Yesterday, while donating platelets once again at the Red Cross in Pasadena before work, the doc doing the procedure told me something interesting.
For those unaware of what platelets are, as I was before my first donation, they (from my understanding) help with the immune system. After cancer patients go through treatments such as chemo, their own is greatly diminished, making platelets essential for survival on the road to finally beating the vicious disease.
So, with that in mind, there is a constant shortage and need for platelets, made evermore prevalent from the doc's anecdote: It turns out her friend's sister was just diagnosed with cancer. But when trying to get treated, her hospital only had one packet of platelets. This proposed a problem: Do they give them to her...or a pregnant woman also in dire need?
For all my stumbles and flat-out fuck-ups, at least I know I can do one thing right in this life.
And I don't like needles.
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