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The Red Cross called me last week. This is not unusual.

They asked me to do a directed donation of platelets. They found a match for me, and wanted my specific platelets. This is unusual. I haven't donated platelets in 8 years. The simple fact that they determined that itty bits of my blood would be good for a particular individual after that long is darn nifty.

I went through hell finding the donation center. After I walked in, the director walked past and said, "You look like you had a rough time. Anything I can get you?" I replied instantaneously, "Bourbon!" No luck, though. My request was seconded by my phlebotomist, who said, "Good idea. We could use some Knob Creek 'round here."

It was more or less SOP since the last time I donated. They put needles in both my arms, set me up with a movie (I didn't see the whole thing, but I deliberately picked one that wasn't high on my priority list to pay attention to) and it took about an hour and a half from the time they prepped me until I was done. I got cold, but they had blankets.

Not too shabby. Normally I help 700 patients a day. Yesterday I helped 701.


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Sep. 10th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
I still haven't tried a platelets donation yet. I meant to ask about that on Sunday, since the center in Columbia (which I've recently switched to for my donations) seems like a good place to do it.
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
The seats were comfortable, and I watched a good chunk of Star Trek: Nemesis. I don't have as much free time as I did 8 years ago, but it seems that I have enough platelets...which I didn't, 8 years ago. I tended to run lower than acceptable. *shrugs* I'm okay with being an underachiever on something.
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
ST:Nemesis? I'm so sorry.

The seats and staff seem better at Columbia than down the street from my office in Alexandria; and the platelets donation thing sounds like it takes too much time for me to simply run out and do on my lunch break. A weekend morning in Columbia would work, though.

EDIT: Of course, Q and I might finally get those wedding ring tattoos we've discussed from time to time for several years now, thus removing me from the donor pool for a year...

Edited at 2008-09-10 09:11 pm (UTC)
Sep. 11th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
ST:Nemesis? I'm so sorry.

I specifically chose something I didn't care if I finished. I didn't think it was that bad, but it wasn't something that made me say to them, "Wait! I need to stay for the end!"

You can call the Red Cross and find out what times the various centers do platelet donation. They mostly have evening hours (e.g. 12-7pm), so you may or may not be lucky with that sort of planning. It is absolutely not a lunch break thing - you have the same checkin procedures as for whole blood that take 15-30 minutes, depending on how busy they are, and then the donation takes 90 minutes or so. I imagine that if, unlike me, your platelet count is above normal, it might take less time. I don't know, having never donated as anyone but myself.

Yeah, you could get those wedding ring tattoos. But then you'd always be invisible, and how would Richard find you?
Sep. 11th, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
I have no idea what my platelet count is. I guess this is one way to find out. Can you bring your own movie, or do you have to choose from their selection?

Believe me, Richard would find a way. Sense of smell, or he'd develop sonar, or something. Weasel.
Sep. 11th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
You can bring your own movie. Columbia simply has portable DVD players, and they put earphones over your ears. I don't know if you could get away with watching porn, but some of the movies in their selection were ones I recognised as having nudity in them.

Your weasel boy would certainly find some way of ferreting out your location, yes.
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