Day 465: Personal Protective Equipment

There’s a lot of construction going on, near where I work:


This caught my eye, there, yesterday:


Do you know what PPE stands for?  I didn’t, when I took this shot.

It means Personal Protective Equipment.

And while that sign was not meant for me, it inspired me to ask these questions:

What kind of Personal Protective Equipment would meet MY current needs? What do I need to put on, to help me feel safe enough, as I venture out and take risks, these days?

Let’s see Google Images’ suggestions, for possibly proper PPE:


(I found that image here.)



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patient packs

(I found this image here.)


Here’s a question: why am I writing about personal protective equipment, this morning?

I mean, the weather is warmer in these parts. When I leave for work, in a little while, I can leave behind all  winter-related PPEs, like these:


(I found this image here.)

That’s a good thing, definitely.

Here’s the deal: I feel vulnerable today, because I’ve got a cold and there are some uncertainties I’m dealing with, right now.

Thank goodness I don’t always have a cold. However, uncertainty is always there, isn’t it?

For example, I’m completely uncertain about how to end this post.

Let’s see if my photo stash can come to my rescue, in the nick of time.


Here’s a photo of me at age 10, after my first heart surgery, with some proper and required personal protective equipment.


No, it’s not the glasses. It’s my first cat, Tuffy.


Thanks to everybody who has ever needed personal protective equipment of any kind and to you,  for visiting today.


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33 thoughts on “Day 465: Personal Protective Equipment

  1. May this particular worry dissipate in the sunshine, sometimes the best PPE for the soul, Ann. Love you at 10. Good job, Tuffy. My first dog was Taffy. They may have been pet cousins.

  2. Debbie Terman

    I had those same glasses when I was 10. I don’t know how you felt about them, but I hated them (my mom picked them out). Why did people think that was a great style for kids? Thanks, 1960s.

  3. omtatjuan

    It’s meant to indemnify the company should the worker step on a nail… We told them to wear personal protective equipment…

  4. Janet H

    You look so tentative and pensive in that photo; hope the cat was an effective relaxation therapy! Those glasses would be “in” today. Hope you feel better soon.

    • Hey, Janet! Always great to see you here. That’s cheering, even when I’m feeling lousy. Thanks for this personally protective comment.

  5. You never answered your question and have left me hanging about what type of PPE you need. So, I’ll just say that I hope you find what you need! A few years ago I was visiting more construction sites than I normally and do and had to keep a pair of tennis shoes in the car – I always wear flip flops and some sites needed actual shoes!

    • I do that, in some of these post, Kate, don’t I? That is, leave things hanging. At the moment, the personal protection I need has to do with running a fever and feeling pretty lousy. Thanks for cheering me up with this comment. I hope you can wear flip flops soon, and enjoy some good weather.

  6. I hope you shake away your cold in just a few short days. Mine has lingered longer. It’s been an overstaying visitor in my chest for two weeks now. 😦

    Hope you ‘ll feel better soon. Do you have to wear a mask at work then?

    • Thanks for this helpful comment. I cancelled my appointments and left work early, when it became obvious that I might have a fever. The therapists usually don’t wear masks, but we do take precautions to protect the patients: for example, I’ll stay away until the fever has been gone for a couple of days. Thanks for your hope for my quick recovery, and I’m sorry to hear about your overstaying visitor.

  7. Cats are the best personal protective equipment when you are vulnerable. And you look so vulnerable there on the sofa, age 10. (Heartbreakingly so.)That you had a cat named Tuffy to hold tells me that your parents loved you very much and were also very wise.

    Uncertainty — I don’t know what you are uncertain about, but I hope that you know that you’re not alone in that broken elevator. It’s a terrible feeling to discover that none of the buttons you push will take you to the place you want (at least with any certainty), nor guarantee that you won’t plummet 57 floors to your instant death, nor even keep the lights on. But it’s the universal discovery that we all make and figuring out what to do when the buttons don’t work is our genius and our humanity. (And maybe one of the secrets to your blog.)

    Here’s Who By Fire, by Leonard Cohen, all about uncertainty and so, so beautiful anyway. I’m listening to it now and thinking of you, your boxes of tissue and your uncertainty.

    • Thank you for this soulful, helpful comment today. It made a difference. I had heard the Leonard Cohen song before, but I appreciate its beauty even more now. I am very grateful for Mr. Cohen and for you.

  8. Tuffy looks like your Personal Purring Edifier. They sure do come in handy during stressful times in our life. 🙂

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  11. Excuse me….your kitty cat isn’t only personal protective equipment…Taffy is also…PURR-SONAL PURRING EQUIPMENT!!! 🙂

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  14. My PPE includes a walking stick (at times) and my camera. Camera? Yes. People either leave me alone when I have it out and I can then get the shot I want, or they jump in with their cameras and we have fun shooting together. The first way protects me from unwanted company and the second way protects me from being too much of an introvert.

    • It’s wonderful to hear about your PPEs! I guess my iPhone/camera is personal protective equipment for me, too. Personally, I’m glad that I’m feeling a lot better when I’m answering this comment (than I was when I wrote this post six months ago).

  15. agwink1942

    Wow Ann, at one time I had a lot of those PPE’s. I was a CERT volunteer (Citizen’s Emergency Response Team), and we were a first response group after tornadoes, ice storms, or to help with traffic control at large gatherings. I personally, also went on white powder runs with the Health Dept. Epidemiologist. Even knew the names and symbols of all the hazardous materials that traveled by train through our area. Now my PPE’s are a power chair, a walker, and a lift recliner. And I am seldom without my crochet hook and my work in progress.

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