Have You Administered EPI To Yourself?
hiya - you definitely have to somewhat swing and jab/hold. If you just hold and push hard enough, it could trigger the autoinjector...but swing and jab/hold definitely triggers the autoinjector mechanism. And...what you *really* feel is the whole pen hitting your leg and not concentrating on/waiting for that large needle to pierce through pants/skin.
They come with a trainer, and once you get an expired epi you can get a feel for it by jabbing in an orange.
EDITED TO ADD:
By 'swing and jab/hold' I mean "swinging" from only a foot or so away from your thigh muscle. You have to be accurate...no wild swinging (like if you held your arm out parallel to the ground, then swung an arc down to your own thigh)
30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy
[This message has been edited by ajgauthier (edited November 02, 2006).]