Recently I learned that it takes 131 donations of healthy human plasma to make the amount of medicine I infuse in just one week! Imagine my further surprise when I found out it takes over a year to produce my life-saving medicine!
You may have heard that plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients is an effective treatment for new coronavirus patients, but did you know primary immunodeficiencies like CVID are also treated with healthy human plasma?
What is Plasma?
Often referred to as liquid gold by us Zebras, plasma is literally the liquid part of our blood. Plasma travels through our veins delivering life-saving proteins that help fight diseases. You can donate plasma and blood at the same time or just plasma alone. During plasma donation, blood is drawn and the plasma separated out before your red blood cells are put back into you.
Who Can Donate Plasma?
The main criteria for donating plasma is similar to donating blood. You must be in good health, between the ages of 18 and 65, weigh at least 110 pounds, have no tattoos or piercings within the last four months, have valid I.D. and a permanent address. Yes, that’s it! Plus, you can make an average of $70 per plasma donation! (I know this because some guys I was friends with in high school often donated plasma as a main source of income!)
Is it Safe to Donate Plasma Right Now?
Plasma Donation Centers have traditionally maintained high health standards and disinfection practices. Now, extra COVID-19 precautions are in place to ensure the safety and protection of donors and employees at facilities like CSL Plasma Centers for example. These include a thorough screening process to ensure donors are in good health and safe to donate, mandatory temperature checks, enhanced disinfecting protocols and Personal Protective Equipment use, and optimal social distancing practices.
Where Are the Plasma Donation Centers in My Area?
Visit DonatingPlasma.org’s site to find plasma donation centers near you an my CVID Resources page for more information. If you are a Zebra, encourage others to donate their life-saving plasma!
Stay Strong My Zebra Friends!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Though DIVA as she may be, her path to success was not easy and is always evolving. Go here to read about her journey in “Becoming the CVIDiva.” If you want to send Susan Alynne a quick message, then visit her contact page here.