Plasma Donation

United States
January 14, 2008 11:24am CST
Do any of you donate plasma? Do you like doing it? I love it cause I get paid to relax...
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27 responses
14 Jan 08
yes, I donate blood. At least I try to. The last couple of times I've had problems... which is odd because my doctor (after doing a quick local anaesthetic surgery to remove an old implant in my arm) said I bled more than anyone she had ever operated one before... it was everywhere! I'm also on the bone marrow donars list. I get no ill effects after donating, and it really annoys me that I have to sit down and rest for ten minutes. I'm fine! Lying down and doing nothing is boring and the lights are too bright, the bed uncomfy... bah.
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• United States
14 Jan 08
They don't make you sit when you donate plasma where I go, just send you on your way, which I like because I got stuff to do!
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14 Jan 08
what are the differences between donating blood and plasma? I thought syaing plasma was just a way of saying blood without the b-word that scares so many people.
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• United States
14 Jan 08
Heh no.. blood is made of the plasma and the blood cells.. so when you donate blood they take all of it. When you donate plasma they take just the plasma part (which is basically the liquid that the blood cells are in) and they put the blood cells back into your body.
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@Carrie26 (1587)
• United States
14 Jan 08
I used to before I was married and had kids.They have one about an hour away from where I live but cant seem to find the phone number although I did find the address doing a search because the website wouldnt come up.I dont like the big needles though.Left big scar holes in the crease of my arms.But that is to be expected if you do it alot.It was easy money though.I am considering doint it again.I always used to have problems with my protien being low so I couldnt donte some times I never had a problem with my iron though.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
14 Jan 08
I have never sold Plasma..What do you do to donate? It it helping others? I would not mind donating if it were used to help someone..Please explain how it is done and where you get it done and what does it do to help others.I have really never heard of it before, just donating blood is all that i have done...
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
14 Jan 08
Im sorry i did not realize you were talking about donating blood, when you said plasma, my mistake.
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• United States
14 Jan 08
No, I am not talking about donating blood. When you donate plasma they give you back your red blood cells, so you can do it a lot more often than donating blood. Anyway, they do use it to help people. Here is the website for the place I donate to: http://www.biolifeplasma.com/ which explains it better.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 Jan 08
I used to donate blood as in give it away for free. But now I have health problems and medication for my Blood pressure, so they probably won't take it. This past year, we just had a place move in that takes it and pays you. I liked to do it because people need blood and it might be me. But I didn't like that I would often pass out or come close to it. Take care
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I have never donated plasma, but I have donated blood for free. Does it pay very well to donate plasma? How long does it take to do it and how often can it be donated?
• United States
30 Jan 08
The first time you do it in a week you get $20, the second time you get $40, and you can donate twice a week. That's how it is here anyway. It takes about an hour for most people, but I have little veins so it's more like an hour and a half.
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
31 Jan 08
So, you can make about $60.00 a week for donating twice, right or am I mistaken on that?
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@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
2 Feb 08
I've donated whole blood and platelets, but never just the plama. And I am also in Canada - so no getting paid for donations.
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• Canada
5 Feb 08
Some plasma clinics in Canada will pay you. There's a private clinic in our city - but only certain blood types and candidates are eligible to donate.
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• United States
15 Jan 08
when i was younger i use to give it 2 times a week then they paid you 15.00 . now my daughter gives and she gets 30.00 the first time and 40.00 the 2nd time.I was thinking of doing it again i am 45 and i dont know what the age cut off is now
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• United States
21 Mar 08
My mom is 51 and still donates all the time! I go with her, although I can only donate whole blood. Go with your daughter...It's a great bonding experience. :)
@milagre (1272)
• Portugal
2 Feb 08
Never didnt coz i dont have enough weigh, if i could i would. But in my country you dont get paid for blood or plasma donation, you do it for free.
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• United States
21 Jan 08
i would,but most times i'm told i'm anemic. i don't think they'd allow me to donate? they have bone marrow drives up here sometimes too.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
20 Jan 08
No I do not donate my plasma, not that I haven't tried because I have but they said I am not able to due to health reasons. I have high blood pressure,low blood sugar, and asthma and other problems. I would love to but cannot. My brother though is able to, he donates twice a month I believe. And he also does it for the money and he says he likes it cause he gets to relax in a big recliner and watch movies.
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
18 Jan 08
I have never donated blood or plasma, as you call it. I have wanted to but because for 5 years I had to go through HIV testing because I had surgery back when the scare was, I had blood transfusions. So Now that that is all over, thank goodness, I probably can now. I may just chek into it to see if I am eligable to donate. Thanks for the reminder.
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
16 Jan 08
We have blood donations in Australia. It is illegal to receive payment for blood donations here. I dont donate blood because the clinic is not near enough to where I live.
• United States
15 Jan 08
DO you donate plasma only because you get paid? I think if one is to donate plasma or blood one should do it out of the goodness of their heart and if you get paid then that is the extra bonus. I use to give blood until I got to sick to donate.
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
15 Jan 08
I thought it was no longer legal to pay people for blood or blood products in the U.S. I donate blood regularly, though I don't really get paid as such, but the blood center does offer benefits like store gift cards, etc. if you make a certain number of donations in a few months. And of course, there's the free jellybeans, cookies, and juice. ;-)
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
14 Jan 08
I've never done it before but have heard of people doing it. If I knew where I could do it and get paid I think I would consider it but around here it's all 'donations' which means for free, you don't get paid.
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@carolscash (9501)
• United States
15 Feb 08
I have never done this as I am scared of needles. Howeer, my brother used to do it all the time. He never seemed to mind it much. What made you start doing it? He just done it for the money.
@Marcola (2776)
• United States
13 Mar 08
I'm just like your brother, except I'm getting tired of going in there with a high pulse all the time. I want them to hurry up with it all and get my money.
@daryljane (3439)
• Philippines
14 Jan 08
I havent tried that one yet, but a good freind in Indiana said thats what she do to make money...i think its a good way to earn money rather than stealing!
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• United States
14 Jan 08
Oh, I still steal. Oooonly kiddinggg
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26 Apr 08
I just started donating this last week, we get $15 first time in a week and $25 for the second time so we get $40 a week. Nice. Do you end up with a "scar" from the needle hole or do they (the staff) alternate arms each time to reduce the scaring? Just curious.
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@quatelmon (955)
• United States
20 Mar 08
In NYS, you can't get paid for your donations. I can only donate whole blood, since the stuff they pump back into you during plasma donation is citrus based, and I'm allergic to citrus fruits! LOL I donate my blood as often as I'm allowed. I do it because I feel like, as poor or as down as I ever am, I can always give something back. It's for these same reasons that I donated my hair to Locks of Love. Although they don't pay me to donate my blood, they usually give you something little, like recently it was tickets donated by the Bronx Zoo, or a $10 gift card to Target. I love helping others, even though I hate needles!!! Plus, everyone's always nice to you after you donate blood! LOL
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
15 Feb 08
I've donated blood several times, but I've never tried donating plasma. I've been thinking about giving plasma though, cause it would be nice to have the extra cash and help people out at the same time.
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