OBSERVATION: Thank you! 39/125 pints and 26/75 bags

Thursday, August 2, 2012

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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INSPIRATIONAL: Yankees show class

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Sports Couple Catch Foul Ball & Fail to Give it to Heartbroken Child, TV Announcer NOT Pleased

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 1:21am by Becket Adams Becket Adams

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During a game between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers Wednesday, one young fan almost had his world shattered when he failed to catch a foul ball tossed into the stands by the Rangers’ Mitch Moreland.

Instead, the ball was snagged by a couple who were quite pleased with their catch. So pleased, in fact, that they failed to notice the weeping, heartbroken kid right next to them.

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(Anyone who knows me, knows the story I’m remembering about Our Girl and her foul ball. This story demos her character. But that’s not what this blog post is about.)

What a pair of Scrooges?

What I found “inspirational” is probably the Spirit of Old George S watching “his” Yankees from his ultimate “skybox” and taking care of the problem with his usual direct style. The instrument he “played” was Kaye, who moved several notches higher in my book on this story. He was already up there; just ascended further. (Not as if that matters.) And either Kaye called down, or some in the Yankee org was really “on the ball” in this case in more than one way. Giving the kid a ball

“Bravo Zulu” to all who made that happen.

I’m writing a letter to the Universe now: “Dear Universe, Attention: Karma Department, Please schedule this couple for remedial education in empathy, sharing (as in the fruits of good fortune with your neighbor), and specifically “suffer the little children to come unto me”. I’m sure the innovative boys and girls up there in the “Good Karma” section can come up with suitable scenarios. I’m equally even more sure that the bad and naughty, working remotely remote in the basement next to the fires and torments, can come up a suitable response. Please ask them to tone it down a little. Supply tells me that we are running low on plagues and locusts. Priority for those is given to corrupt politicians and evil dictators. Please pass along my kudos on the last two that they took care for us. The first should have already arrived at the stable basement for a few eaons of <synonym for excrement> shovelling, and I’m told the second will be there shorty. I’ll appreciate your prompt response. And hope it’s up to your usual standards. Humor’s been a little thin in the head office as a result of the Midwestern Tornados. That reminds me to check how the West Baptist Church’s prayer request got on the Action pile without being routed to the SPAM folder. Guess well have to put a support request for Microsoft Ou`tlook Really Big Enterprise Version 9. When is 10 due? Argh. Signed, God”

Yeah, I know don’t quit my day job!

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