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MsChiGyrl Tries: Blood Plasma Donation

I was minding my business on the Internet looking at information related to blood transfusions for certain diseases. I saw an ad that said “make up to $1,100 in your first month by donating blood plasma“. I was immediately intrigued because I specifically remember in college that a lot of the football players donated plasma for money. I had no idea what the process was, but I wanted to learn more.

Blood plasma is used to create medicines and life saving treatment protocols for people with rare, chronic diseases and disorders such as primary immunodeficiency, hemophilia and a genetic lung disease, as well as in the treatment of trauma, burns and shock. Only a small number of people living in the U.S. who are eligible to donate blood or source plasma actually donate.

I contacted the blood plasma donation center near my house, and was told that walk-ins were accepted, so I decided to do that. After medical screening questions, watching a video on how blood plasma donation works, and reading about a dozen pages of consent forms, I was directed to go into a private room for a medical questionnaire. In there that I found out that I was an eligible to donate because I have rheumatoid arthritis, but there are other facilities that allow people with that condition to donate blood plasma because it is urgently needed and in short supply. For new donors, the first donation will pay you $150 which was placed on a prepaid gift card. The second donation paid $160, and after with a series of eight donations you would’ve received the total of $1,100. You can donate twice in a 7-day period.

The people there were diverse. I’d imagine that the pandemic increased the diversity because of the amount of money being offered for about an hour and a half of anyone’s time. Donation fees sharply increased because the number of donors declined early in the pandemic. But there were men and women of all sizes and of many ethnicities who were both new and seasoned donors. I was excited to see it and wanted to share some info with everyone who might be interested.

Plasma Donation Resources

If you’ve been looking for a way to help others and make a little money, and you’re not squeamish, consider donating blood plasma! You could save a life!

Love you all,

Ms. ChiGyrl