Epi Pens and the Police

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 6:11am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

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.


Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 7:08am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

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.

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 8:36am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 11:07am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 11:25am
Lori Anne's picture
Joined: 07/13/2005 - 09:00

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!

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 1:51pm
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 5:52am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

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]

Posted on: Sun, 12/31/2006 - 10:46am
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Anonymous (not verified)

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] )

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 1:24am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Quote: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]

Posted on: Fri, 01/05/2007 - 3:41am
jmarcustry's picture
Joined: 10/09/2000 - 09:00

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"

Posted on: Fri, 01/05/2007 - 4:20am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

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!


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