“You can be even more special” – by donating plasma & platelets.

Trima Accel Blood collection machine Don’t just donate blood, donate plasma instead!

Plasma makes up to 13 life saving products, used to treat a range of medical conditions including hemophilia, liver and kidney disease.  And you can donate plasma more often, every 2 to 4 weeks, as opposed to 12 weeks for red blood cells.*

The downsides:

  • I tend to feel washed out afterwards, but that is gone after a night’s sleep.
  • If you get an inexperienced nurse, you end up a pin-cushion, just like regular blood donations.
  • the “gottagopee” feeling, which occurs five minutes after being strapped in.

The upsides:

  • free milkshakes
  • free party pies.

* – yes, I have been reading propaganda at the Red Cross again.

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