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Give 'til it squirts

I just gave blood. For the first time (for me), they let me give two units rather than just one. They pheresed the red cells out and gave me some of my plasma and platelets back, so I'm not more volume depleted than normal. Of course, I can't give again until October, but I think it's darn nifty.

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drmellow
Jul. 1st, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
I did that once -- I guess it was a few years ago. I loved it -- it was really cool for the plasma to come back in my body. They told me that you actually leave with more volume than you came with, 'cause they pump in some saline, too.
drmellow
Jul. 1st, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, yeah. Here we go -- I did a double-red cell donation on September 10, 2003.
sethcohen
Jul. 1st, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
Why not since then?
I used to do platelet pheresis. Cool, indeed...the volume of saline and sodium citrate made me so cold I needed a blanket.
drmellow
Jul. 1st, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Why not since then?
I still donate on a regular basis -- I'm scheduled to donate on Tuesday, actually -- but they haven't asked for a double-red cell donation since then. I guess my blood (Type A) isn't special enough that they want to hoarde it.
paigedayspring
Jul. 1st, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
YOU are nifty!
One of these days (after my nose stops being the headwaters of an unpleasant river) I will give blood.
sethcohen
Jul. 1st, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: YOU are nifty!
Yeah, anemia is a good reason to not give blood.

Speakin' of which, since I gave blood, anemia drink. Guess I should go home for the weekend. :)
neilfein
Jul. 1st, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
Good for you!
sethcohen
Jul. 3rd, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I currently find myself having trouble climbing stairs. I guess I just don't have enough oxygen-carrying capacity right now. This too shall pass...it takes a few days for erythropoeitin production to go up high enough to convince the body that more red cells are needed. At least I have an excuse to eat red meat! 8^)
gingy
Jul. 1st, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
You know, I was just thinking today about the time I was heading to lunch and you were coming back from giving blood, and I was so proud of you. So many people who CAN just don't. It's silly.
sethcohen
Jul. 3rd, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
It's been a rough year
I hadn't given blood since December. Every time I turned around since that point, if there was a blood drive, I had a cold. Luckily, the weather seems to finally have decided that summer's here. I haven't had a cold in a few weeks.
black_op
Jul. 4th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for donating Seth
I've been giving blood + plateletts since I was in High School. The major reason I haven't gotten my tattoos yet is that when I do so I won't be able to donate for a year. If you know any people who'd be willing to 'sub' for me let me know. Hope you and yours are having a good 4th of July!
allah_sulu
Jul. 5th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
I give regularly, the normal one unit at a time. Never tried platelet pheresis, and this is the first I've heard of double-red cell donation.
sethcohen
Jul. 5th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
Pheresis
I get the impression (after hearing drmellow mention his donations) that they don't roll out the machines for every blood drive. *shrugs*

Platelet pheresis is nifty, but only if you have a couple of hours to spare. They hook you up, let you watch a movie, give you a blanket, and let the machine run. You can do it every two weeks, assuming your normal platelet count is above 150K. Mine fluctuated between 140-160K, so after succeeding half a dozen times in a row, and failing a few times after that, I decided they'd get a better bang for their buck by my giving whole blood. After all, they sometimes don't figure out until after you've been there two hours that they're not getting a whole unit of platelets from you. My brother's counts are twice mine, so he can give regularly.
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