This evening I went to my local Blood Bank and gave a gift of life. It was not the usual blood donation, but an Apheresis donation. In an apheresis (ay-fur-ee-sis) donation, from the Greek “to take away,” donors give only select parts of the blood — platelets, plasma, red cells, white cells, or a combination of these. Apheresis is most commonly used to collect platelets and plasma.
My platelet count is nice and high so when I go I say, “Super Size Me!” I donate a Triple amount and it takes about 2 hours. To pass the time, there is a TV (which usually has lots of Negative News), so I either bring a book, bring my iPhone, or just take the time to relax. There is nothing like having to stay put for 2 hours without any method of ‘escape’. It is nice to know that when I am there, I can relax and just veg out.
Of course, when I am doing this, it is a completely selfish-less activity. I have no idea who will get my platelets, I do not get paid for my time. The only remuneration I get is the Lorna Doone cookies followed by some apple juice! I go every month, sometimes I fit in an extra session if I have the time. Friends ask me why I do it and without thinking, I say, “Why Not?”
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