Life gets busy fast. Finding the time to do everything in your schedule can be a challenge.
We appreciate everyone who makes the decision to donate plasma, because we know it means you’ve committed your time to helping others.
Here are some tips to help you come in ready and leave feeling good about continuing on with your day.
off to donate plasma, go to the gym, tan, and pick up my work schedule..then home to enjoy my favorite meal cooked by my mom! ?
— Ashley Foster (@ashf0ster) October 30, 2013
TIP 1 – Got your schedule out? Good. Here’s what to consider.
A few activities can impact when you should come in.
Got an appointment with the dentist already? Good for you. Taking care of your teeth is important too.
If you’re getting a check-up or cleaning, book your plasma donation appointment at least 24 hours after your dentist appointment.
If you’re getting any other type of dental work done, book your plasma donation appointment at least three days later.
New tattoos and piercings require you to wait much longer. Wait six months after getting a tattoo or piercing before coming in to donate. It’s not goodbye. It’s just see you later!
Tip 2 — Book your appointment.
Check online to see when you can come in. It’s quick and easy.
See what dates and times are available. Pick one and request a booking.
Making that appointment helps you set up your schedule. It blocks off the time you need to go through the screening and donation process and then get on with your day.
Its 11:30 and I've already applied to volunteer at 2 different shelters and set an appointment to donate plasma.
It's gonna be a good day!
— Alyssa Sommerfeldt (@lyssaxjadyn16) April 13, 2016
TIP 3 – Plan donation day
Don’t worry. Nothing too complicated about this part.
If your donation day is also your workout day, do the workout before the donation. We recommend taking it easy after your donation. Avoid strenuous exercise for six to eight hours after your appointment.
The biggest workout I've had this semester is pumping my fist while donating plasma and I'm a hundred percent okay with that??
— Ern (@e_brownie) April 16, 2015
No matter the day, you’ve got to eat. On donation day, eat a meal within an hour of your appointment. Make it one full of protein and some iron. Avoid anything fatty. Before your appointment is not time to pick up a burger and fries.
And drink up! Come to your appointment well hydrated. Lots of water that day. Juice is good too. (Just no alcohol. That’s a no go. So is smoking.)
I'm going to donate blood plasma tomorrow so I gotta sleep relatively early and drink extra much water!!
— grass borb (@_ufoparty) April 26, 2016
Tip 4 – Have your answers ready.
When you come in for your appointment, we’ll have you register. That involves filling out a questionnaire and talking to our staff.
Before you come in, take some time to check over the questionnaire form. That way, you can have your answers ready.
We’ll also want to know some information about your medical history and any medication use. Knowing the names of any medication you are taking will help us move more quickly through the screening process.
Disappointed. Couldn't donate plasma today because of my steroid medication I was given for my leg. I'll try again Wednesday!
— Dustin Hilderbrand (@AGE_BattleSword) February 20, 2016
Tip 5 – Make donating your me time.
Donating means you got some time to yourself. A chance to relax!
Plan to stream a show. Listen to music. Bring a book. Or just relax peacefully.
So make sure you’ve got your earbuds. Charge your phone. Toss your book in your bag. Or just wear some comfy clothes to get the most out of your relaxation time.
Sit down to donate plasma, I put in my music and the first song is bloodstream by ed sheeran
— Luke Mikhail (@LukeMikhail18) February 20, 2015
See you on appointment day!
The day of your appointment, these are a few things you can and should do to smooth out the process.
And thank you!
— Catherine Hicks (@catherinebhicks) March 25, 2016