As the radiologist led me to the x-ray room in the urgent care clinic, he thanked me for wearing a face mask.
"You're welcome! I didn't want to "gift" my germs to everyone.", I replied.
He turned and smiled, "Did you see that cartoon, too? Isn't that cute?? And yet . . . yeah."
I don't know how many people have seen that public service message of the cartoon man whistling through his workplace (he's obviously sick) happily handing out presents (germs) to all of his co-workers (I tried googling it without success--hard to pick the right search terms.), but it made me start thinking about having my own reusable face mask to have on hand. Seems like that would be a good way to model responsible behavior for the wee folk--have the sniffles? wear your face mask!
My first thought was to find a pattern and make my own.
I came across an online bulletin board where nurses were talking about the very same thing. Someone commented on the board about all of the criteria a homemade mask would have to meet--fit, layers, type of material, etc. And then they left a link to this face mask business. Fourteen dollars seems a little high, but if you can use them repeatedly maybe it's worth it.