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BEDS Day 13: Head Covering in Medical Settings

I have worn head scarves full-time for almost four years.  By now it feels as normal to me as putting on socks and underwear in the morning.  One question I get asked a lot is whether or not I wear my scarves for medical appointments and procedures.

The short answer is yes.  I always cover for routine appointments and dental exams.  I know I’m going to be lying down, I will put my hair in in a pony bun with a soft scrunchie and wear a pre-tied tichel so I can lie flat without killing my neck.  For diagnostic procedures and acute situations, I’ll wear a scarf if removal is not medically necessary.  When I had surgery a few years ago, I just wore the surgical cap as my covering.  I have never been asked to move it if it wasn’t medically necessary.  I think that’s probably at least in part because I’ve always lived in areas where head scarves (Jewish and Muslim) are a fairly common sight.

A related question I get asked is what kind of head covering I wear if I was giving birth.  I don’t have kids, but I have heard every answer in the book from women who do.  Some women like wearing their usual style of head covering, some opt for something comfier, and some don’t cover at all.

If you have any more questions feel free to leave a comment!  I’ll be back soon for day 14!

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