Blood Money

I did something yesterday that I had considered in the past, but never acted on it.  I visited a donation place called BioTest.  This center collects blood plasma.  Here, I’ll paste a section of their site to show you what they do.

The source plasma collected at our Plasma Centers is used as raw materials world-wide for the production of life saving biopharmaceutical products. These products are composed primarily of plasma proteins that include clotting factors, gamma globulin, albumin, etc.

Additional products manufactured from source plasma include:

  • Albumin – Treats burn, trauma and surgery patients. Albumin solutions, prepared from plasma, are used to expand plasma volume in cases of shock, post-burn therapy, and correction of protein loss that may follow major surgery, or trauma.
  • Clotting Factors – Persons with Hemophilia as well as others with blood clotting disorders are largely dependant on concentrates prepared from plasma.  Antihemophilic Factors VIII and IX and Prothrombin Complexes are used in the treatment of Hemophilia A, Hemophilia B and von Willebrands disease as well as inhibitors.
  • Tetanus Immune Globulins – Used to provide protection to an individual who has been exposed to Tetanus. This organism is found in soil and feces and can be potentially fatal to the exposed person.
  • Rabies Immune Globulin – Used to provide passive protection to individuals who have been exposed to rabies, an acute viral disease that attacks the brain via the body’s central nervous system.  This disease is carried in the saliva of animals such as bats, skunks, raccoons, cats and dogs, and is most commonly transmitted through a bite by an infected animal.  Unless treated, rabies is in most cases fatal.
  • VZV Immune Globulin – Used to provide protection and treatment to immuno-compromised individuals (newborns, dialysis patients, and organ transplant patients) who have been exposed to the Varicella Zoster Virus. This virus is found in individuals who have diseases such as Chicken Pox or shingles.
  • CMV Immune Globulin – Used to provide protection to individuals who have been exposed to the Cytomegalovirus. This virus is most commonly transmitted through human contact but can also be transmitted through transfusions and pregnancy. A CMV infection can cause serious complications in immunocompromised patients, but is usually nonsymptomatic in healthy individuals.
  • Immune Globulin– IV – Used for the treatment of patients with congenital (primary) or acquired antibody deficiencies, as well as for patients with autoimmune diseases.

So, guess what.  We’re trading now.  I gave my first donation yesterday and they gave me money.  Not much the first time, but eventually when I get going I’ll donate twice a week.  For two hours of my time I get paid what I would have to work at a minimum wage part–time job for something like 20 hrs a week.  My girlfriend said she’d do it too.  She said she’d give me her blood money.  I said that’s what I’m giving my attorney. 

He’s already got a big pile of my money and we’re not done yet.  My ex is soaking me in my own blood now.  I’ve got a lot to give to pay off this attorney’s bills.

At least what I’m doing is helping people with their health issues, too.

About Jim

I'm a 72 yr old guy, who had worked in Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune for 28 yrs and now retired as of 31 Dec 16. I've worked in medical records, Health Benefits Department, Billing, the IT department and retired as the Personnel Security Manager for the hospital. I'm a musician and Corvette enthusiast. Yes, I have had two. I traded my second Corvette for a Harley Davidson Fat Boy mid-summer 2019. I've already ridden about seven thousand miles. I'm also searching for a fresh new outlook on life with new spiritual insight among other things. I was ordained a minister on 20190202. I've become certified with the American Chaplaincy Association through Aidan University in June '21. I've found that with the unconditional love of my companion, Libby Rowe life is complete through God. She's a beautiful, vibrant, giving woman who gives her all in everything she puts her mind to do. She and I married on 24 July 2015. She was ordained in February 2022. She has a blog too called Under a Carolina Moon. Give it a visit.
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