all the crap people come in with and passing it on to you. Think of it as he is protecting you from him.
  • I would be incredibly amused.
  • No, I would not be offended. Gloves are a universal precaution for every healthcare professional. Even if all they are doing is administering a shot or taking an oral swab they are supposed to wear gloves. Unfortunately with our world today, in order to protect yourself, you have to assume that everyone that you are caring for could have a potentially deadly disease and therefore must use precautions for EVERY patient. As far as the mask goes, I agree with Heather--he/she could have had a cold and did not want to pass it along to his/her patients. That or you smelled really bad (just kidding!!).
  • No, I'd be pretty pleased. Doctor's offices are cess pools of germs and illness; it may not be totally possible to come out of there without picking up a few germs, but if the doctor takes a few extra precautions to make sure you're not taking any off of HIM, all the better.
  • Not at all. I would hope he did that when examining all his other patients also.
  • Not if he was going to give me a prostate examination! (which is an important screening checkup for all men.) The first time I saw my doctor slip on rubber gloves and "oiled" his fingers with gel lubricant, I was more terrified and anxious than offended!
  • I would be offended if he didn't!
  • Not at all. I normally need to tell the doctor what is wrong before I attend the appointment, as such he will already have a general idea of what might be wrong. If he feels it is contagious then a mask and gloves could be necessary. I respect my Doctor.
  • No She is hot for a doctor, and it is for both of our protection.
  • yeah.. I would just be comfortable in knowing that he did that with everyone one else that came in. then at least I know I won't be getting some wierd sickness from another patient!!
  • not at all . my doctor usually wears a oxygen bottle aswell.
  • I'm used to the rubber gloves but Id be a little startled if she wore one over her mouth. Unless its surgery or something?
  • No, he always wears gloves when he examines my vagina and my rectum.
  • No. It's not uncommon for them to wear gloves. Additionally, if s/he is wearing a face mask it might be because he is suffering from allergies or something that might cause sneezing or coughing. In that case it would be courteous.
  • Of course I would. Just because I was wearing gloves and mask doesn't mean he should. ☺

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