Evlynn Marie Mahoney Reinke
(July 1, 1947 – February 26, 2011)
Our Girl hated to owe anyone anything. In the last year of her life, she was always upset with the amount of fluids she was using. Say what you want about the American Medical Establishment, they never hesitated to give what she needed at the time. Even when it was clearly like pouring it down the drain. She was using AT LEAST 2 pints of packed blood and 1 bag of platelets.
Final score: 125 pints and 75 bags in a losing effort.
I always calmed her down with: “Don’t worry. I’ll replace it.” “Promise?” “Yup!”
With yesterday’s platelet donation, I’ve replaced 26 bags. Should be four more, but one time the machine broke (what a mess) and another the needle ripped my vein. At the current pace, a little more than 2 years to go.
Since if I “do the platelets”, I can’t do the blood. So her family and friends have taken up that challenge. So far, we’ve snagged 39 pints in three blood drives.
Feel free to join in?
It’s not anything really organized. Send me you receipt and we’ll put you on the team.
Need a name?
“Bleeding for Evy”?
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