Melissa Pezza is a dentist in Providence, RI. where the number of covid-19 cases has dramatically increased. Melissa stopped working from March, 2020 to August, 2020. That was such an uncertain time. We had no idea how the virus was spreading, and initially had no guidance from the Health Department. She’s now back to work, and so appreciative for all those who carried on while she took a break! She and the office staff wear full PPE, and follow covid-19 protocol. The office allows a few patients in at a time. They must be wearing masks to enter. The patients fill out a questionnaire and get a temperature check. There are more stresses. It isn’t easy, but they’re getting by.
Before the dental work begins, the patients are instructed to rinse with a hydrogen peroxide solution. When Melissa is working on patients they have their masks off, which is stressful in and of itself. She’s looking forward to being able to practice dentistry wearing a surgical mask, gloves, gown and shield without the need to wear N-95 masks.
Knowing that she’s helping people keeps her going. She fears that the extra precautions will be in place until the end of 2021. The ongoing vaccination program gives Melissa hope.
At home there’s the extra stress of worrying about her children, her mom, and other family members. To unwind and relax, Melissa likes to read, watch TV, spend time with her children, play tennis, exercise and take walks in nature. She’s just going on day to day.