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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
[This message has been edited by becca (edited February 22, 2004).]

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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Alicia, mom to:
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

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