I ended up giving red blood cells. I had no idea about this procedure.
When they take your whole blood sample (i.e., your pint of blood) they run it through a machine and separate the components, including red blood cells and plasma. This usually takes 5 or 6 days to do. By donating red blood cells, you save them a lot of time and effort.
Unless I’m really wrong here, they suck out your blood, put it into a machine that takes our your red blood cells, and then pumps your blood back into you. They do this cycle 5 times.
It was a weird procedure because you have to squeeze the damned ball 5 separate cycles to get the blood back out of you. I only did it since I got the usual lie that they really need red blood cells for surgeries, and that the 5 days it takes for them to get red blood cells out of a whole blood donation is too long. Plus, he said I had good veins. “You need good veins to make a red blood cell donation. You have nice veins.” He played to my sympathy and vanity. Great salesman.
I was a little spent afterwards, even though I have lifted heavy after given blood on many occasions. (Of course, I am at about 66% maintenance cals and low-carbing it; so that also explains the fatigue.) I conked out watching IFL afterwards. (It is just me, or is the IFL the “minor leagues” of MMA? The guys just aren’t nearly as good as UFC and Pride guys.)
By the way, I fretted giving blood since I’m megadosing on fish oil (24-36 grams a day). I tend towards paranoia and kept imagining a medical emergency, thinking, “If you can’t give blood after taking an aspirin, imagine what will happen when giving blood after megadosing fish oil?”
Anyhow, I didn’t have any clotting problems.