questionsdo you donate blood platelets or plasma?

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Back when I was in my late teens/early twenties I used to donate blood regularly. I think I quit when I was rejected because my blood contained too much vodka...or maybe I just quit....I don't remember for sure. :) Bless all of those who still do!

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Plasma and platelets. It's great, movie and free snacks. Oh, and helping people. That too. :)

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Yes. Found the feeling a bit weird during the process, but survived it.

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I used to donate Plasma back when I was about 20. I donated twice a week for 2-3 months. One day after leaving the plasma center, I went straight to work (where I worked retail). I was talking to a customer about a computer and suddenly I got light headed and the room began to get darker and darker until all I could see was a little bit of light in the center of my vision. The next thing I know, I was sitting at the break room table with a bag of skittles in one hand and a sprite in the other. Apparently, one of my coworkers saw me on my way to the break room and my lips were white (I had told her earlier that afternoon that I had donated just before work) and she was thoughtful enough to help me out.

I haven't donated since then, as I'm afraid that I'll end up in a horrendous car accident as a result. My hat's off to those that do though. No matter the incentive, your time and effort help save lives.

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I gave blood for a long time, always a little lightheaded afterwards. Switched to plasma, and because you're getting saline in so you never get low, it was never a problem. It takes awhile though, so you have to allow an hour or so out of your day, but big deal.
Over a few years and 5 gallons donated, never had a single bad experience. It actually pushed me into registering as a marrow donor.
But sad, I got diagnosed with RA and the treatments disqualified me from donating anything anymore. When I feel a little better, I'll go back to Carter Bloodcare and try to volunteer.

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I use to give whole blood 2-3 times a year through late teens/early twenties. My blood iron/ferritin levels have been really low for the last year though so I am taking a hiatus until I can get it back up. I've never donated platelets/plasma, and I'm too short/light to ever be allowed to donate double red.

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I give blood but I don't think I'll be allowed to after I return to the States.

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I dontae blood every 60 days.

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I donate platelets every two weeks more or less (you can't donate more than 24 times per year so you've got to skip once in a while). I'm past 200 donations now. Last week was a triple - platelets, plasma, and red cells in one donation.

I use donating as an excuse to get Friday afternoons off. :)

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I give blood whenever I run across the bloodmobile, or the Red Cross sets up a donation area. I'll go out of my way if there's a little bonus for donating, which seems to be happening less and less, despite the extremely low supply we have right now.

Besides, I got the good stuff (O-). They should be paying me a king's ransom for this stuff! All I'm asking for is some ice cream or a movie ticket.

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No, I don't. I recognize that it's a great cause, but I HATE needles.

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@jsimsace: please tell me that at some point you were actually rejected for your vodka levels being too high. That would make my day.

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I donate platelets at least monthly. Sometimes, they'll take plasma as well. It's easy - show up, they do the usual Q&A and sit you down and hook you up to some machine. The good thing about this is that they return the red blood cells with some saline so no real big impact. I usually schedule it early AM on the weekends so it doesn't kill my days. Bring a book, surf the web, watch a movie and you're done. The needle isn't bad - it's smaller than regular red blood cell donations.

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@zuiquan: Traveling or living abroad doesn't necessarily disqualify you. It depends on the country and length of time.

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I'm ineligible a lot of the time because most years I vacation in "malaria zone" countries. I try to give blood in the little windows when I am eligible. I gave platelets once and it was a disaster. They keep the room quite cold and I get chilled easily. I was already cold and then the machine that was recirculating my blood returned it to me much cooler than it left. I was quickly shaking and chilled to the core. I got faint and they made me put an icepack on the back of my neck to make matters even worse. By that evening I was sick, and laid out for the better part of a week. Until they find a way to do it in a warmer setting, they can have my blood but I am not donating platelets.

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@moondrake: Where I go, they give you a blanket and provide lots of heating pads - one for the neck and donating arm. They're always checking on me and reheating the pads. Even the machine monitors the temperature of the blood and notifies the techs if it gets too cold.

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@moondrake: DAMN! Carter always had heated blankets for us, 'cause that saline alone will chill you. If possible, try another location. I wasn't going to ever give again after my first time but each facility relies on different managers. A world of difference in how you're treated.

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@moondrake: That's awful! The phlebotomists at the place I donate have plenty of blankets available, and the machines are monitoring the temperature of the blood, and start ringing (it's very annoying) if they sense it's too cold to avoid the reactions. I'm sorry to hear about such an awful experience... But thanks for the whole blood donations still.

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I am a multi-year , multi-gallon donor ! For me , donating plasma and platelets { since I do a triple } takes [ from needle insertion to donation end , plus rinseback ] 2.5 hours or 150 minutes. As of last donation, I am at a total of one hundred and twelve. The machine requires Almost 7000ml to achieve the triple , while single [ Apheresis or whole blood ] donors have a much shorter duration . If I were to donate whole blood , It would be only once every 56 days , while Apheresis can be done every 14 days.I myself can do a whole blood pint in as little as 15 minutes by breathing deeply and fully thereby accelerating the process , but I've been doing Apheresis for quite a time now and use the mileage to lower my taxes at years end.