Tuesday, August 22, 2006
I when to give blood yesterday and found out about the Red Cross’s Double red program. I was able to give two units of red blood cells and get all my plasma back. I got hooked up to a machine almost like a mini dialysis machine. It takes out a unit of blood separates the plasma from the red blood cells then returns the plasma through the same needle. It does this twice. It also gives you a unit of saline so you leave more hydrated than you came in, oh and did I mention that it uses a smaller needle that whole blood donation. Now instead of giving every 56 days I have to wait 112 to give again. It was cold receiving the fluids back through the IV after cooling below body temperature.For a list of when the red cross will be having a blood drive in your area check the Red Cross web site at www.redcrossdonor.org/events.asp and if you would like to give two units at once look for Double Reds available.
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