Not all superheroes wear capes... but in this battle against COVID-19... everyday heroes wear masks! So take a selfie of yourself with your super-hero mask and submit it to our “Masking Up for the Greater Good (M.U.G.G.) Shots!
Find a silly mask... a unique mask... a self-made mask... or just a plain old mask. Show us how you are using your super-hero powers in combatting COVID-19. Have as much fun with it as you want! Be creative! And while you’re at it... feel free to share any mask-related stories or ideas and hints on making mask-wearing more comfortable, enjoyable, pleasant and effective!
Submitted by Mary Schueller, RN - Oncology Nurse Educator at Eastern WI Division, Hospital Sisters Health System (July 17, 2020)
My M.U.G.G Shot is a selfie which I took when we were at Christopher Farm & Gardens. It is entitled “Whooooo???” Just like the sound the owl pictured behind me makes, sometimes I wonder Whooooo is behind a mask. I must admit that I have at times had difficulty recognizing people when they are wearing masks. I can’t see their smiles. It’s a puzzle!
I’m grateful to the unknown seamstress who made the “puzzle” mask I am wearing and donated it to HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital. As employees, we can wear “non-medical” masks into and out of the building before changing into our hospital-supplied medical masks. Having to wear masks for many, many hours each day, it’s a welcome treat to wear something “fun” at other times!
NOTE FROM TIM: How serendipitous (many of you know how much I love that word) that Mary had taken this photo over a month ago during our visit at the the CF&G!!!
Submitted by Tim Renzelmann, Cancer Survivor (July 16, 2020)
"Tim's Tips on Face Masks!"
Just about everything in life comes down to a "cost-benefit" analysis. Face masks do come at a "cost." They can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. But as far as I'm concerned, the "benefit" of saving even one person from suffering (and possibly death) far exceeds these petty costs! And I have discovered a few things to reduce the costs even more!
1) Find the right mask to fit the size and shape of your face! NOTE: You may also want to find a material print you feel "comfortable" wearing (I prefer these simple white masks)!
2) Work towards a snug (not tight) fit! NOTE: Not only will this allow the mask to be more effective, but I have found my glasses fog up much less!
3) Be creative! I came across these plastic "thing-a-ma-jigs" that I find VERY USEFUL (especially when I need to wear the mask for an extended period of time)! Not only do they prevent discomfort on the ears but they allow me to adjust for a snug fit! NOTE: The shape of my head forces me to wear them higher up than I suspect they are designed to be worn... but.. whatever works!!!
NOTE: Special thanks to the Sheboygan County Mask Makers and many others who have provided Matthews Oncology Association, Sheboygan Cancer & Blood Specialists and the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund with many masks that we can provide free of charge to cancer patients!