Do you carry one or two epipens?

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 6:46am
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I always carry two epipens in the even that I misfire one or it misfires on its own as I administer it. I was wondering if you all carry one or two? I also feel like it buys me extra time depending on where I am in proximity to getting to help.

I realize this may have been discussed before, but am curious as to what folks are currently doing. becca

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 6:51am
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Two each. When I went into anaphylactic shock myself, the EMT didn't know how to use the epi and injected it into his hand. I was in a near death condition and would hate to have had only the one available. Thank goodness we had plenty. Lesson learned!
Kay

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 7:08am
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I always carry two.
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Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 7:43am
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Always two (2), even when we go on walks in the neighborhood.
When on an out-of-town trip -- especially including airline travel -- we carry four: 2 with each parent, in fanny packs at waist.
EB

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 8:13am
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Always two. I wouldn't feel comfortable with only one.

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 9:39am
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I am now having my ds carry two in a little
backpack he has. I also keep a laminated list of his doctor, allergist, his name,
what he is allergic to, our name and address, etc. Also, hand wipes and safe
food for him for a snack. He carries this
with him when we go anywhere.

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 9:48am
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Two too!!

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 10:34am
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I alway carry two with me.

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 10:43am
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Five ;-)
Well, I carry two really, but we have 5 in the house.
Not our usual, but I had to renew the prescription while those we had were not quite expired. So for a little while we have 5

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 10:54am
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We always carry two now, Iused to carry just one, but got another after reading the great info on this site!!
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Linda

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 10:55am
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I may seem crazy but I carry 4 with me at all times. We often go to the beach and we live about 23 minutes from the nearest hospital (a closer one is opening in the spring)so I feel that carrying 4 keeps me calmer and I know that if I had to administer multiple epi's before EMS arrived I would have enough. I also have 2 children with food allergies and God forbid they both get into something at a park for example I would have enough to cover both of them. Granted, my 14 month old has many food allergies/intolerances but nothing anaphalactic so far (knock on wood) I still like to be prepared. AND to be honest I am calmer carrying more....

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 11:26am
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Two on his epibelt. Two at home.

Posted on: Sat, 02/21/2004 - 4:27am
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Two
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Trevor age 2 -PA
Harmony age 1 -KNA
It's a BOY!!! due June 24, 2004

Posted on: Sat, 02/21/2004 - 4:52am
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hmm.. I only carry one epi-pen with me at all times.. although after reading your postings, it is probably a good idea to carry two..
although carrying one is enough work as it is... but 2 is a good idea in case there is a problem with the first one (ie: misfire, etc)

Posted on: Sat, 02/21/2004 - 7:43am
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We always have 2 epipens with us!

Posted on: Sat, 02/21/2004 - 12:14pm
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We carry multiple epipens.
We also make a conscious effort to be within one epipen of ALS EMS ambulance service. We have purposely purchased homes located in ALS EMS ambulance service and [i]within minutes of the hospital such frequents[/i]. (We also considered this since my elderly parents lived with us.) I have seen very expensive homes in both ALS and BLS EMS systems. I have seen very inexpensive homes in both ALS and BLS EMS systems.
When we travel far from home and in unfamiliar situations, vacationing, for example, we travel with our travel trailer and bring our own food. (A [i]HOOT[/i], I TELL YA. A [i]holler[/i], even, as well. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img])
Knowing what we know, and seeing what we have seen, and doing what we do, we avoid risky situations (especially [i]unnecessarily[/i] risky situations), (WRT PA/NUTS [i]and more[/i], and try to substitute with appropriate activities given any limitations we see (WRT PA/NUTS [i]and more[/i]).
Not that this guarantees safety (WRT PA/NUTS [i]and more[/i], but we find it necessary in our *highly individual, unique, and personal situation*. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form.
[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited February 21, 2004).]

Posted on: Sat, 02/21/2004 - 2:22pm
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Two for each PA child (so four total). I like the backpack idea when they get older!
[This message has been edited by mom2nickie (edited February 22, 2004).]

Posted on: Sat, 02/21/2004 - 4:04pm
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We always carry a minimum of two, with a backup that is kept in the house, one that we take in the van and two backups at school. We carry 4 when we travel.

Posted on: Sun, 02/22/2004 - 12:28am
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MB, I conduct our travel similarly, and we happened to live 5 mins(maybe 7) from our hospital. We did not have kids, but now I wouldn't move unless we were close to a hospital.
We literally pack a grocery bag full for the weekend when we visit Grandma or go on vacation, and always book a place with some sort of cooking facility and fridge. Though we do now allow some food at McDonald's and a couple of local places we checked out. becca

Posted on: Sun, 02/22/2004 - 1:57am
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I carry two, and have two more at home. DS carries two and has four more in his dorm room.
DS knows that if and when he ever travels he will always find out how to access the EMS where he is. DS being the Renaissance man he is, I doubt he'll stray far from home anyway although a semester in England (with all of that lovely labelling) is beginning to look good to him.
Peg

Posted on: Sun, 02/22/2004 - 4:09am
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We only carry one. I'm kinda of amazed that everyone has access to so many epi-pens. My allergist only originally prescribed two and I had to beg for a third. We keep one at daycare, one in our ds's backpack and one at home.
Jen

Posted on: Sun, 02/22/2004 - 6:46am
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Jen, my allergist pulls out his pad and askes how many I need. As I think out loud, "Hmm, school, home, friend," he interrupts and says, "how about three(that is twin packs)?" So, the script is for a twin pack of epi-Jrs, and 3 refills. I fill it once(usually have some overlap in my pens at hand), wait a bit(like a month) and then refill. That way I have two sets covered by insurance. Seems if some time passes, the insurance picks up the refill. There is a set at school and I have a set. The school set comes back to me for summer(so I then have 4 for our vacations). In the winter, I try to have four on hand, in case I freeze a set.
So, there is the set I carry and pass to playdates all the time, the set at school and hopefully an extra set that remains home at all times in case something happens to the travelling set(doesn't get returned right away with dd or freezes).
We are very lucky to have so many with only our co-pays.
Ah, edited to add why I posed the question. I was wondering where I stood in relation to most, and wondering if I might feel comfortable giving one to my friend who has dd at least a couple of times a week to play. But I really only feel good with two along, especially someone other than me. More likely to have a food error there, despite being careful. becca
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Posted on: Sun, 02/22/2004 - 7:25am
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I always carry two in my purse. My son has two at school. When he was younger, our regular sitter always carried two, and we left one across the street at his friend's house. When we travel, I usually bring along four or so. Like Becca, our insurance is good about paying for refills.
At this point, I'm feeling like my son should be assuming the responsibility for carrying the pens himself - he's 10. I know many kids are already carrying them by this age, but I have such a hard time transferring it over. It scares me. I guess it will be a gradual process for him to be sure to be wearing his epi-belt thing whenever he leaves the house. Just so hard for me to do.

Posted on: Mon, 02/23/2004 - 1:10am
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Two in our travel case, two at home in the kitchen cupboard, two at daycare, and one at school!!!
They only wanted one at school since they keep one on hand at all times that isn't child-specific, so they'd have two just in case, and their MO is to call the ambulance (nearest ambulance is about five minutes away, and our EMTs have epis) as soon as they suspect an allergic reaction. Interestingly, they are VERY careful with my DD--they take her to the nurse's office if she's itching or runny at all, just to make sure. Last week we got a call about her itching. She just had plain old winter dry skin, but it's nice that they are so careful!
Sarah

Posted on: Mon, 02/23/2004 - 10:35am
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We always carry a minimum of two; more if we're travelling.
Besides the misfiring issue, there's always the issue of somehow being delayed in getting to the hospital (think earthquake, etc. here in California).
Protocol allows for repeat administration of epi after 15-20 minutes if not yet safely at hospital and son still having trouble....

Posted on: Mon, 02/23/2004 - 11:53am
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Originally I only carried one, but when I was staying at a cottage that was quite far from a hospital the doctor agreed I should carry two.
My son carries one in an e-belt, and has one that stays at school. During summer vacation I carry his extra, and when we went away for a weekend I picked up the one from the school just for the weekend so we had two each.
In an emergency I wouldn't hesitate to use mine on him.

Posted on: Tue, 02/24/2004 - 12:48am
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Hi....I am really enjoying reading the boards. We are new to this, so right now I only carry one, but I am seeing that maybe that's not good enough. I will probably get another. Incidentally, my son's allergist said to call anytime I want or need more.
Melanie
ds Luke age 2 PA

Posted on: Tue, 02/24/2004 - 1:07am
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FOUR!! Two for each child

Posted on: Tue, 02/24/2004 - 2:26am
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We carry 3 in DD bag. We have 2 downstairs & 1 upstairs here at home. Our allergist & our pediatrician both will give us however many prescriptions we need. Both always prescribe the dual pack.
When we go anywhere out of town, we always take 2 from home too as a lot of times we are 30 minutes to an hour away from a hospital.
Lea
-dd, Jamie, almost 4 - PA, TNA
-ds, David, almost 1 - unknown

Posted on: Tue, 02/24/2004 - 3:31am
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I need to correct my post a bit: I carry two with me in my bag at all times. DD has two at school, and we have two extras at home. Those two extras at home are our security blanket, so I never have to worry about ever being anywhere without an Epipen nearby. I would be concerned about an allergist who was reluctant to prescribe as many as I wanted.

Posted on: Tue, 02/24/2004 - 11:01am
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We carry two with us at all times and have two at daycare. When we travel I take all four with us. Also, just a note, make sure the two you keep together are different expiration dates and lot numbers. My allergist said to always have two different in case one batch was bad or faulty you will not have both from the same lot number.
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Edward-20 years-EA,dog, cat,sulfa drugs
Cody-8 years- EA,dog,cat,mosquito
Shaylyn-4 years-PA/TNA,dog,cat,Amoxicillian,Zithromax,Asthma

Posted on: Tue, 02/24/2004 - 9:32pm
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2!

Posted on: Wed, 02/25/2004 - 10:23am
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Always two for us in the epi-belt at my son's waist and more if we will be travelling some distance from a hospital. Thanks for asking.

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