Blue platelet special

I have been a regular platelet donor at the Red Cross for the last four years. Every third Sunday at 7am I would show up, grab a DVD, and watch a movie while I bled. It was a great way to watch something that my wife wasn't interested in, while at the same time providing platelets for patients who needed them.

Everything was fine until about six months ago. There was a problem aligning the needle with my vein and I was sent home early. A few visits later it happened again, only that time the realignment attempt-- Maybe I'll spare you the details. Suffice it to say that it was pretty painful. And kinda gross. I've had about three problems donations since then. It's happening more often, which troubles me. I even switched arms, hoping that would help. It didn't. Something about the return that keeps messing up. And let me tell you: when that happens it hurts. A lot.

So it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to stop donating platelets for a while. I'll still donate whole blood, but no more platelets. Eventually I'll try again, but not for a while.