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Has anyone ever donated platelets?

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#1 Kristy!


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    Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:34 PM

    I'm donating platelets for the first time tomorrow morning. My appointment is at 9:00 but then I'm leaving to go camping at 1:30. Are the effects afterwards any different from giving whole blood?

    #2 Kat81

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      Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:40 PM

      You will be more sore and probably bruised. It take you a little longer to regain your composure but you should be fine to go camping.

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      Posted 10 July 2008 - 03:00 PM

      My arms used to get sore, and a little black and blue - but I wouldn't call it bruised.

      For me, I actually prefer it to whole blood donation. Yes, it takes longer, but I always felt so much better after. And have them bring you juice or regular (non-diet) soda. The sugar really helps somehow.

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      #4 azhuskergirl

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        Posted 10 July 2008 - 03:02 PM

        Other than it taking longer, it wasn't any different than donating whole blood, IMO. Thanks for reminding me. I almost forgot that I have an appointment to donate tomorrow.

        #5 Kristy!


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          Posted 10 July 2008 - 03:44 PM

          Thanks girls. My SIL was telling me that her mom is completely drained when she donates platelets, so she freaked me out a little bit. I'm fine after donating whole blood, so I'm sure I'll be pretty much the same after this. I feel better!

          #6 Martha

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            Posted 10 July 2008 - 04:11 PM

            I did it once and hated it. Make sure you take a sweater because you will get cold. My arm hurt aferwards and I was a little weak. In all honesty, it was the longest hour of my life.

            Sign me up for whole blood any day!

            #7 Kristy!


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              Posted 10 July 2008 - 04:19 PM

              Thanks for the tip. At least I'll have a little car time to relax. I have to remember to bring a magazine or something.

              #8 JHarwood2Be

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                Posted 10 July 2008 - 05:55 PM

                Also, if you are going to be drinking, it might hit you a lot faster than usual.
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