Today I donated, for the first time, platelets. I’ve been a whole blood donor for many years, but only got the nerve to do the platelet thing because the Red Cross has been virtually begging my daughter to give. She had really been looking forward to being old enough to become a blood donor, and this past summer qualified. There it was discovered that she is blood type AB pos, which is apparently the universal platelet donor type. Platelets are very much needed, with a short shelf life. In light of the loss of my mother to cancer, we are especially sensitive to its need for cancer patients, especially chemo and radiation patients. So, I said that if SHE would donate, I would donate. Sort of a “lean on one another” scenario.
So here we went today. Unfortunately, M got deferred for her asthma acting up a tad. So their dream team donor sat out, and wittle me gave platelets all by my wonesome. I’m really glad I did it, but I prefer giving whole blood. Not only does it take awhile, but even after drinking milk and eating TUMs, my face buzzed! Very odd feeling. I hope those platelets bless someone in the next few days!