My Plasma Donation Experince

My Plasma Donation Experince



hi welcome back to my channel if you're new here my name is Kristen and I hope you as – cigarette so recently I started donating plasma if you follow me on my blog on the weekend then you know that I've had some financial troubles and so I started donating plasma to try and bring in a little bit extra income so a tie and take care of those issues so I thought I would come on here and do a video just talking about my experience with plasma donations because I don't feel like there is a lot of videos out there talking about this so let's go ahead and get in to start off the plasma donation center values it's called bio life I don't know where all the facilities are located they may just be a statewide thing and so that would be Indiana there's different other plasma donation centers there's not just God with my life so if you decide to look into any plasma and maybe with a different facility and they may run things differently so I just want to put that out there also in case you didn't know plasma is a company in your blood I don't know it's kind of out the stuff but I just want to pass by the disclosure a warning is talking about medical procedures needles blood those path names are you sick and queasy and watch with caution or maybe you want to exercise the video just so you know but I do know that you get paid for donating plasma so let me talk a little bit about how this works so with my local plasma donation center you can set up an account online which is what I did it was too breezy and I expose with my first agreement and when I went in for my first appointment I knew ahead of time from talking to other people who donated that I needed taught myself four to six hours and I know the sounds of a lot and some people it might be full to showers for my facility I think it steps around with two hours on my sensible and then an hour and a half for my first donation so about three and a half hours is what I needed I just want a first one in they remember seem to happen it's like I don't so earlier so I was like 5:30 in the morning I don't have I have like a six o'clock appointment so I went into the facility and told him you know it's my first donation and they took me around corner and they got me all set up in the system was like a fingerprint which is how you slide in so I'd like scan your finger which is not painful you just wait on like this little contraption and a little ways a white and it's read your fingerprint and pretty much takes a picture of it and then it gets connected to like your account and then she looks like basic things your birthday social security number address phone number with all that kind of basic stuff and then they took my blood pressure it weighed me and then they print to my finger so they test my blood for whatever they test your blood for a gnarly shirt and arm please the finger prick is probably the worst part of the whole experience it hurts I hope to hell I never become a diabetic because I don't think I could live like that every day further my finger not really hurt that's prioritize that's the worst part of the whole problem information it's giving your fingerprint as was it in after that they walked me around from the other side of the counter and I had to do like having those more quota quiz or questionnaire I've questionnaire as by the way to put it it took me probably 30 minutes to do is trying the longest most boring part of the entire bottom coil physical and they just asked me it was kind of almost a setup quite common time let me ask you the same questions word differently it kind of felt it was a lot about you know have you been to a country with a bowl why have you had contact with minnows a do you have AIDS it's just running the gamut of you know your health you understand these questions you understand these procedures you're insane you're getting of pace is you understand anything be in stupor thirty minutes and we were going over like the procedure itself and possible side-effects and who has rights to your information to vitalize and all of that just legal junk that was very boring but had to be done after that it took me back to the actual physical portion she first went over any questions on my questionnaire that were maybe answer and I'm okay incorrectly but answered in a matter that she had to go over with me and that was pretty much the one where I said that I was on a medication someone animal medications you're on I'm on birth control and so she told me that actually when they got to listen so don't worry about it and then they went over piercings and tattoos which I have no tattoos but I had to tell her all of my piercings and how long I had them and then she had me get up on this like little exam table and she just checked my eyes and my ears and my throat under my tongue and she checked my insides of my elbows on the back for bruising I don't really know who what that's all about but I don't have any point I checked out okay then she gave me some water and she gave some animal crackers she lets go ahead eat them now if I wanted to which I was still pretty good at had breakfast sandwiches okay but it's very very important to decide to do a plasma to be very hydrated you want to start hydrating with a week before your first appointment and continue to hydrate throughout full time that you are donating plasma I don't really know what is a nap on that but that's what they're told me is very important so hydrated saw died so I'm doing flab and I'm keeping water with no really resistance caused by drinking water I feel like my donation today which is my second donation i said i was better hydrated and i honestly feel like my donation was faster it might be because I was better hydrated might just be because my arms a better position we'll get into all of that so after all about take care with my accessible which literally all that looks for the physical was checking my eyes checking my elbows checking my mouth and my throat and then having walk a straight line was pretty much all that really was as far as the actual physical part when I pick nine out and the tip knots get set up for my first first donation so they have me sit in this lounge chair and what Elsa described as it looks like a chaise lounge with kind of a weird shape but it's comfortable to sit in there's rows and rows and rows of these things to sit in and I have to say it's a clinic that I go to it is very clean and it's fall asleep spotlessly clean and the other people who come in to donate look like good people that look like upstanding citizens before I started donating plasma I always kind of associated plasma donation to people who maybe was kind of scummy you know but I feel like that's not the case at all and that so far and when I seen in there seems like very reputable upstanding members of society and yeah so she went ahead and had me sit down on it was like lounge thing you kind of wind down kind of fiddling our own are weird but they check my arms since I as my arms we even usable and viable towards the veins go which of course they work that the thought part was actually done before I'm about to attend school before I did the questionnaire as one of first things to check my things to make sure that I was a viable candidate they don't prick you or screw the needle for that they just like tastic having pump your fists and then they tap on your vein area I want to decide if you mail surveys or not so they did that and then I would did everything else so after I completed my spin school it took me back up to the plasma donation area they got me all control on a bed one of the one of the things that you cannot do in the plasma donation area is eat or chew anything and you can't be drinking anything because the choking hazard kids anything was to happen and you also can't sleep they want everybody to stay awake which kind of sucks because honestly the positive elimination itself is very boring and it would be lovely to take a nap doing it and maybe so much faster so they get me all set up today and then they clean my arm my cursor knife-edge with my left arm because I am able to donate with both sides so I'm alternating but they clean right arm twist iodine first I watched it was alcohol rub then she decided where the vein with that and she marked where she was going to poke me and then she cleaned it with iodine I look away for needles because it was just weird I have lots of piercing I don't like seeing myself get stuck with needles and I don't want to slide my own blood but thankfully the way that this whole thing is set up but you really don't see your own blood I mean you could if you really want to look for it but it's very easy to not look at it it is something that bothers you though it's hard to okay I can sit it's hard I thought I see more about people's blood who is in the donation area like going through the tubing and then I see my I feel like this ratings need to memorize not with my own but I feel like I catch a lot more most of glimpses of other people's blood going through the machine so anyway the needle with the using arm not gonna lie it is pretty good size I would say taken to the gauging so I always like I get gauges mixed up but ain't the smaller the number the bigger the needle so I say this is probably the size of my barrel piercing maybe we just think that's a 16 gauge or 18 game tomorrow you sure it's a pretty sick needle not know why maybe it's not as big as that it is pretty big bigger than what you typically get at a doctor but surprisingly enough it doesn't hurt going in at least not for me everybody's experience is going to be different but getting that bigger needle put in like it I don't feel like throw that hurt that bad it's a little pinch risk look pinch it's over very quickly and I don't feel it afterwards in not a big deal so they go ahead and they get the needle in your arm and then they tape it off then they give you the instructions I want to do as far as the Machine going they also have a cuff put on your arm that's like a blood pressure cuff so when the cuff tightens up you're supposed to pump your hand and at my Center they give you like a little piece of PVC pipe that you can hold to squeeze and on the side of the machine there's like a little screen and it shows to what numbers are going to be going to my numbers are 880 and it sounds up to that you can kinda keep track of where you're at and right underneath of those numbers it'll have a little hand symbol and so when your cuff tightens that symbol come on you're supposed to pump your hand and then when that symbol goes away and the cuffs let's loose and it isn't tight anymore than you just relax so what's going on during the tightening of the constant all of that stuff so when the cost is tight it starts taking the blood out and the blood goes into the Machine and machine does its thing that separates out the blood and plasma then after these little containers that are on the side of the machine gets like a certain fullness which these are quite visible the tubing is clear and quite invisible and so when someone is sitting across from you if you woke up and glanced you're probably going to see their machine and their blood is kind of in your line of sight but yours is all off like next to you so if you look at the tubing you can see all of that but it's kind of hard to see the box is collecting the blood because all you're saying as far as the panel is concerned that how does the numbers and such is on the side machine and all this on the side of the machine is literally just that panels with the numbers of you know what your levels are at so it's easy to open your eyes from your tubing and not look at your own blood but I feel like it's inevitable that you're going to see someone else's because there's kind of your line of sight so I'm going to keep in mind if you decide to donate so once you're little compare that has your blood gets like a certain level one during this whole process of cutting your blood they're also adding in an anticoagulant that keeps your blood from clotting so you've let it collecting and like this little red reservoir container and then once it gets like a certain fullness your cuff your armband cuff will relax and you're supposed to stop pumping your arms and then like they will pump the blood back into you now before I ever donated plasma the idea of this grossed me the fuck out like if you're gonna take my blood you can keep it it sounded so gross make me puke gross right I'll get sounds awful but honestly it's not a big deal you don't feel it you don't even know what's going on what I really thought that you would because I heard from other people that you will you don't and it's nothing that's not a big deal it really isn't like you don't even once you're all hooked up like you don't resolve a lot my first plasma donation being the left arm I have hurt I'm keeping my arm comfortable so I will move my arm every now and then and if I my arm in a bad position I would have like this really weird sensation of feeling like I had pressure so uncomfortable little bit painful and I just told my person my cake you know things so like there's pressure here it's kind of and I shouldn't help me like a done arm and then like there's an even flow and I didn't feel that pressure anymore and it was no problem so as I mentioned what comes out when the cuff is tight and it separates and then when the cuff loosens it pumps the blood back into your body and it's no big deal and it just does that on or off so like an hour and a half so for you know however long it goes I don't know 15 maybe minutes or so process in that five minutes you'll be pumping your arm and I was taking a blood and then you watched like five minutes well it's pumps all the blood back into you and then it'll start taking blood out again and you start pumping again it is to go on and off like an hour and half and that's what's going on at the very end of your presentation after you hit your numbers so I hit the 880 mark that's how much means that Maya plasma donation bag is for then they put your last round of blood and with this last round of blood they're putting that into you you also get a saline solution I believe I'm saying that correctly I could be saying that wrong but you're getting some kind of solutions that have put back in that's supposed to help rehydrate you now this is what people for them going back in and it you don't feel it in the way that it sounds like it when people say you feel it going back in the saline solution is at room temperature which is actually colder than the body so it moves back into you it feels really cold and that's what I heard told to me from other people about you it's so really cold getting the blood put back into you and I assumed that I do feel it through your veins because that's how people have described it to me but for me that's not the experience and again I don't deal it with the blood coming back in I only feel it was a saline solution but I don't feel it I was running to my main I just I can feel it I don't feel it but I know it's coming in because my tubing charged to go clear and then towards the end of my saline solution bag being empty I just have like this sensation of being cold comes over my whole body I have no feeling of it coming in through one to two remain going through my body it is always that my whole body is cold and I literally get close to the point shake I still isn't breathing so I like to take a jacket with me and keep that with me I got lucky the first time I went for a donation and it was raining so I to happen to have a jacket on me otherwise I would have had one and why I did so high Kenny Schachter on me the whole time – first time in seconds how are you – brand but that's really just a donation and then once you your saline solution is all yours up your machine beeps and then come around and then took you from your IV which is pretty much the same process as in the hospital but honestly definitely did love painful because I've had two IVs in the hospital and the tape kind of hurts getting pulled off and I feel like get a needle out like kind of hurts a little bit you know oh this is like little you don't feel anything like you hear the tape coming off you'll feel it and maybe because going on there for an hour and half and when I've had two guys in the hospital they've been there a lot longer but you're still the tape coming off and then you don't so I'm getting the needle out which one thing that they would that you would but you don't I don't I don't so a needle coming on at all and they take a look at a table and they put it over where the needles at and you just put pressure on there and then they do stuff I don't really know what they're doing they don't really like looks because it roasts things and I use that came out of my body funny but after they're done handling whatever their hand a week they come back over to God and then they wrap you up I tried to leave my dog on four all day long for today it'll evolve like an hour after two hours and I should good and you take off I try to leave mine off all day for the video but by these today like my dog got all bunched up in my arms I was really painful and irritating and I think a game or four tip it off but you'd be like really colorful band gauze whatever some kind of unsafe I don't much call it but they put it on my arms and it tourniquet is quite enough and it holds a little piece of gauze in place and as you like the tightness just helps but waiting I suppose and a scrimmage it with your first donation they ask you to grants like 15 minutes afterwards just to make sure you have no other side but after that and the donations after that was previously which is how it was today after not under the machine I can just head off the door which is what I did and I'll go ahead and come in a little bit closer and I'll show you guys what my needle pokes with one say so I don't know how well this is going to show up on camera I don't see why it wouldn't but this one was from last Friday so you have Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday so it's four days out and that's what my little needle poke looks like right there so I'm the needle obviously and then here is my right arm for my donation today you can still see you some of the i-10 around here that kind of looks like blood but it's not iodine and I don't know what this is it looks like it's like a Bruce of some kind I don't know where that came from but this right here is the actual needle Pope so still about the same size as what's on the left though a little bit more red a little scabby right there that's what that guy looks like and those are mild needle poked clear yeah that's what that looks like and I asked the lady when I first went in for donation can this weasel scoring she said over time it can lead to scarring on the inside of the elbow but that won't look like calf March and also no less a druggie and she calls on people's warrior warrior hero marks you can donate plasma is really an awesome thing it really helps people stay alive so because the problem is used to make medication for people who can't make their own plasma I don't really know again not another person I'm Williams from the money that might sound really shitty but it's the honest truth so I think it's good cause to help people but I'm having some financial issues so that's why I'm doing it so it can lead to farms over time I'm trying to alternate between arms each donation so that I try to get you know with week in between so I won't donate with this one again until the sorry about that my camera ran storage so I had to go upload everything on my computer legally what we're talking about so pretty sure what I was saying is I'm alternating between arms to try to get my arms as much time heal as possible so I use our left arm last Friday and I won't use again until this coming Friday so I'll have it a week of time between donations and what this are I can go again next Monday so we have a full week between donation between youth on each arm so hopefully these little marks skinny heels up and I'm putting like and I'm gonna know this call but it's like one of like anti by out by out of old creams whatever it was help scarring using the Lowe's neosporin thorn but why did it help where is the scarred but inevitably is I continue to do this for a long period of time I probably will as an old scars so also the part that everybody is probably wondering about how much money do they paid or dining blog every donation center is probably going to be different so I can only tell you how my donation center works currently and I think that their prices change and fluctuate but currently I'm ranked nation center you are only allowed to do it once a week unless it is your first donation if you're a new donor and you bring in the coupons online which I did prompt and that allows you to come three times in a world essentially but you have to donate how violine works is you can only donate twice a week you have to have a minimum of 48 hours in between or basically two days between your donations so how this coupon works and allows you to come in three times in a row so I went in on Friday and then I'm to the end on Monday and then I'm going to have my last donation this coming Friday and I made a hundred and forty dollars and read donations so the way that works coupon news that I'll at page 30 at for my first donations 50 for a second and don't remember what's the parent is on the third whatever gets to be 214 so the payment is for the third donation so after that the fee is that you would get paid $35 per donation and currently you can only go one time a week because they are short on their anticoagulants but I was talking to one of the ladies who work at the violife and she said that this is like the first time I've ever had that happen where they're short on anticoagulant and they expect to be fully it's topped with it come is July so people can start something twice a week again but she doesn't know what the compensation compensation is going to be so the part of my club it might go down it sounds like it's one of those things that's not of a set price but currently they paid $35 and you have once a week so how they pay you they don't actually give you cash they load it to a card and this kind of works like a debit card but you don't exactly have a brain could kill with it I'm not really exactly sure some jobs will pay you like this they'll put it on like one little weeks of debit cards and after you get paid it's kind of how the plasma life donation center works is that you might have is loaded to this like Visa debit card and I haven't quite figured out how all of that works as far as drawing the money out and having gone into all that I'm just curling the money build a neat town right now so I definitely go that out when I get there but I was able to activate it I had to get online and activate it and call I'm going to go onto register and it had called activate it and put a PIN number on it like you would a regular debit card and they simply say don't use it as gas pump because it will put a hole in a card if you have to get gas with your bed accord from violife then you have to go in and pay look at the register that's pretty much like the only pen you're not allowed to do with it pay for gas at the pump but he looks how much I'm making for donating plasma that's how much they pay out violife currently has a referral buddy program where if you refer someone to come in and make a donation then you make an extra 50 bucks one of the touches with plasma donations that I believe it plays then with the buddy referral system and that the personnel come in make two donations for you get 250 dollars because they cannot use your plasma from the first donation until you've made a second I don't want to understand why I don't have all the ins and outs on it but your first donation is pretty much useless to them if I use major second so if you just decide to donate plasma I don't think it's a good idea to at least commit to making two donations the only bad thing about donating is that finger prick that little guy is painful that's the more painful thing about the entire experience it isn't really good cause it really helps realize people who truly need this medication so I need the staff awesome whether you get into it because you want to help other people or if you like me and you have financial issues i don't know that i will donate long term but i will be donating long enough to help out financially with the problem that I'm having after that I might go I want to present money for low up she's spending money and because it's a good cause I don't know I haven't decided yet we'll kind of see you play by ear but I think that's all the information I have for you guys if you've ever considered donating plasma and you're thinking about it go for it just do it it's not that bad I promise you the worst of it is doing your finger stuff for them test your blood that hurt not going to lie but the rest of it is pretty easy it's not a big deal it's not something to stress out about I promise you enjoy some assailing especially if you're going to bio life I'm sure they will you right so I think that's everything for this video is have any questions or comments or if you have more information that I did not get here this video feel free to leave it all down in the comments below otherwise if you're new year I hope you decide to stick around I put out new videos every Monday and Thursday and every Saturday I post my weekly vlogs so I would love to have you at stick rank but I hope you guys enjoyed and I'll see you in the next video