Yesterday I gave blood the regular way. Always makes me feel rotten for a couple days but it's important to me so I schedule it for a sensible time.
But they have this new thing that lets you donate DOUBLE the red blood cells and they put most of the blood back into you. It's not the same as the platelet donation thing that takes an hour, this thing (ALYX) only takes about 15 minutes longer than regular blood donation. They were pushing me to do the ALYX instead of whole blood.
So I'm SURE losing twice as many RBCs as usual would have a performance impact but I'd kind of like some personal stories. Has anyone else done this? How long before you're back to normal?
On the positive side, it helps more people who need the RBCs, it's ready faster, and it uses a SMALLER NEEDLE. The nurse also said it would make me feel LESS rotten since my symptoms are probably from losing fluids.