Every couple of weeks I spend some quality time with an apheresis machine and the hilarious ladies at the NZ Blood Service. Seriously, those girls always seem to be having a ball. Must be all the good karma coming their way.
If you live in a main centre donating is as easy as calling 0800 GIVE BLOOD. After you have donated once, ask if you meet the requirements for plasma or platelet donation. It takes a little longer but isn’t any more uncomfortable and you can donate as often as every 2 weeks rather than three monthly with whole blood. The blood service needs plasma donors now as they are expecting a 30% increase in demand as more and more uses for the product are discovered. For more info, check out their website.
(Okay, preachy spiel over – I promise 🙂)
Anyways, whilst it doesn’t really hurt (the tiny finger prick is worse), donating plasma does involve 45 minutes of lying down in public so comfort is king. Today’s me-made pic is pretty uninspired but comfy as.