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Old 02-26-2013, 01:39 PM
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I've been thinking off and on the past couple of months about giving plasma. I don't know about the rest of the country, but around here, you get $200 for giving. I have a few friends who've done it. I could use the extra money while I'm unemployed in school.

Here's the catch: to say I'm super squeamish is an understatement. I pass out every time I have blood drawn or get a shot, and if they lay me down, I just start hyperventilating and almost fall out on the chair. I passed out once in high school during a history lecture on Civil War amputation. I can't watch TV or movies with any amount of gore (well, I can, but I have to close my eyes and ears during gross parts) otherwise I feel like I'm going to puke and get lightheaded.

I've been working on desensitizing myself to blood, and on a good day I can watch gore for about a minute or so. Last time I got blood drawn, I still hyperventilated, but this time 2 years ago I also had the same reaction to gynecology exams, but not anymore (hurray!).

From what I hear, giving plasma is so much, much, much worse than giving blood. For those of you who've done it, is there any hope for me? Or do you think the amount of work that it would take to get me there surpasses the benefits of being able to do it?
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:06 PM
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If you're making $200 doing it, I would try!!

Here, I get $40 a week for donating. I've done it 4 times now. It is not much worse than giving blood as far as the procedure goes, but there are tubes and machines around that show your blood pumping in and back and yada yada... and you have to actively squeeze your fist to get it to keep moving. It takes at least an hour for most people. My quickest time has been about 50 minutes, and at the end most places send a solution to re-hydrate you or something (saline I want to say it is?) back in your arm and it's very cold and a little uncomfortable.

It's no walk in the park, but for $200 I would sure be trying if I were in your shoes! lol.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:10 PM
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I have given blood "traditionally" (like through the Red Cross or whatever) various times, and I was always completely fine with it. No nausea, no headaches, no nothing. I got my cookies/sandwich/juice/whatever afterwards and I was fine.

I gave plasma three times. All three times I had muscle aches in my arms afterwards, and felt sick to my stomach, as well as permanently cold for the rest of the day (I would go home afterwards, take a hot bath, and then wrap myself in an electric blanket). So, needless to say, I haven't done it since. The places around here pay like $25-40 per donation, though, so quite a bit less.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:20 PM
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Yeah, everything you guys are saying is what I've heard about it - it makes me queasy just thinking about it! But since you're pretty consistent across the board $40.... makes me wonder if I'm misremembering or I misheard. I think I'll call later this week and confirm the amount. I'm not sure it's worth it for $40, at least in my case! A quick blood draw is a pretty traumatic thing for me as it is, let alone all of that crap.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:36 PM
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I've never looked into plasma donation until reading this thread, but I checked the website of a local place. They listed the compensation to be roughly $200 *per month*, and I'm assuming it involves multiple sessions. So the $40 per session quote sounds about right to me, too.

I'm extremely squeamish about giving blood and needles, too, but now I'm thinking about it!
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:38 PM
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I've never looked into plasma donation until reading this thread, but I checked the website of a local place. They listed the compensation to be roughly $200 *per month*, and I'm assuming it involves multiple sessions. So the $40 per session quote sounds about right to me, too.

I'm extremely squeamish about giving blood and needles, too, but now I'm thinking about it!
Ahh, that may be what I was thinking about. It makes a lot more sense. The website of my local place just said, "Contact the store for more information about compensation!" Of course....

Still, if I can get used to it, might not be an awful idea. Maybe I should start by donating blood regularly until I'm able to handle it.
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Ugh. I'm about just as bad as you when it comes to needles and blood and everything. Takes a lot for me to even be able to watch the dogs get shots. I used to skip school on blood donor days.

I've tried and tried to get over my fear. I can normally get a shot now without much issue. There is NO FREAKING WAY I could sit in a chair for over an hour with that situation. NO way. I'd probably stroke out. I don't care if it was for $1000 bucks.

But, if you think you can handle it, more power to you.
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Ugh. I'm about just as bad as you when it comes to needles and blood and everything. Takes a lot for me to even be able to watch the dogs get shots. I used to skip school on blood donor days.

I've tried and tried to get over my fear. I can normally get a shot now without much issue. There is NO FREAKING WAY I could sit in a chair for over an hour with that situation. NO way. I'd probably stroke out. I don't care if it was for $1000 bucks.

But, if you think you can handle it, more power to you.
What have you done to get to that point with shots? Did you just go get it done a lot?
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I've never, ever donated blood before and the thought of it makes me squirmy all over. Deathly scared of getting shots and needles, although I don't have any problems with piercings.

Is it highly recommended that you try donating blood first?
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I've never, ever donated blood before and the thought of it makes me squirmy all over. Deathly scared of getting shots and needles, although I don't have any problems with piercings.

Is it highly recommended that you try donating blood first?
I've had my face pierced six times and all the tattoos.. but when I got my blood drawn at the hospital last month I almost barfed. Can not stand the feeling of it being drawn.
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