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Become a Plasma Donor, Save Lives and Earn Money

Updated on August 24, 2014

In my hometown, we have a large plasma donation center. Growing up, my girlfriends and I would pass by it on the way to the mall. The donation center always looked shady, and it was it was located in a bad spot in town. We would look the other way, make sure we were chatting with each other, and just not pay attention if someone makes cat-calls. We would look down and snub our WASP nose's at these normal, hard-working, good people. We compared donating plasma to prostitution; weren't both selling your body for money?

Isn't it amazing how humble we get in our time of need? People in car accidents don't turn down blood from those they look down on. Help is a good and positive thing, wherever you can get it. At donation centers you do get paid for your time, and the pain and effort. If you are healthy, don't take certain medications, weigh over 110 lbs., then you have a good chance that you can donate!

What changed my mind on donation was the day my Humvee hit an improvised explosive device (IED). I do not remember a lot what happened that horrible day,but I remember a set of wonderful Army medics that saved my life. I am here today because of those medics, the pilot, the surgeons, and the person that donated their blood and plasma for me. That person who donated their blood or plasma might have wanted to buy a CD, help make a car payment, do it as a good dead, they saved me. I am alive today, because I nearly lost half my blood supply. So, it doesn't matter why they did it, just that they did, and I am grateful.

Sadly, gay and lesbian people are not accepted currently because the Center of Disease Control believes there is a higher chance of becoming infected with HIV/Aids. With all the testing that takes place, the chance of anyone catching any infections or diseases are incredibly minimal. Years ago, before testing was as proficient as it currently is, there was a slightly higher chance of getting infected. There is a growing force of people pushing the CDC to change current policies because testing shows there is no higher chance of infection with the technology they use today.

The process likely differs from place-to-place, with each one having their own requirements. At the one I go to, the first day is the longest, so bring a book. They required a driver's licensee and a social security card, so call before you go. They do a full physical, and ask all sorts of lurid details of your sex life. Just be prepared, and be honest. The paper work and the physical will likely take a few hours. They take your blood pressure, your weight, and assigned a number along with your photo. You wait your turn until your name is called.

The technician asks which arm you want to use. I have noticed that my right arm produces plasma more quickly than my left. In fact, I could not donate the whole way three times with my left arm. It is just a trial-and-error kind of thing. If you are scared of the pain, it's not as bad as you likely think it will be. If you have ever had a kid, broke your arm, or received a tattoo, you have experienced worst. Plus, while it might not sound alluring, if you go enough, you will eventually develop a small scar. They will continue to use the scar, and the pain will lessen each time.

The amount of money you will be paid varies. Since I am vaccinated with anthrax and small pox, I might make $75 per time, and I can go twice a week.

If you are able to donate, please do so. You WILL be saving lives!


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      Yoleen Lucas 

      4 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Thanks for the info! I sold plasma once, over 30 years ago, and got really dizzy. Now I know why - I weighed 110 pounds at that time. Maybe I'll fare better this time.

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      Sp Greaney 

      4 years ago from Ireland

      I think it is a worthwhile cause and more people should do it.


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