Scheduled appointments take us away from our homes, our nests. Some offices create a sense of nesting in the waiting room, others create it in the exam rooms. Still other offices don’t create a sense of comfort at all. Feeling safe and comfortable is important at all times and in all places. When we are uncomfortable, we are not able to pursue the help and services we most need. When we feel safe, comfortable and trusting, we are more likely to receive what we most need.
Two weeks ago, a family member had a scheduled MRI. The appointment was kept. Upon entering the medical office plaza, a suited and masked employee asked us each a series of questions and took our temperatures before we could enter the building. All went smoothly. The MRI happened. Two days later, the doctor called with the results and a few next-step suggestions.
Today, I had two appointments in two different medical offices. Here’s what I experienced. Yes, I wore a mask – made from a cotton scarf, just as my sister directed.
- No one else in the waiting rooms.
- One space had individual chairs to sit in while waiting. The other space had two sofas and individual chairs to sit in.
- Music at the first office was relaxing and a topic-related video was playing, providing information about health. I felt calm while waiting.
- All staff members at the first office were wearing handmade fabric masks in cheerful colors. And, I was gifted one to replace my makeshift scarf-mask. So cool !
- The second office had signs on the door about entering, or NOT entering; about hand-washing in their place of business; about being able to not enter, return to your car and call into the office for in-car drive-up help, and about the protocols being followed.
- The second office had blue duct tape marking the six-foot-away space to stand when interacting with the front desk personnel. Staff members were not wearing masks.
- Everyone in both offices was smiling, cheerful, helpful, calm, focused, and helpful.
- I felt at home and safe in both offices.
- My appointments went smoothly. And, good news: I am healthy! All is well!
Yes, this has to do with nesting at home. When confirmations come that we are healthy and all is well, it is easier to shelter-in-place or stay-at-home with the peace of mind that what is available to be known, is actually good news. And when it is not good news, at least we can pursue tips for our – or a family member’s – good health.
What scheduled appointments have you been able to keep? Which ones have been postponed? What needs to happen for you to receive the best possible care?
Photo note: This image is from years ago, at the orthodontist's office. They were already following CDC protocols for everyone's safety and good health.
Nesting is about the objects and experiences that create a sense of home. Without home, it is difficult to maintain health, find joy, or to be productive. Enjoy the Nesting series of blogs on your search for and creation of a deep sense of home. –Jana