BRHS is so grateful for the many people in this community that have supported the health service and our staff during the challenging times of these past few months.
People like Krystal Ciaglia, who is making hundreds of “ear-savers” to provide a little extra comfort for BRHS staff that have to wear face masks for long shifts, hours on end.
(What’s an ear-saver you say? It’s a clip or slim piece of material that attaches to each elastic loop of the face mask, and rests behind the head of the wearer. It keeps the elastic loops from pulling the back of your ears!)
Krystal said the ear-savers project is a way of showing her appreciation for the BRHS staff that have helped her and her family over the years.
“Over the last 10 years I have given birth to 3 of our 4 children in Rotamah Ward, and combined with many visits to the Emergency Dept. (one of the joys of parenting!) I have met a great deal of the dedicated staff at BRHS,” she said. “I decided to do something to show my support for everyone on the front line, because you are all doing as much as possible for us and deserve appreciation for it. I’m aware constant mask wearing can cause blisters and lesions around and behind the ears so this is also a simple way of helping with that. Hopefully this will just make your jobs that little bit easier.”
For Krystal, the wearing of face masks also carries an important, and personal, health message.
“Both of our daughters were hospitalised as toddlers for Influenza type A, our youngest on her 1st birthday,” she said. “Both times we were triaged at Bairnsdale and transported to paediatric units down the line for a week each time, in isolation, and both girls needed significant medical care while sick – with just the flu!”
“I am obviously very pro-mask wearing, but I understand they are not the most comfortable thing to wear, particularly when working long hours. In the end the more people I can help comfortably wear a mask, the less the potential spread of COVID, and therefore less risk to our kids and any other people who are at risk of becoming seriously ill if they contract the virus.”
Thank you Krystal! BRHS staff, and their ears, are very grateful.
In order to keep making ear-savers, Krystal needs buttons!
Can you help?
Buttons must be at least 15mm wide and up to 30mm wide. Buttons must have button holes, not the type of buttons that have a shank at the back that you thread through.
If you have buttons you can donate, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org