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October 23, 2011 10:20 AM
I want to know what you guys think of donating plasma/blood. Since my brother has been diagnosed with Leukemia my family has been very adamant about donating blood but since I am anemic they don't always want mine. I have been contemplating donating plasma instead, but I want to know what everyone else thinks. Pros/cons? I know that some places compensate for plasma donation but I don't really care about that stuff
  1412333
October 23, 2011 10:24 AM
The needle is REALLY big, and it can take hours. You can do it twice a week at most places, and yes, some places will pay, but then it's not really donating. But it's always good to know you may have helped save someone's life.
October 23, 2011 10:25 AM
I read that most of the plasma donated doesn't go to patients, it goes to pharmaceutical companies who profit off of it (which is why they pay you). That's neither here nor there, though. If you wanna donate, donate. I tried once and they wouldn't take mine because I have "too much protein". I'm not sure how, as I had been a vegetarian for two years by that time, but whatever.
  2168946
October 23, 2011 10:26 AM
Pros - you just might save a life. You get free snacks. Instant weight loss.

Cons - ummm none. Oh wait, it takes about 45 minutes.

I've never done plasma, but I do whole blood at least twice a year.
  650371
October 23, 2011 10:29 AM
QUOTE:

I read that most of the plasma donated doesn't go to patients, it goes to pharmaceutical companies who profit off of it (which is why they pay you). That's neither here nor there, though. If you wanna donate, donate. I tried once and they wouldn't take mine because I have "too much protein". I'm not sure how, as I had been a vegetarian for two years by that time, but whatever.


It only goes to pharmaceutical companies if you're getting paid for it. If you go the American Red Cross or Lifesouth, it helps save lives.
October 23, 2011 10:30 AM
I used to work for the Canadian Blood Services and I know that both blood and plasma donations are ALWAYS greatly needed. Donating blood is not a big deal at all, I do it often, it doesn't take long, the needle isn't that bad, you don't feel anything and you should feel fine right after. If I were you I would start off by donating blood if you haven't before and then move on to plasma next time, if you're still interested. Either way it's a great way to give back and one blood donation can save up to 3 lives! Do it!! happy
October 23, 2011 10:32 AM
my boyfriend donates to help pay for food and stuff

pros:
you get paid up to 200 dollars a month
your helping people
it helps you eat better because your blood gets tested and you have to have less fat etc to donate


cons
you look like you shoot up drugs :p
it can scar you arm
you have to have physicals and it takes 2+ hours to donate
if your smaller its harder
it can make you faint/ light headed
lots of "weird" people there ( i live in a huge town, mostly drug addicts donate)
the people taking it from you could be enexperienced
this could lead to a poping of the vain
swelling up like a tenis ball (no joke) and then you only get half the money
popping the vain and bruising all the way up your arm. this leads to you looking like a drug addict again.
you cant go to the bathroom during the entire wait
if your blood is to fatty, not enough proteine etc when you go you cant donate
you get asked embarrising list of questions every time you go. exp: have you had gay sex recently?
if they have to reinsurt the needle its HORRIBLE pain. like make you cry pain

this being said, dont be scared. its not that bad and most times it turns out fine. its something you have to get used to. my boyfriend dosnt find it so bad to do twice a week. if its somehting you want to do i would say try it! your reasons for doing it are far better then ours :] good luck
Edited by xHelloQuincyx On October 23, 2011 10:40 AM
  3667914
October 23, 2011 10:32 AM
I donate platelets regularly. I have known several people who would not be alive now without blood donors. There is no realistic synthetic substitute for blood products at this time. It's fast (15-45 min for whole blood, 70-90 for platelets with a movie to watch) and you get juice and cookies after! There is no reason why healthy people can't give blood, and it really does save a life!

My only question -- how many calories does it burn? laugh laugh laugh laugh
October 23, 2011 10:33 AM
Do it at a hospital or a place like Red Cross. I've gone to the places that pay. They're really rude. I couldn't give because my veins aren't prominent enough. You don't want to go to the places that pay. The people are desperate for money and it brings in a certain type of person. All the ones here are located in a suspicious part of town. The people that work there aren't very professional and you could be waiting for hours before someone even gives you the time of day.
October 23, 2011 10:33 AM
I was reading some reviews that people posted on the google map for the donation place near me and some are saying that they passed out! Is that because they didn't drink enough water? I know that people who post reviews either had HORRIBLE experiences or super great experiences, never just neutral. So I don't really take those to heart but do people really pass out?
  1412333
October 23, 2011 10:33 AM
I donate blood every 56 days, which is the length of time you have to wait between donations (in Canada). Also, no payment for donations in Canada, either. All voluntary.

I find it very fulfilling, knowing that my simple actions are savings lives. I have donated platelets before, too, but have been donating whole blood for the past couple of years. Just hit my 45th donation yesterday.

I'd say go for it. You could save a life.
October 23, 2011 10:36 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I read that most of the plasma donated doesn't go to patients, it goes to pharmaceutical companies who profit off of it (which is why they pay you). That's neither here nor there, though. If you wanna donate, donate. I tried once and they wouldn't take mine because I have "too much protein". I'm not sure how, as I had been a vegetarian for two years by that time, but whatever.


It only goes to pharmaceutical companies if you're getting paid for it. If you go the American Red Cross or Lifesouth, it helps save lives.


not true Bio Life pays but is non profit funded by other places.
check this out
http://www.biolifeplasma.com/html/about_biolife/who_we_are.html
^this was a really nice well kept place. i moved to a huge city and all the places here are nasty
  3667914
October 23, 2011 10:36 AM
First of all, I'm sorry about your brother's diagnosis. Leukemia just took the life of a young man in my hometown. Blood diseases SUCK! I pray for healing for your brother and peace and comfort for him and your family.

Secondly, I love, love, love donating through the American Red Cross Apheresis (plasma/platelets) program. The needle isn't that big, but it does take quite a while to donate. Count on about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The Red Cross doesn't pay for your "product" but you know 100% of it is being used for people like your brother who desparately need clean white blood cells. The machines take your blood out, spin it so that the plasma, platelets and red blood cells separate, skim off the plasma and/or platelets and then put the rest back. The Red Cross can often times tell you who the recipient of your product is -- well, not specifically, but something like "a 12 year old boy with Leukemia" -- if you want to know. It's very gratifying to know you're helping someone in a life-saving way.

No cons that I can think of!

Peace,
Loree
  9910435
October 23, 2011 10:37 AM
QUOTE:

I was reading some reviews that people posted on the google map for the donation place near me and some are saying that they passed out! Is that because they didn't drink enough water? I know that people who post reviews either had HORRIBLE experiences or super great experiences, never just neutral. So I don't really take those to heart but do people really pass out?


well first they take a tun of blood out of you. then you have to pump your hand (like your using a stress ball) and it seperates the blood out of it, takes the plasma and puts the blood back in you. now that could very easily make you sick. it all depends on the person i suppose
  3667914
October 23, 2011 10:47 AM
Start drinking water a few days before you go, it helps the blood flow and your veins won't be restricted, fainting isn't common but definitely make sure you're hydrated!! (the regular 8 cups a day is fine)
October 23, 2011 10:51 AM
We donate to the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. I donate blood because I'm 0- and a universal donor. My husband donates plasma when they tell him they need it. No cons that I can think of.

Sorry to hear about your brother. frown
October 23, 2011 1:02 PM
I have donated plasma. If you do what they say, drink plenty of water & not much soda, watch certain things that you eat you should be fine. I never passed out - never even felt light headed. I did have to stop though, because of my veins. They can be very hard to get to. I have to be poked multiple times almost every time I even get blood taken so it was just a hassle. The first time took the longest but it wasn't really bad after that. My fiance also gave plasma. He hasn't given any in 4 yrs & he still has the scar on his arm where they took plasma from the same spot every time.

I have seen more than a couple people fainting while I was waiting for my fiance to get done. So just make absolutely sure you drink lots of water starting a few days before and no soda the night before or day of donating.
Edited by leynak On October 23, 2011 1:04 PM
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February 7, 2013 2:47 AM
How many calories in a plasma donation? This question has been driving me NUTTS. Seems like no one knows. Tonight I found this site. http://www.maynardlifeoutdoors.com/2010/09/calories-in-human-blood_15.html?m=1 I don't know if its right but its something right? I think personally i'll round out my donations as -100 calories in my log.

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