Though it can be annoying, I have come to understand why hospitals and doctor’s offices are kept at such low temperatures. Warmer temperatures would allow germs to thrive, while the colder temperatures inhibit them from spreading. I did not always know this, and at one time, I assumed that it was just a silly general rule that any building that housed doctors had to be kept frigid, because that’s just the way the world worked. These days, I simply know to bundle up in an extra layer whenever I need to go to the hospital or doctor’s office for an appointment or to visit someone who is sick. The ridiculously frigid temperature that my dentist’s office is kept at, on the other hand, still confuses me. I mean, dentists are technically doctors, but the people that make appointments at the dentist’s office are not necessarily sick. So why is it that every time I walk into my dentist’s office waiting room, the air vents are blasting cold air? Even though I often have to sit in the waiting room for upwards of 30 minutes when I’m waiting for my dentist appointment, and even when I have nothing to read but old magazines, that is not what annoys me about the whole experience. I could put up with all of that were it not for the fact that the thermostat seems to be set in the fifties! That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it sure doesn’t feel like one. I sure am glad that I am not a nurse or dentist, otherwise I would have to put up with cold air conditioning all day!