What It’s Like To Donate Platelets

In short: Bladder management.

Leo Notenboom
Apr 22 · 3 min read
The author’s hand squeezing a rubber ball as an apherisis machine “borrows” his blood. (Image by the author.)

everal weeks ago I received a call from my local blood center asking if I could donate platelets in the next few days. This was unusual, but I was a match to a specific patient in need.

Platelets in your bloodstream help your blood clot. They’re nature’s way of keeping a paper cut from becoming a medical crisis.