Feeling cooped up and stressed out at home last week, Don decided to take a break from work to go for a walk through his neighborhood. It turned out to be an excellent decision because what he discovered made him smile and forget his worries: the sidewalks were filled with colorful chalk art created by children! Greetings, words of encouragement, animals, geometric shapes, spring flowers. Everywhere he walked, he found the loveliness only a child can create.
Don now makes a habit of taking a mid-day break, walking in a new direction and seeing what creations he can find. And lucky for his co-workers, he’s not keeping these random acts of beauty private. Don takes pictures and shares the drawings with his Northwoods co-workers who delight in his daily posts.
These kids might not realize it, but they are helping us stay positive, get through these tough days, and come out in better shape. All across the nation, kids are giving back to the rest of us in ways they only partially understand.
If you’re a parent of one of these junior street artists, please tell your kids that they’re making a difference, and we deeply appreciate what they are doing. They might not know it, but they are our Frontline Heroes too!
Talk about timing! Taylor B, a Radiology Registered Nurse in Madison, WI, is expecting her first child in October. Taylor shares that pregnant nurses need to be especially careful to follow all CDC guidelines as to what PPE to wear.
There were only two stages of grief for one runner when the Milwaukee Running Group shut down daily group workouts last month. For Olivia Spring first came “sadness” then came “let’s do something about it.” Olivia's idea to get herself out of the funk was to go to a map and plotted a street run that would draw one out of her favorite things -- a cat.
Erin is an RN and Charge Nurse at the COVID ICU at Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee. She works long shifts coordinating and providing care for Milwaukee’s sickest Covid-19 patients. Above all of the usual work and caring challenges of working in a tertiary ICU, Erin and her teammates face the personal challenge of knowing they could also contract COVID-19....
Thank you to the many, many nurses in the ICU who gave me the very best care. I wish I could remember them all by name, as I am so very grateful for each one. And, of course, my two superhero pulmonologists, Dr. Randy O and Dr. Jason R, who worked tirelessly to help him fight this horrific battle and win!
Holly has a Masters of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and is a certified professional in patient safety. Holly has been a dedicated nurse for 20 years. Holly, Director of Safety and Infection Prevention, is working to keep the patients and staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin safe during the pandemic. During the COVID-19 crisis, Holly has worked to set up new safety protocols...
Justin is a paramedic, fire fighter for the city of Milwaukee. He, along with all the other fire fighters and paramedics out there are risking themselves for the wellbeing of other people. This virus has a HUGE impact on all the fire departments and their call volume. The house he’s stationed at will get between 18-20 calls for paramedics; not much sleep there! I worry about him and that he...
LK has always had compassion for helping others. In this very scary time, she continues to put herself out there for others unaware of what each day presents. She works at a clinic with their PACE program which is seeing patients in the clinic and in their homes. She coordinates care with patients and their families for patients to remain in their homes and out of the hospital.
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