Epi Pens

Posted on: Sat, 03/03/2001 - 12:41pm
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pExactly what are epi-pens? My brother used to carry a "shot" around with him everywhere, but I'm guessing epi-pens are the modern equivilent?/p

Posted on: Sat, 03/03/2001 - 1:04pm
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An Epi pen is a metered dose of ephinephrine in an auto-injector. You just pull the cap off, place it on the thigh (lots of flesh, so the possibilty of hitting a vein is less) and press. So yes, it is probably the same as the shot you refer to. Lots of people know it as a "bee sting" kit since that is what is used to counteract stings too.

Posted on: Sat, 10/23/2004 - 2:20pm
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sorry to reply to my own post, but i just wanted to say sorry i put this topic in the wrong area.

Posted on: Sun, 10/24/2004 - 1:01am
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mamakat, hi and welcome. I just went and read your other posts. Your son is 2 1/2, has severe pa and asthma, and your insurance company doesn't think epis are necessary?? What kind of insurance do you have? I would ask your allergist to call the insurance company and tell them they are necessary. Good luck!

Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 1:07pm
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thanks momma2boys. I appreciate the reply. I feel like i'm going crazy. it's good to have other people who will listen. I've been fighting with them for the past month. My sons allergist has sent several letters. first they said that
it wasnt medically nessasery, now today i called them for the (i can't even count) time, now it's that they don't cover injectibles. maybe the will hepl me. I call the state insurance commishiner. we're self employed so insurance is very expensive and hard to find a company that will except pre exsiting conditions.

Posted on: Wed, 10/27/2004 - 2:31pm
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Are you trying to get them covered under as a perscription benefit, or as a self-injectible?
WIth one of the insurance companies we dealt with, our son's epi-pens were covered as a self injectible (same category as insulin), rather than as a perscription.

Posted on: Tue, 11/02/2004 - 1:08pm
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solarflare thanks for responding, i'll talk to the insurance company asap. i had no idea about that. thank you.

Posted on: Tue, 05/15/2007 - 5:57am
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I have 2 adults friends who have been dealing with this for 40+ years and my son has needed NO Epi-Pen for his almost 10 years with diagnosis.
Try (as best as possible) not to panic. I am always pleased to see few (and far between) postings on the Reaction Board.

Posted on: Tue, 05/15/2007 - 5:59am
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Thanks, good to know. I assume this is due to you being very good about what he eats. I am worried, I guess as I live with it for a while with her I will be in a better place. For now I just want to make sure she has a great quality of life and a super long one

Posted on: Tue, 05/15/2007 - 6:06am
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Hello and welcome! I'm so sorry that your introduction to the board is the "In Memory" thread. I still can't read that thread without crying, and I've been dealing with my son's PA for five years now.
To answer your question, yes, most PA people live healthy, normal lives. You'll meet some of the PA adults here who have been dealing with PA long before there was proper labeling or the type of support you get today. There are no reliable statistics on PA deaths, but they are rare, especially if epinephrine is used immediately.
Dealing with PA is a balancing act, but I try and think about it as I would any common-sense method of protecting my child. I use car seats, and require my kids to wear bicycle helmets. I signed them up for swim lessons, and supervise them closely at the pool. I lock away household cleaners and other potential poisons.
Does that mean my kids absolutely won't die in a car crash, or in a bicycle fall, or drown, or be poisoned? No, but I don't let those possibilities stop us from enjoying life to the fullest.
These boards are a great place for practical information and support, but at times the emotions here can become overwhelming. If you ever feel yourself becoming too stressed by the boards, it's okay to take a little break. We'll be here!

Posted on: Tue, 05/15/2007 - 6:07am
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(((( HUGS )))) I went through that feeling of fear and terror too but.. .it passes with time. You'll educate yourself, others around you and learn more and more. Knowledge is a powerful thing. Acceptance is too if that makes sense. Hang in there!

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