You tell of an experience like what I fear the most. Going somewhere without a mask, because I can't tolerate the thing on my face, for similar reasons, and being confronted and bullied by staff members.
& thinking, I don't want to have to explain why I'm not wearing a mask .I do have the exemption which, while not going into detail, does mention PTSD. I don't want to use it, because I don't want questions. I don't deal with pressure well. Yes, I would use it to go to a doctor's appointment, if a Police Officer requested to see it, or I suppose, if official Security personnel requested it, but not to just anyone. Not in the public area either.
I am so easily intimidated, I'd cave.
I like what you said to Randomx
" the doctors make their observations with eyes, ears,
touch, smell. They cannot see your feelings unless you show them openly.
If you are confused, see if you can say it.
If you are unhappy, see if you can say it.
If you are afraid or anxious, speak it up, share it with
the doctors, tell them your emotions that they cannot see. "
Can that apply to everyone? Even if I could remain a little calm, I'm afraid I would crumble and be unable to speak at all.
All I know is that for some people, spot a 'weakness' = exploit and take advantage. So long as I am dealing with people who have some ethical standards, some compassion, I could say and be understood. Otherwise, I let them get away with their disrespectful way of treating me, & end up leaving the shop/venue/etc, Or not risk it in the first place.
So far, I avoid the issue. I stay home, even as restrictions are as light as they are in SE Qld, & I don't know what is worse.
So far, I have not been challenged when I have been out with my helper, & we have had no problems. But maybe that is because my helper is there, with me? I can't answer that until I take a risk & go out alone.
The quandary I feel is doing my head in!
I hurt for DnG having been hurt!
I still feel I have a sign on my head! Why can't I remove it?
I used to go around like nothing could touch me - now everything does.
&...Those people in US who are once again making abortion illegal under any circumstances struck me hard tonight - What would I have done if I had become pregnant at 13? The lawmakers there have no compassion.
Do these people who've hurt us ever figure out what they have done, really?
I wish I would NOT curl up inside myself, & just let go & SCREAM.
No worries,, Sophie_M, I'm venting.