I’ve been donating plasma for the extra cash for the last few months. They take like a pint of it at a time. Usually do it like 5-6 times a month.
Anyone have an idea of how severely I am undermining my overall health? I don’t really know the role of plasma or how much energy goes into synthesizing it.
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@alltoohuman, @villalobosjr, Thanks for the quick responses.
I am basically donating even though they pay you. They make a killing off of my plasma. I’m more like a cheap whore come to think of it.
I feel like my HCP is a terrible source for this kind of information. Not only do they not understand the holistic body, but they also have ulterior motives hardwired into their institution and the education it calls for. I’m aware I may sound like a conspiracist looney here but I’m 21 years old and I have experienced the world!
Yeah maintaining a level of health where your mind is content and happy is easy, but I worry that the loss of nutrients and energy is fairly detrimental to the higher aspects of health. Sexual energy, youthfulness, creativity, cognitive skill etc. Blood is the lifeforce of the body, I can’t help but think this along with all the other ways I harm my health (legal drugs, cheap food, fluoride) are all from the same apathetic complex that treats humans like draft horses.
There are better ways to make money for sure. I can’t tell you for certain if there are negative long term health effects. There are definite risks associated with donating though. My friend got his arm infiltrated by a nurse that wasnt careful enough. He had a huge blue bruise for weeks
A couple years ago, when I needed money like never before in my life, I went to go donate plasma. I arrived about two and a half hours before I was supposed to show up for my job on the other side of town. I was one of the first people in queue, but I waited for about an hour before they called me in for the initial check-in. Meanwhile, the crowd of patients was very uneasy and uncomfortable to sit with. I had to laugh, however, when one of the guys waiting went up to the TV and turned up the volume for Jerry Springer. Everyone in the room instantly became attentive, and a few people joined in the “Jerry! Jerry!” chanting. After three hours had passed without my turn arriving, and after receiving one or two angry calls from my boss, I decided, “fuck this” and left, never to return.
the people at the donation center will assure you that it isn’t harmful to your body at all. i have no idea whether it is harmful or not. i donated pretty regularly for about 5 months last year, almost as often as i could. i would get headaches a lot. near the end of that 5 month period my veins started going wonky. i had developed scar tissue so it was hard to stick me, but i guess my veins weren’t healing as well as they should have been able to before i went to donate again. i got a few too many infiltrations, and decided i had had enough. one visit i had an infiltration on each arm, that was no fun.
i think only you know your body. if you haven’t heard of any negative effects and you don’t feel more unhealthy than before, you’re probably good. other than making you feel shitty i don’t think there are any negative effects. i’ve wondered myself if donating plasma so much can make our body produce an overload of plasma though, because more and more towards when i stopped donating my red blood cell count kept going gradually down, and my plasma kept going up. red blood cells are nice to have, especially when you’re active. i haven’t noticed any other negative effects though.
i used to donate plasma and didnt mind it at all…..i got a junkie lookin divot in my left arm, but i found it to be humbling and helpful to a medical industry that resells it for hundreds of times the amount they pay you to get it……Its an free way to get checked for contagious blood diseases. the average plasma center is a microcosm of the most impoverished of society. a nice place to experience what its like to truly have nothing.
Try using the money from plasma donation to “pay it forward”…..its like pulling good deeds from your veins….
Hey Dan I have donated for over year now and I’ve been perfectly fine. I did take a three or four month hiatus because I was told my albumin levels were too high. Then I had to go to my HCP and get checked-out, but i was given an all clear. Besides that though I don’t feel any side effects. I even go to the gym maybe four times a week. Just make sure you stay hydrated and take a multivitamin.