r/wholesomememes Dec 01 '22 Silver 2 Helpful 5 Wholesome 12 Ally 1 Narwhal Salute 1

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u/rat4204 Dec 01 '22 Silver Gold Bravo!

Being Florida Man I think it's only fair to ask Whose blood was he donating?

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u/Bee-and-the-Slimes Dec 01 '22

Considering you can only donate blood like every two - three months, I'm curious to know how many blood types he donated every week.

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u/MoistDitto Dec 01 '22

I'm only allowed to donate up to 4 times a year

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u/shield_battery Dec 01 '22

TIL donating plasma cycles the blood cells back to donor. I thought they took the whole blood and separated after.

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u/Moonpaw Dec 01 '22

Plasma "donation" centers also often pay their donors. It's not a lot, but its nice.

I used to donate. Originally got started cause I wanted to get over my fear of needles, and they use big honking needles for Plasma return.

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u/metallic_dog Dec 01 '22

In America at least paid donations of plasma can only be used in pharmaceuticals. Only unpaid donations can be used by hospitals.

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u/Snoo_53364 Dec 01 '22

It's still hard to wrap your head around though, since the human body only has around 5 liters (around 1.3 gallons) of blood iirc. I know it gets made, replenished, and cleaned, although 100 gallons is still a LOT.

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u/Meecus570 Dec 01 '22

About 4.5 years of twice a week donations

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u/brazys Dec 01 '22

I'm a donor with Red Cross (no pay) but they get whole blood. I've just reached a gallon in 2 years, can donate every 8 weeks.

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u/Alaska_Pipeliner Dec 01 '22

Wait what?!? I never knew that and I sold plasma for years. Those fuckers.

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u/jkalchik99 Dec 01 '22

To pick a nit, in the USA, you can only be paid for blood [products] where the end use will not be transfusion or implantation into a human body. (G/F has been a professional blood banker for 30 years.)

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u/Chrispeefeart Dec 01 '22

Really? Why the distinction?

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u/BWrqboi0 Dec 01 '22

In America at least paid donations of plasma can only be used in pharmaceuticals. Only unpaid donations can be used by hospitals.

I wouldn't expect anything else...

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u/beecityuk Dec 01 '22

Only in certain countries! In the UK it's very much illegal to pay for any sort of donation. My husband is a regular playlet/plasma donor and gets a cup of tea and a biscuit for his troubles.

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u/b_e_a_n_i_e Dec 01 '22

In Scotland we get a Tunnock's Tea Cake and a cup of tea when we donate. Worth every trip

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u/the_honest_liar Dec 01 '22

Oreos and orange juice in Canada.

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u/mddesigner Dec 01 '22

Nasty monsters. They should give milk with oreos!

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u/Calypsosin Dec 01 '22

Most donations of blood are just that, donations. We'll get some cookies and a drink, I usually go for cranberry/cranapple. Love that tart cranberry.

I've never sold plasma in the States, used to donate blood every 2 months until I started passing out during donations, they won't let you continue after that, so I could never end up giving a full unit. It's been a few years, I need to give it another go, I'm O-, they really need me to donate!

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u/nocatsonmelmac Dec 01 '22

If you're donating through Red Cross, try a Power Red donation. They only take the red blood cells, mix saline with the plasma and platelets and return that into the body. No dehydration after and O- red blood cells are the most needed!

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u/Saiyasha27 Dec 01 '22

In Germany you can get played for blood donation but only after the third time. I think they want to make sure that it isn't just a Quick cashgrab for people

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u/Trollz4fun Dec 01 '22

I huge scars from donating plasma. Never realized they used a "large bore IV" I was just an alcoholic college kids who needed extra money

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u/zytherian Dec 01 '22

Yeah, its why I cant actually do plasma transfers. My veins are a bit to weak to take the blood back, unfortunately, makes me extremely sick and dizzy.

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u/Clarkeprops Dec 01 '22

THAT is why I donate. For all the people that want to, but can’t. I’m an ideal donor, so I feel obligated to. I actually keep a tally tattooed on my arm, right next to my blood type.

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u/TheGrumpyre Dec 01 '22

I'm pretty sure they separate a lot of the whole blood too. But plasma can be used for a lot more things than the other parts of the blood. Since it's in the highest demand, it makes sense for people to just donate the extra plasma instead of getting a whole blood donation, extracting the plasma, and throwing the rest of the blood away

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u/sup3rmark Dec 01 '22

they don't throw the rest of the blood away, they part it out into various components which are all used for different things. plasma, platelets, and red blood cells can all be used individually.

  • plasma is used for patients with severe burns, really bad infections, or liver failure.
  • platelets are used for people undergoing cancer treatment or people undergoing surgery. (1 unit of platelets requires the platelets from 8 units of whole blood, while a single platelets-specific donation can yield 1-3 units of platelets.)
  • red blood cells are given to trauma patients, newborns, people with anemia, or people experiencing major blood loss.

in the US, platelets can be donated every 7 days, up to 24 times/year. plasma can be donated every 28 days. whole blood can be donated every 56 days.

https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/types-of-blood-donations/blood-components.html

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u/ExtremelyDefinite54 Dec 01 '22

For me I'm allowed to donate up to 3 times a year though

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u/Outside_Tadpole_82 Dec 01 '22

It's objectively funner thinking it was all someone else's blood though

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u/Yashirmare Dec 01 '22

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u/ryzewithme Dec 01 '22

The red cross allows whole blood donations every 56 days which is a 6 or 7 donations per year. Any amount helps tho

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u/MoistDitto Dec 01 '22

That is strange, as the red Cross website says that you may only donate 4 times a year in my country.

https://www.rodekors.no/gi-blod/informasjon/faq/

It is in Norwegian though

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u/mmm_unprocessed_fish Dec 01 '22

Yeah, it’s different in different countries and even by gender. I think women in some places can’t donate as often as men. I’m guessing for iron deficiency reasons.

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u/TriumphantHaggis Dec 02 '22

Yeah it's like that here (scotland). My boyfriend and I both donate blood but he's allowed to do it 2 weeks ish ahead of me iirc

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u/xDigster Dec 01 '22

If you are donating plasma, you can donate twice per month (at least here in Sweden). So that brings it somewhat close to every week. Don't if you can donate platelets in addition to that or if it's an either or situation.

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u/Soggy-Potential-5909 Dec 01 '22

Where I live you can donate plasma twice per week, but with blood it’s every 2 months/8weeks

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u/JacobNico Dec 02 '22

Same here. In the US you can donate plasma 8 times a month.

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u/Sethyria Dec 02 '22

Twice a week. Sometimes that ends up more than 8 a month. We get extra bonuses on 9th time a month and even bigger if there's a 10th available.

December can be a 10 donation month!

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u/Nonsenseinabag Dec 01 '22

There are uncommon conditions where some people produce too much blood and have to donate pretty frequently to stay healthy, the blood can sometimes be used in patients afterwards because it's still good blood, just too much.

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u/Genshi731 Dec 02 '22

Hemachromatosis requires blood letting to prevent excess iron from being deposited in organs and joints. I don't know if the blood is usable by other people, but it seems like it would be.

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u/noreallythank_you Dec 02 '22

It is usable! Blood banks love us. When my iron gets too high, I’m given a doctor’s note so I can donate once a week for a few months to bring the iron levels back down. The creation of new blood lowers the iron deposits.

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u/markher1 Dec 02 '22

So we just need to connect an IV into our veins and do a blood transfer. I don’t have enough iron. Make sure to take your vitamins first. I want it to be healthy! /s

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u/Nonsenseinabag Dec 02 '22

I worked at a blood bank some years ago and it seemed to be situational, person to person from what I remember. I did database work and there was a code for it being allowed to be processed normally.

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u/Cantthinkofcoolname2 Dec 02 '22

This is wild. I don’t even want to imagine what happens if they don’t get rid of it

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u/The_Lost_Google_User Dec 02 '22

Wild guess but I’m guessing they wouldn’t make it to adulthood

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u/skyeliam Dec 02 '22

People with hereditary hemochromatosis can survive to adulthood, even untreated (otherwise it would be pretty hard for it to inherited).

It will, eventually, destroy their liver, heart, and pancreas; but not before damaging their joints and turning their skin bronze.

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u/ivylass Dec 01 '22

You can donate platelets every week, up to 24 times a year. When you see these mega blood donors they're platelet donors.

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u/Marconi_and_Cheese Dec 02 '22

Thanks for clarifying this issue. I was only thinking about the full blood donation.

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u/Alarming_Flow7066 Dec 02 '22

Which is more impressive because donating platelets is a lot more time consuming.

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u/The_Mighty_Pato Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

You can donate platelets once a week, but only 24 times a year, so really more like once every two weeks if you spread it out over the year. But when you donate platelets you donate a smaller actual volume but a much larger effective volume, sort of. I think some donation centers might factor that into their calculations when they say someone donated x amount of gallons. I donate platelets for the Red Cross and when I open my app it says I’ve donated x “units” of blood. I’m sure if I did some digging or asked I could get a breakdown of what that means cause I donated whole blood for a number of years before switching to platelets. Also for platelets I don’t think they take the same amount from everyone (like they do with whole blood). I believe they calculate how much to take based on body weight, height and/or other factors. I think if two people walk in and one is calculated to only be able to donate let’s say 100 ml and the other is is calculated to be able to donate 150 ml those might both count as “1 unit” because they each gave as much as they were able to and ultimately if you are type of person willing to spend 3+ hours every other week in moderate discomfort to help some random person you’ll never meet you probably won’t give a shit that someone else who donated the same number of “units” as you actually donated less volume. They are doing their part and so are you.

Please don’t quote me on any of this. It’s all based on my own experiences and I haven’t really done too much digging. If I am wrong about any of this please don’t hesitate to correct me.

Edit: 26 to 24 and “twice a week” to “once every two weeks”

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u/billyjack669 Dec 01 '22 Take My Energy

Some guy’s.

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u/ewdrive Dec 01 '22

Thanks, Bender

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u/pineapple1347 Dec 01 '22

You cannot donate blood every week lmao

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u/AboutToSnap Dec 01 '22

Fun fact - you can physically donate once every few days and survive, but most donation centers like the Red Cross will only take you every 8 weeks.

Source: I have a rare bone marrow disorder that requires “donating” (they just toss my blood) every few weeks. I’m aware of one other patient who has to do this twice a week, but I’ve been a little more lucky so far.

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u/Duffyfades Dec 01 '22

Hemochromatosis? We will only allow donations every 8 weeks because it depletes the donor's iron stores. But obviously when the point is to deplete stores...

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u/AboutToSnap Dec 01 '22

Polycythemia Vera

Depleting iron stores is one of the goals

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u/JonnyBhoy Dec 01 '22

You can when it's already in bags.

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u/flavortownpolitics Dec 01 '22

Vampires love him

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u/wwaxwork Dec 01 '22

And was he getting paid for it?

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

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u/energy_engineer Dec 02 '22

Which is weird to me, since it's going to a system that makes people pay to get access to it.

My understanding for Red Cross donation is that the blood is free but the collection and testing isn't. They charge hospitals to cover the cost but what the hospital does afterwards is up to the hospital/insurance.

The red cross portions of are very reasonable but it disconnects the donor from the hospital 's markup.

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u/tarapotamus Dec 01 '22 Heartwarming

Thank you for donating blood!! Blood products saved my daughter's life while she battled leukemia and bone marrow transplant.

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u/treerabbit23 Dec 01 '22

RC emails me every time someone uses my blood.

Can't tell you how nice it feels to know you did someone a solid.

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u/tarapotamus Dec 01 '22

That's awesome, I always wondered if the donors knew. Sometimes the blood comes with little cards where you can send a msg of thanks and I always utilize those to make sure the person knows.

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u/Willing_Head_4566 Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

I don't receive notifications when my blood is used, but there are videos and interviews of receivers thanking donors in general, for me that's enough to know that my donations are useful.

Where I live, the blood stock is so low that I can only assume they use the blood I donate. The only two reasons I can imagine they wouldn't use it are: 1) if they lose it (and I don't think it happens, as I guess they're super cautious), or 2) if I have some serious disease that makes my blood unusable (but they screen the blood and notify immediately blood donors when they find an anomaly, so I would know if my blood was not used for this reason).

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u/Sirusi Dec 02 '22

Or possibly 3) You're type AB (I swear sometimes I go an entire month without seeing an AB patient), but then they'll probably call and ask you to donate plasma instead because it's the universal plasma donor. :)

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u/Willing_Head_4566 Dec 02 '22

Ah, yes, I forgot about the case of rare bloods! I'm A-, so not really concerned about that as a donor. On a side note, a few weeks ago I learned that very rare blood types may be frozen and stored for years, I find it quite insane and awesome, I wouldn't have imagined it was possible.

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u/sadi89 Dec 02 '22

I’m AB and I can tell banks are desperate when they start calling me to donate.

My grandfather on the other hand was O negative and overall a large dude. Blood banks had him on speed dial.

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u/FanofGraceforlife Dec 02 '22

As an O- donor, I always give double red cells. They shoot the plasma back into me. Amazing how it looks like beer. When it goes back in, it's quite the rush, my body tingles.

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u/UsualAnybody1807 Dec 02 '22

Thank you for doing that! I'm O+, but too small to donate double red. I always tell everyone to try to donate double red because, as I'm sure you are aware, one use is to help premature babies fight for life.

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u/mnilh Dec 02 '22

AB+ is actually the universal plasma donor! You have the best possible blood to donate plasma, which can also save lives.

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u/HenkVanDelft Dec 02 '22

Y’all making me tear up. People caring for strangers is a special blessing in a world where the news tends to emphasize the bad.

P.S. I can’t give blood because of the medication cocktail keeping me alive, so seeing all you selfless people assuages that.

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u/seablueglory Dec 01 '22

Whaaaat?!?! I used to donate blood 4 times a year, & I never got anything telling me my blood was used. Not like that's important info for me to know, but I totally would have used it to suggest my family into donating blood too lol. But they blew me up for my platelets.

Unfortunately, as my disease (not contagious, autoimmune, I'm not on the reject list! Lol) has worsened, I'm unable to donate blood anymore. The last 2 times were awful for me. It was awful once, & then I thought "it's just a fluke! I didn't have enough fluids or food in me before donating!" & I made sure to be SUPER prepared for the next donation... nope. Completely put me on my ass again. I was so sick and miserable afterwards.

It's been a few years since that, and I've put on about 15 pounds since (they were much needed pounds, I'm finally at a healthy BMI). I think it'd be safe for me to try 1 more time?

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u/mexicanjesuslovesyou Dec 02 '22

They added it in the last few years, and it only tells you what hospital it went to.

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u/noimneverserious Dec 02 '22

I still donate blood on the regular. I’ve never gotten anything like that. It would be cool though.

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u/mexicanjesuslovesyou Dec 02 '22

If you give with the american red cross, you can use the donor app to track your donation history, and "blood journey" that updates you with the steps to get it out and stage 5 should show the hospital. I just checked and mine has the hospital information all the way back to 2015, but they didn't emphasize it until a few years ago.

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u/noimneverserious Dec 02 '22

That is awesome. I give with my local blood bank but will see if there is a Red Cross donation center nearby. My sister has leukemia as a toddler. Blood donations helped save her life.

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u/bronwyntheadequate Dec 02 '22

I have a dysautonomic condition and my doctor has forbade me from giving blood. I have terrible veins and am a slow draw but was going pretty consistently, but as soon as I stopped and let my blood build back up it was like night and day healthwise.

Luckily the hubs literally sets speed records when donating and goes often enough that I feel like I’ve done my part by getting him involved in donating in the first place.

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u/2plus2equalscats Dec 02 '22

I’m in a similar situation. I donate platelets really well- they can usually get “more than average”. But I now battle anemia and required iron iv infusions after my last platelet donation. Oops.

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u/OneHumanPeOple Dec 02 '22

Red Cross App. I’ve saved 3 lives. Gonna go back and give more.

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u/Acidflare1 Dec 02 '22

How the fuck do you donate blood every WEEK without dying? Was he donating other people’s blood?

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u/MeadowBeam Dec 02 '22

Here’s an article about it. It says he switched to donating platelets, which can be donated more frequently

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u/tgande1951 Dec 02 '22

Platelets count towards your total donation

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u/NoBuddies2021 Dec 02 '22

Ty for the explanation, I initially thought he has a medical condition that allows him to replenish blood more faster than normal.

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u/falcon1009 Dec 02 '22

Hereditary Hemachromatosis. Iron builds up faster and the only treatment is blood draws. I hate needles but gave blood 19 times last year to get my levels back to normal.

It still took me years to get to that level though.

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u/AdminsAreLazyID10TS Dec 02 '22

Ironically, you can't (or aren't supposed to) donate with those conditions.

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u/Sirusi Dec 02 '22

Depends on the blood center. Red Cross says no since therapeutic phlebotomy is technically a "treatment." My local blood center says sure, we'll let you donate more frequently than normal as long as your doctor orders it.

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u/Marconi_and_Cheese Dec 02 '22

Yeah, I thought you could only donate every 8 weeks.

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u/carlos_6m Dec 02 '22

Blood is limited in my country to 4 times a year for men, 3 for women, but platelets every 15 days

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u/Heavypz Dec 02 '22

Or if you have Hereditary Hemochromatosis with a double C mutation. I have a C H mutation. Had to phlebotomy once a week for a few months to get my ferritin down. Now once every 8 weeks. They’ll draw more frequently with a script from your hematologist.

Fun fact- the ARC won’t accept my blood. Not because it’s bad. But rather their policy is to not compensate their donors, and because I need it medically- they consider it compensation. Stupid eh?

So I used to travel to RI blood center. They take it no issues and text me when they use it. Now they opened a center in Ct so I don’t have to drive as far!

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u/redwoman72 Dec 02 '22

Yeah, the math and logistics on 22 yrs x 52 weeks is sketchy.

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u/tarapotamus Dec 02 '22

All blood products are called blood generally! The other comment already answered your question but in a hospital it's all called "blood" until you get down to specifics.

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u/screamingcatto Dec 01 '22

I'm on the national bone marrow transplant donor list and just got contacted about being a potential donor for someone last week.

I'm super excited, I'm sure your daughter's donor was thrilled to help save your amazing daughters life.

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u/aliie_627 Dec 01 '22

I've been waiting since Jan 2020. Thats when i officially got registered with my swabs they sent me and i sent back.

How long did you wait? Just curious

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u/screamingcatto Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

I joined the registry towards the end of 2021 through Be The Match.

Ethnicity places a huge role in determining if a donor is compatible with a patient, and there is a severe shortage of non-white donors.

It's super quick, easy, and free. For anyone reading, please consider joining the registry.

Donating is so less scarier than any reading is probably thinking, and recovery time isn't bad either, and you make a full recovery too!

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u/mariposa314 Dec 02 '22

Thank you for your donation and thank you for encouraging others to donate as well! I'm a stem cell transplant recipient. I think about how crazy it is that there's a stranger out there who saved my life out of the goodness of his heart. I feel so grateful and I'm sure the person who you saved feels the same way. 😀

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u/EmptyKnowledge9314 Dec 02 '22

I just tried to register but I’m too old lol! First I got an invitation from AARP, then I find out I’m actually 5 years behind getting colonoscopies started. Now I’m too old to do another human a solid.

I’ve never cared at all about age but turning 50 kind of sucks.

///Thanks so much for donating you young whipper snappers! /// Adjusts onion belt and limps away slowly like an octogenarian

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u/carlos_6m Dec 02 '22

I joined over 10 years ago and I never got called, it's hard to match people, that's why it's so important that people join!

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u/nailpolishbonfire Dec 02 '22

Just so you know I signed up 8 years ago and haven't heard from them yet!

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u/2plus2equalscats Dec 02 '22

I’ve been on the registry since at least 2016, and I think it was closer to 2009. But I’m a common blood type and generic white person.

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u/tarapotamus Dec 02 '22

That's amazing! I'm going to get on the donor list as soon as I'm able to. My daughter ended up having really weird HLA typing and there were literally no donors that matched but we ended up finding some 12yo frozen stem cells in ohio that were still mismatched but we figured it was her best chance and they've truly been strong, amazing cells so far! There's some 12yo running around in Ohio somewhere with 0 idea that my daughter has their DNA in her bones now 😂 😭 😭 it's such an amazing and incredible process. It's mind blowing how it works, really.

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u/screamingcatto Dec 02 '22

I never knew about it until I got drunk one night and watched a full 3 minute ad on it 😭

I was like uh, why isn't everyone on this and ordered a swab and here we are! I'm amazed at the people who keep this funded and running.

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u/c-hinze57 Dec 02 '22

Congratulations! It’s a great process. I donated to a patient last summer and am donating bone marrow to another patient in January. If you have any questions about it, I’d be happy to answer

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u/FestiveOwl_34 Dec 01 '22

What a hero! Bringing joy of hope and of life

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u/alichoturqo Dec 01 '22

It’s the easiest way to do the most profound good. I gave for the first time last year and now I give every three months. I’ll give for the rest of my life or until I’m told to stop.

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u/BlueBlackKiwi Dec 01 '22

Sorry for the stupid question but isn't leukemia a terminal disease? Like can you actually survive?

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u/tarapotamus Dec 02 '22

Not a stupid question! You cannot survive it, however, it's a blood cancer, and blood is made in the bone marrow. The only long term solution is a bone marrow transplant. The patient will undergo chemotherapy for months followed by rounds of total body irradiation which kills (hopefully) every last bone marrow/immune system cell, and then you're injected with new donor cells and they set up shop in the bones and take over! It doesn't always work, and leukemia is very aggressive, but there's a chance! TBI usually will have it's own set of consequences down the road, and there's always a chance for reoccurring cancers but you can have a chance at a relatively typical life, though it does tend to carry a lowered life expectancy.

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u/Ranchette_Geezer Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

Our son had it. Thanks to a lady named Dr. Gertrude Elion, the recovery rate is now 85%. Not perfect, but better than the 10% it was before she started puttering around with drugs that have really long names.

I wrote her a thank-you letter, many years ago, with a picture of our son frolicking in the back yard. She wrote back thanking me for the picture. She said she got two or three dozen thank-yous with pictures of happy children every year, and she valued them more than she did her Nobel prize.

Our son had what sounds like an oxymoron, a "mild" case. He got thin on top, due to the chemo, but didn't lose all of his hair, and didn't need a bone marrow transplant.

Our son went into remission in 1994 and is still in it. You are not supposed to say "cured" with leukemia, just "in remission for xx years since xxxxx".

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u/Sure_Daikon4541 Dec 01 '22

I donated blood too but the demon didn't show up:(

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u/mildlyspider Dec 02 '22

Sorry I show up late to these things, I been on my eight legs all day

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u/Joyless85 Dec 01 '22

It’s Florida man. There’s a solid chance he was just bringing it in a gallon milk jug every week

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u/ToiletRollTubeGuy Dec 01 '22

His blood contained 18% PCP and 28% tomato juice. Those receiving his blood went on to become 'Florida men' themselves.

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u/Joyless85 Dec 01 '22

The old Jacksonville Bloody Mary? It’s a hell of a cocktail

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u/I_Got_Back_Pain Dec 02 '22

The Miami Milkshake

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u/qlz19 Dec 01 '22

Bah, they can filter all of that shit out.

Just don’t try to come in to donate any of that there gay blood. We don’t take it from no queers. Don’t want it spreading! /s

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u/ClimbsAndCuts Dec 01 '22 Silver Heartwarming

100 gallons is equivalent to 800 units. A donor can donate one unit every 8 weeks. Thus, it would take 800 units x 1 8 weeks/unit or 6,400 weeks. 6,400 weeks is 123 years NOT 22 years. Mistakes were made!

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u/dduin13 Dec 01 '22 Helpful

Correct, they always make that mistake on these articles. He donated plasma, which can be donated on a much shorter schedule than blood. Frustrating that they can’t use the correct term but still, kudos to the guy!

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u/kirbythegodofchaos Dec 01 '22

Nah they know. But saying he donated blood makes for a better title than donated plasma

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u/CarmenxXxWaldo Dec 01 '22

Where I live donating blood is donating blood, donating plasma is selling plasma.

Not that you can't donate plasma at the bloodbank (I've done it before), but that's just what people think.

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u/MyoglobinAlternative Dec 01 '22

This article here says that he's donating platelets, not plasma, which is actually a type of blood cell (just not red blood). They go to cancer patients a lot of the time.

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u/erynberry Dec 02 '22

At my local blood drive you can donate platelets once a week (there may be a yearly limit) and they always have gift cards and points to spend on prizes! It does take longer than donating blood though.

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u/labe225 Dec 02 '22

It also hurts me a lot more than whole blood. I wince every time they start pumping blood back in. Even without the pain, it just feels really fucking weird.

But on the flip side having all that blood pumped back into me means I don't feel awful afterwards. I donate whole blood and I'm writing off doing almost anything for the rest of the day. But I'm fine after platelets aside from the sore arm (which, despite hurting more during, doesn't hurt any longer than whole blood.)

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u/wolfgang2399 Dec 01 '22

Is that what my center calls a “double red” donation or that something different also?

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u/MoreNormalThanNormal Dec 01 '22

Double red is 2x red blood cells and 1x plasma. They use a machine to concentrate the red blood cells.

https://www.bloodcenter.org/donate/donating-options/double-red/

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u/Rude_Giraffe_9255 Dec 02 '22

I donate double red with Red Cross. You can’t donate as often as regular blood (“whole blood units”) donations.

I think maybe platelets only donations can go more frequently

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u/MoreNormalThanNormal Dec 02 '22

Me too. 8 weeks waiting period after whole blood. 16 weeks after double red.

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u/Jciesla Dec 01 '22

That's different, too. That's twice as many red blood cells but no plasma or platelets (or negligible amounts anyway)

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u/Shreklover3001 Dec 01 '22

Plasma is blood, so technically they did not make a mistake

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u/MrBanana421 Dec 01 '22

Blood does include the red bloodcells, which they give back for plasma donations.

Like saying water is fanta.

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u/AdTerrible2582 Dec 01 '22

Oh so he's not trying to help people he's just broke

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u/Nice_Rope Dec 01 '22

Nope, the company in the photo is OneBlood which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit company, not a 'plasma center'. He likely would have donated platelets or plasma regularly and would have been given snacks and a recognition item (t-shirt, cup, sunglasses). Recently blood centers in this area have also started giving their donors gift cards in the neighborhood of 20-40 dollars.

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u/CarefreeButterball Dec 01 '22

I donated blood then went to a birthday party. 2 drinks and I was blackout drunk, maybe he’s an alcoholic too

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u/Shreklover3001 Dec 01 '22

Alcoholic, but on a budget

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u/Jciesla Dec 01 '22

How's that? Just because you can sell plasma doesn't mean you can't donate it

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u/Duffyfades Dec 01 '22

Yes. Someone has to donate the plasma that is transfused to patients. Can't all be dealing with big pharma

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u/elfowlcat Dec 01 '22

Came here to say the same - if he’s donating every week, maybe it’s actually plasma, not blood?

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u/ClimbsAndCuts Dec 01 '22

Looks to be the case, which I had not heretofore considered.

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u/Rainbow_Poptart Dec 01 '22

I did the math cause I thought you were wrong, but nope you're right. The only discrepancy I have is I came up with 133 years not 123. My assumption is that it's safe to donate up to 6 times a year so 800 ÷ 6 getting 133.333 years. Safe to say that it's not possible

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u/ClimbsAndCuts Dec 01 '22

I kept the units at 52 weeks/year because every 8 weeks would be 6.5 donations per year, which is not realistic. What I totally spaced was the plasma angle! I have no idea how frequently a person can donate plasma but maybe the headline wod make sense with that correction.

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u/Snaggletooth13 Dec 01 '22

It’s probably platelets, not plasma but they are counted the same. More accurate would be 100 gallons filtered for platelets.

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u/Paraxom Dec 01 '22

was about to say i could've sworn that you're only allowed to donate like every 2 months so how in the hell is donating every week without basically needing to get that shit back instantly, not even polycythemia vera would cause that frequent of a blood donation

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u/DEPMAG Dec 01 '22

Whole blood can only be donated once every 42 days. Platelets every 10 days but there is a yearly cap, I can't remember what that is. Plasma twice a week.

Plasma is what everything is floating in. It gets replenished the fastest. Platelets are clotting factors and depending on your platelet count it can take a couple hours for one unit and platelets shelf life is only 5 days. With whole blood they will process it for just the red cells , packed red cells. They are what carries oxygen to your cells.

Curious. How many people here know what blood type they are?

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u/Consider_the_auk Dec 02 '22

This post should be higher up! I see people saying he donated plasma when the article clearly states it's platelets. I switched to donating platelets from whole blood years ago because I struggle with low iron and can't do without my red blood cells lol. Also lost a parent to lymphoma, and he had had so many platelet infusions, so I like being able to pay it forward. Have also had the privilege of donating blood stem cells. All blood donors rock though.

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u/DEPMAG Dec 02 '22

Good for you. I started doing phlebotomy at a blood bank. I don't have low iron but my body doesn't like giving up those red cells either. I donated platelets and they let us do it on the clock. It usually took me 2 hours for a unit of platelets.

How long did that stem cell donation take you?

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u/lxOFWGKTAxl Dec 01 '22

A+. Though my mom and dad's are completely different for some reason....

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u/Ok-Tank5312 Dec 01 '22

Florida being wholesome for once who would’ve guessed

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u/G0D_1S_D3AD Dec 01 '22

Yeah wholesome where the fuck did he get the blood so nice, what a great story

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u/magnanimous99 Dec 01 '22

It wasn’t his blood he was donating.

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u/Ok-Tank5312 Dec 02 '22

That would explain why he donated so much

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u/Specialagentjazz Dec 01 '22

Before I saw it was from wholesome memes I thought it was a joke post saying he donated 100 gallons of blood all at once and the joke implying that he is a serial killer.

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u/One_Hungry_Artist Dec 01 '22

Almost every week? If this is in the US, someone effed up. You can only donate every 8 weeks here. Good on him for donating, but this is crazy dangerous.

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u/bubblehashguy Dec 01 '22

They take a pint from me every other week. I have a blood disease/disorder though so yeah.

Hemachromatosis. Too much iron in my blood.

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u/Mac_Deane Dec 01 '22

Me and my family all got the same thing

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u/tommangan7 Dec 01 '22

In the UK it can when the iron is down below a certain level, they even get priority slots. I believe in the US the rules were recently relaxed to allow hemochromatosis patients to donate.

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u/dont-worry-bee-happy Dec 01 '22

i think in the article they specify it’s blood plasma he’s donating, not actual blood. annoying they phrased the title this way.

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u/Subtlefusillade0324 Dec 01 '22

Every week?! Lmao - whose??

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u/larmstr Dec 01 '22

Gallon?? Not possible. Not unless he’s bringing other peoples bodies there to be drained.

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u/FrozenInsider Dec 01 '22

It's florida, he probably brought in some gator blood or something similar.

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u/krukson Dec 01 '22

It's plasma. You can donate every week and it's bigger volume than blood.

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u/The_Doolinator Dec 01 '22

I hope he got the triple scoop for this!

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u/DabawDaw Dec 01 '22

Jokes on you. He was actually a reverse vampire!

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u/G0D_1S_D3AD Dec 01 '22

What a nice man I wish him the bes- realization

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u/SirGearso Dec 01 '22

When I read “Florida man donates 100th gallon of blood…” my mind immediately end it with, “…this week”

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u/Archidiakon Dec 01 '22

But when I bring 100 gallon jugs of blood they call me a monster

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u/Sprucey26 Dec 02 '22

This is not just whole blood. You can only donate every 56 days and it is 8 units of blood per gallon. That would be 17+ gallons of whole blood in 22 years. This guy is donating platelets as often as he can would be my guess. 100 gallons of total blood products is absolutely incredible. Considering it’s a 2-4 hour process for platelets. Thank you sir, you are a hero!

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u/Pig_peee Dec 01 '22

That’s like a lot of blood that’s like 70 full humans worth of blood or something

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u/Rupert80027 Dec 01 '22

This dude has probably saved more lives than many fictional superheroes. Wholesome Florida Man indeed.

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u/LesbianLoki Dec 01 '22

... I'm not allowed to donate more than once in a 60 day period.

How is this possible?

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u/SkyShazad Dec 02 '22

WARRIOR ❤️

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u/ExpertAccident Dec 01 '22

How is this possible? You can’t donate every week as far as I know.

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u/Eclipse_Private Dec 01 '22

They meant plasma. Which can be donated every week. Source: donating rn

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u/Sea-Ability8694 Dec 01 '22

Slay good for him :) I’ve donated blood a couple times but I struggle to donate bc my iron is low :/

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u/bubblehashguy Dec 01 '22

My iron is high. They take a pint from me every other week to lower it.

Wanna trade some blood? Lol

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u/Sea-Ability8694 Dec 01 '22

If I take half ur blood and u take half my blood would our iron be normal

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u/UnresolvedInsecurity Dec 01 '22

The vampires thankyou for your service.

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u/Far-Wolf1795 Dec 01 '22

Don’t you have to wait like 3 months before donating again?

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u/MasterFigimus Dec 01 '22

Is donating once a week healthy?

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u/Consider_the_auk Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

It's fine if you're donating either platelets or plasma. Platelets, which is what the article says he donated, can be given every seven days up to 26 donations per year.

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u/forlornjackalope Dec 01 '22

Good Guy Florida Man

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u/bliip666 Dec 01 '22

Is this possible?

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u/itsyaboiuhnhbelansky Dec 01 '22

Finally a Floria man report that’s genuinely wholesome

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u/My-Balls-are-Itchy Dec 01 '22

Kinda fucked up they just left it in a pile for pictures instead of giving it to people who need it

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u/MangakaInProgress Dec 01 '22

can you donate every week? I thought it was once every 6 months

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u/HSdoc Dec 01 '22

I'm sure there's a law against this you cannot donate every week.

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u/RamsOmelette Dec 01 '22

The Florida man to redeem them all

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u/doodlerscafe Dec 02 '22

Awesome dude thank you for saving lives. Imo people should get paid for their blood. The insurance companies are not struggling for money and they certainly do not dispense it freely.

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u/broaderson Dec 02 '22

Gigachad would be an understated term

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u/cantamangetsomesleep Dec 02 '22

Florida man can be wholesome too

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u/curiouspeter_14 Dec 02 '22

Kudos, my dad was a lifelong donor.