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From: jer_ Date: June 2nd, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hos coincidental. I just got my card yesterday from the RC saying that it is almost time for me to donate again. I've been kicking around the idea of donating plasma next time I donate. It takes about two hours from what I understand, but I guess (again, rumor here) I can do it more often and it's useful in more places than regular blood donations? I clearly need to do more research...
johnridley From: johnridley Date: June 2nd, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another alternate option is to do double-red donations, if it's available in your area. They hook you to a machine that extracts platelets and puts the juice back in. You can give twice as many platelets, but you only get to donate half as much.
It's tempting because most of the time spent donating blood is in the waiting, plus I miss out on some opportunities because I have a cold or something. Double-red would let me be double-effective on days when I am healthy at a drive.
Around here they only typically do double-reds at the larger drives, and even then only every other drive, and at certain times of the day when they have full staff and time, since there's only one machine.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: June 2nd, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
That should read:
You can give twice as many platelets, but you only get to donate half as OFTEN. You get the same number of units a year, with half the trips to the drives.
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