My mom sewed us some masks.
It has an opening on both sides so we can insert a filter.
My partner ordered the specially approved filter material to cut and insert into the masks, and so now, we are all set.
Masks, so far in Toronto, are not mandatory for the general public (that I know of). Some/many people wear them in stores or on mass transit, some/few do not.
But now we have our own.
Here’s the girl child.
Her pjs top says:
I skate like a girl – TRY TO KEEP UP!
Yes she’s still in pjs, doesn’t every kid wear pjs all day now?
I’m not sure if the teenager will wear his, so we asked him if he would consider wearing one if the colour was more subdued, or if it had, say, a hockey emblem on it. He said maybe, but he prefers the disposable ones.
Well it doesn’t really matter right now as he is not going anywhere, and should the schools reopen (which is looking less and less likely) he will probably only need one if he were to take the public transit (which he won’t – we’ll just drive him). Not sure what the protocol in school will be…
In the meanwhile, we heard of one of the kids’ coaches ended up with Covid-19. Possibly picked up at an NHL game in mid-March.
From how he described his 5 week ordeal, it sounds much worse than any flu he’s ever experienced. And this is a guy who is healthy, active, not overweight, doesn’t have any pesky health issues, doesn’t smoke, and is in mid-life (not a senior).
He said he was in so much pain, even his eyelids hurt. He could barely open his eyes. He was very close to being admitted into hospital but it sounds like he managed to avoid needing a ventilator.
He is now finally on the mend a month and a half later. He’s trying to gain his strength back which is difficult when you lose 22 pounds in four weeks.
He’s trying to walk a little and can manage a few minutes before he is out of breath. He is worried about permanent lung damage, among other things.
This is the closest account of an actual experience we’ve heard, from someone we know personally.
Makes me want to scream and thrash around when I hear people call this virus “a little cough” or “just like the flu“.
He certainly didn’t make it sound like it was a minor medical event. He even said “have them call me, I’ll talk to them about the symptoms“.
So, we continue to keep informed, wear our new masks if necessary in places that would increase the risk of transmission, and hope that sooner, rather than later, we find a way to manage life under this new normal.
*Please do your part. Not everyone is as lucky as my kid’s coach.*