I just read an article that platelet supply is extremely low in my area and I am considering scheduling an appointment to donate early next week. Today my BIL would have been 45 years old, but he passed away 2 years ago, less than a month after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. Throughout his treatment he required many platelets because of the effects of chemotherapy. I would like to donate to honor his memory and perhaps make it so that another family doesn’t suffer the same loss that we did.
I have donated whole blood in the past, and I know that it knocks out my endurance for several days. I’m wondering if anyone knows if platelet donation has the same effect, or if the effects is lessened since the RBCs are returned to your body. I figure it must be somewhat easier, since you can donate platelets every 2 weeks, compared to every 6 weeks for whole blood.
Any insight into this would be appreciated.