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Shopaholic gives her blood plasma up to twice per week to fund retail habit

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A self-confessed shopaholic has more than $3,000 to donate her plasma for the financing of its retail therapy habit.

Carisa Barker, 20, has during a year, a visit to a clinic two times per week to donate to the protein-rich fluid in the blood, in exchange for money to bankroll her shopping.

The student and part-time nanny makes $280 a month from her plasma and in one year she raised $3,360.

Carisa Barker, pictured, has for a year a visit to a clinic two times per week to donate to the protein-rich fluid in the blood, in exchange for money to bankroll her shopping.
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Barker, of Salt Lake City, Utah, recommends the practice as an easy way to earn money.

She said: “I would absolutely recommend it for people who are short of cash and want to go shopping. I donate plasma two times per week.”

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“I get $20 the first time and $50 the next time,” Barker read. “It’s just a little bit of extra money that I can spend that I didn’t feel that I worked very hard.”

The Utah woman recommends the practice as an easy way to earn money.
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Plasma is the yellowish liquid in the blood that remains after the white and red blood cells and platelets are removed. The fluid consists of water, salts, proteins and enzymes and is used in medicines that help people who are suffering from burns, shock, trauma and other medical emergencies.

While the blood of the donors money offered in exchange for their donations, plasma collection centers in the united states offer payment in exchange for plasma.

Barker, who is studying communications at the university, calls herself a “shopaholic” and admitted that she hits the mall about three times a week.

She estimates that she spends about $600 per month on clothes, shoes and beauty products.

“I’m a shopaholic and I would shop every day if I could. I usually go three or four times per week, ” said Barker. Clothes and shoes are my favorite things to buy and I also love beauty products.”

The woman began to donate plasma last summer after a friend suggested it as an easy way to earn money and she has not yet looked back.
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“On every shopping trip I only spend about $50, but that leads to $150 per week. If I see something that I like or there is a discount or a good deal, I’ll just buy it,” she told him. “I feel powerful knowing that I have the money and I can buy stuff.”

The woman began to donate plasma last summer after a friend suggested it as an easy way to earn money and she has not yet looked back.

The process takes an hour and a half each time at BioLife Plasma Services in Layton, Utah.

During the donation process, called plasmapheresis, blood is removed from Barker’s body, the plasma is collected, and the remaining blood components are returned to her body.

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“One of my friends does it and she took me with her time. I just continued to do that,” she told him. “I do it as often as I can, which is usually two times per week. It takes about a half hour, and each time I go.”

“I’m a shopaholic and I would shop every day if I could. I usually go three or four times per week, ” said Barker. Clothes and shoes are my favorite things to buy and I also love beauty products.”
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“I go in and a survey to know whether I felt good that day, that I have no tattoos or piercings. They screen you and check your blood pressure and temperature. It takes a while to pump the blood and put it through the machine.”

“The machine separates the red blood cells from the plasma. Then they put the blood back in my body,” she said. “As long as I eat a lot of protein before I go and stay hydrated, I feel fine.”

“There are no health risks that I know of, and my parents are fine with me. My plasma is used in medications for people with rare diseases,” Barker went on. “It makes me feel good to know that I am helping people. I plan to continue to donate.”

Although friends have asked Barker to curb her shopping habits, she admitted that she can’t see a time when she is not enjoying the retail therapy.

“My friends told me to stop with the shopping, but I can’t. I live at home and all my money goes on shopping,” she said. “I would save a lot of money if I stopped, but as long as I have the money I can spend, I will continue to do so.”

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“If I’m ever at a point where I had no money, I would quit. Shopping is my biggest expenditure, but I also spend a lot on the way.”

Barker updates her followers on her errands, and plasma donation on her YouTube channel Carisa Barker.

A representative for BioLife, said: “Strict criteria, including the donation, the frequency, set up for plasma donation by global regulatory authorities to ensure the safety of the donors and recipients of plasma-derived therapies.”

“Donors must also meet the criteria for a blood count (hematocrit) and total protein levels, together with the other criteria, prior to each donation, additional testing be carried out every four months,” she continued. “BioLife meets those standards as part of our commitment to the highest standards to ensure the safety of our donors and our products that go out to the patients.”

“Plasma collected from healthy donors is processed in a wide range of therapies that benefit thousands of people every day with a rare, often life-threatening diseases such as immunodeficiency diseases, hemophilia, and hereditary angioedema (HAE).”

This story was originally published by SWNS.

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