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September 22, 2006

Bloooooooood!

Rob @ 7:44 AM

I gave blood yesterday, and it was my first time donating via apheresis instead of just giving whole blood. It was pretty fascinating..

WARNING: Don't click any of the links in this post if you're not into the sight of blood or medical equipment. They're photos of blood donation.

Apheresis is the process of drawing out blood, separating out the parts they want to keep (in this case red cells and platelets,) and returning the rest of it back to the donor along with some saline solution.

They tapped a vein with a line that, instead of leading to a normal blood bag, led to a machine that looked like nothing more than the bastard child of a Mr. Coffee and an ATM. The machine then drew blood as normal for a while.

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Then, the interesting bit.. it gave me this clear stuff back, reportedly my plasma and white cells, with a dash of saline added. It was a strange feeling, and I'm pretty sure I had the taste of plastic in the back of my mouth.

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It cycled like this, drawing and replacing, about four times. Apparently, this allowed me to basically donate double the good stuff I normally would have. It was a really interesting experience, and the blood bank people say it's the wave of the future.

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I took one last pic of the gadget when all was finished, because I am a nerd.

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I, for one, welcome our new robot vampire overlords.

2 Responses to “Bloooooooood!”

  1. Joes_Amy says:

    Congrats for donating!

    I should do that, considering I took 8 units of someone else's blood back in March. Might be nice to give some of it back.

  2. C4bl3Fl4m3 says:

    Dude, that's awesome.

    Thanks for donating 2x the good stuff. I can't donate. They won't let me.

    Because I've had sex with men who have had sex with men since 1980something, I'm automatically ineligible to give blood.

    Men who have had sex with men are also banned.

    Something HAS to be done about this. ESPECIALLY because all blood is tested for AIDS before it's ever given out. Thanks for the pics!

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