Today I conquered one of my fears and I gave plasma. I had been wanting to do this for awhile and I finally did. I helped someone and I made a little money on the side, all in all a good deal. I had given plasma many years ago and had a bad experience, so doing this was a big step for me. I plan to donate twice a week. It feels good knowing I am helping someone and making a little money.
We can thank African-American doctor Charles Drew for discovering the way to separate plasma from blood. Ironically, he died from injuries he received in a car accident in North Carolina in 1950. It is a myth that he bled to death because a whites-only hospital refused him. He died because his injuries were so severe. However, according to passenger John Ford, a blood transfusion may have saved Dr. Drew’s life.
Every time I give plasma, I will remember Dr. Drew.