So…Yesterday morning I told you that I had a plan. I was going to do these things…
-I am doing an inventory of my tops that need to be quilted. I am going to see what has backs and what needs backs. I’m going to make some plans for all of them.
-I am going to do the general cleaning today to rid the house of childcare related germs. I’m also changing the sheets on my bed…also dust for cobwebs.
-I am going to cross stitch for at least an hour.
-Put some audiobooks on hold
Guess which things I did??
ZERO of them. I slept in and then got settled in on the computer. About then Kelli called. She was getting off of her overnight shift at the hospital. She had a rough night. Supplies are dwindling. Moral is tough. Everyone is dealing with anxiety about the whole situation. The worst??? Protocols are changing. Previously if a nurse didn’t follow all of the proper gowning and personal protection when they went into a room with an at risk patient, they would have been written up. Now they are told, do the best you can with what we have. That’s scary.
This was sent to me by one of the kids. It’s written by the infection control doctor where the girls work.
Kelli was really upset. It’s hard as mom hearing your kiddos be upset when there really isn’t much you can do. We ended up having a conversation about Georgia. Jason is going to need to start field work as soon as it dries out…His family is all involved in farming. We decided it might come to a point that Georgia needs to just live with me for awhile.
That’s the truth of what it’s like for nurses right now. Tough, hard decisions are being made about protecting their families and keeping their job.
The conversation turned to masks. A week ago we were joking about people making homemade masks…today, it’s not a joke. My niece post something on Facebook about the hospital in Cedar Rapids Iowa asking people to make masks. You can find more on that story HERE. Kalissa read my nieces post and commented, “My mom is making some(masks) today. I wish people could understand that this is an absolute last resort and everything we know about PPE(person protective equipment) is completely and totally irrelevant at this point. This is rock bottom.”
Kalissa wrote a blog post to explain the usage of Personal Protective Equipment HERE. Please read it.
I know the homemade masks aren’t what they really need. Nurses know the homemade masks aren’t REALLY what they need. We know they need the good ones…the N95 masks. But people, they aren’t able to be gotten. None…zero. So what can we do? Do the best with what we have. So, today I ….made masks.
I did change the tutorial I used slightly. The first hurdle I had was bread ties. I needed bread ties. I don’t keep them. My siblings and I used to laugh at my dad….he was born in 1920, went through the depression and saved too many things. Bread ties was something he had an abundance of. There was always a butter dish on his counter filled with twist ties…oh how I wished I had them. But you know what?? My dad died in 2007. When we cleaned out the house, I took these bags. I put them in with my stuff. At the time we lived at the farm…then we moved to town. The bags came with me….
and so did the twist ties that were in the box!! Yahoo. Thanks Dad. (I’m almost embarrassed I hadn’t used them before now) Oh well. I needed them now.
The tutorial calls for putting the twist tie in like this. The problem I thought is that that it then isn’t secure. I know these are going to be washed. I wanted the twist tie to stay in place.
So after I put it in, I measured 3 3/4″ over and tacked it in place.
The sewing machine doesn’t mind sewing through it at all.
The other alteration I did was make ties instead of elastic. I could never find enough elastic for all I need to make so decided ties it was.
I only got four done. I have more started but stopped there to make sure they were okay for what the girls needed.
Here is Kalissa with one on. She has a N95 mask on. She is wearing my homemade masks over her mask. Previously there were unlimited amounts of masks. If she was in a patient room and blood splattered on her mask, she got a new mask. They can’t do that anymore. They get one mask for the whole shift. Now she can wear the homemade mask over her mask. If it gets obviously contaminated, she put a new homemade mask over her good mask.
I’ve been trying to make them in some fun prints. There are male and female workers so I’m tried to make some gender neutral ones.
All in all Kalissa is happy with them. I asked how many to make…I suggested 100 and she said YES…I asked Kelli and she said, just keep making them mom.
Kalissa put out a post on Facebook and said I was making them. A local hospice care gal contacted me and asked for about 40 or more. So…I’ll be making masks for quite awhile.
It certainly wasn’t how I intended to spend my time off…but if there is something to do that I can help, I’m going to help.
If anyone wants to make some masks with me, you are more than welcome. These will be washed and reused again and again so it’s important to make them with quality products. If the care workers near you don’t need them, my girls will welcome more. Right now they are lucky and still have a limited amount of N95 masks. I’m afraid those will run out and the girls will have are these homemade ones. In that case, they are going to need to change them even more often. The need is REAL!!
If I miss a blog post, no worries. Imagine me in the sewing room working away like a factory worker assembling masks. Thanks to so many of you who have sent fun fabrics. It is being put to use in these masks.
I know these masks aren’t all the girls need. I know they need MUCH better equipment, but what is a momma to do. My girls are fighting a war and I can’t send them into battle with nothing. So I’m making masks.