Epi Pens and the Police

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Last night my son (22)and his friend took the bus to see a film. On the way home around 9PM the police stopped their bus because they believed a robbery suspect was on the bus.

They had each passenger leave the bus one by one with their hands up in the air. They had to walk backwards to the police and were patted down and then released to the group of non suspects.

While my son was walking backward to the police they asked was he carrying any weapons? He said he had two epi pens hanging from his belt loop.

The police asked what were they for and DS told him they were for a potentially fatal peanut allergy. The cop opened one of the containers, looked at the epi pen and said "Hey cool...."

I guess for my son it was more interesting than scary but I think he was smart to alert the police to his epi pens rather than have one of them set one off or take them away.

Peg

On Dec 29, 2006

Peg, once again I am impressed. You really have raised your son to have good sense and be truly responsible. This is not the first time you have posted something about your son to make me think this. One of my goals in life is to raise my son to be as sensible and responsible as yours.

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On Dec 29, 2006

Thanks. He's a nice man. Decent sort. He's put up with a lot in his life. Gee nothing BIG and serious but he's dealt with alot. It has been such a pleasure to be his mom.

He was so grateful today getting his first shot of Xolair. That felt so good.

Peg

On Dec 29, 2006

Hiya Peg, Your son is getting Xolair? Fantastic! I must have missed the announcement! Congratulations! I know you've been working on it for a while.

cheers, Adele

On Dec 29, 2006

I love reading the stories about your son too. Makes me keep things in mind for the future--things I never think about dealing with because dd is so very little right now.

Keep us updated on how he does with Xolair (if you don't mind). Good luck!

On Dec 29, 2006

He got his first Xolair shot today. I'll be giving them to him myself every two weeks.

I'll be interested to see how it works. The doctor said that if after six months his asthma is still a problem and/or he is still having airborne reactions he might just stop the Xolair because it is not working.

He has full faith it will work and calm down his PA and asthma. DS is very happy and optomistic about the whole thing.

Peg

On Dec 30, 2006

Peg, I'll be reading anxiously to find out how the Xolair goes.

Your son absolutely did the right thing WRT the epipens and the police. The police do not like being surprised, and in a tense situation you never know what can happen. He's got a good head on his shoulders, that's for sure. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Amy

On Dec 31, 2006

Definitely best to let the police know.

If the police were unfamiliar with the epi-pen, and it sounds like they were, it's almost a natural thing to shake them. Without removing the grey cap that shouldn't cause a problem, but, who wants to risk it.

I've never had a problem with my epi-pens, but I've had sewing sissors taken away by a security guard. (I was so embarrassed. They were those tiny fold-up kind, and I had stuck them in my back pocket and forgotten all about them. Until I set off alarms entering Wonderland. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] Really, they are so dangerous -- if I attacked someone it might take all of three stitches to fix them up. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] )

On Jan 1, 2007

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Originally posted by AnnaMarie: [b] Really, they are so dangerous -- if I attacked someone it might take all of three stitches to fix them up. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] )[/b]

But I'm sure with your hulking, threatening physique they didn't want to take any chances. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Amy

On Jan 5, 2007

wow i would have never thought of that. letting police know of the epi pens i carry. see now you've helped me. glad to hear your sons doing well, he is a fine young man. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

------------------ praying for "baby seashell"

On Jan 5, 2007

Thanks JMC. I am horrified that he found himself in that situation but he's getting streetwise (and that is a good thing)after so many years being sheltered by private schools and the biggest culprit ME!

Peg

On Jan 5, 2007

ROFL @ Amy

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Originally posted by Peg541: [b]after so many years being sheltered by private schools and the biggest culprit ME! [/b]

I hope that is NOT an apology. (It doesn't sound like one, but just not sure.)

I am forever criticized for sheltering my children -- but really, isn't that why I'm here? Who else will do it if not me? The two older ones are out on their own now. But, the door is always open (they have keys just in case [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ). Having been so *overprotected* they are doing just fine. Just like it sounds like your kids are -- doing just fine. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jan 5, 2007

Anna Marie I don't think I could have done it any other way. Sheltering them I mean. Both kids knew they were sheltered and it was OK with them. They were also both grateful to experience some real life too! Peg

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