I’m happy to still be working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, this pandemic has certainly altered how I complete my responsibilities as a clinical health psychologist.
I’m required to wear a mask at all times when I’m working in the nursing home. Like the majority of us, I find it physically uncomfortable to do so for an extended period of time. I easily get overheated when wearing a mask. This is the perfect recipe for disaster for someone who has heat-sensitive MS.
After working three straight hours while wearing a mask, I find that I have reached my limit of being able to tolerate doing so. When I’m overheated, all of my MS symptoms worsen significantly. Today, I found myself developing numbness in my legs, followed by difficulty in walking.
Thankfully, I have a very flexible job. Instead of seeing all of my residents on the same day, I can be providing psychological services at the nursing home for two half days.