After an enforced ten year “break” I’m finally able to give blood again. Instead of giving whole blood, which I used to do because it’s much quicker, I’ll be giving platelets. Here’s an excerpt from the appointment confirmation email explaining what excites me about giving platelets:
Platelets are our hospitals most needed component. They are often used to treat cancer patients and more specifically leukemia patients.
It can take more than 6 Whole Blood donors to provide the same amount of platelets collected from a single platelet donation.
Since many of the patients receiving platelets already have weak immune systems its best that they receive transfusions from a single donor, which can only be achieved through a platelet donation.
You can give platelets every two weeks, and it takes about 90 minutes to do. Also, because it’s more of a “procedure” most places don’t take platelet donations as walk-ins – you need to schedule the appointment. But if you’re able to do it, it will make a tremendous difference for someone.