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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.



Jul. 5th, 2005 07:40 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.
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
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.