ER experience

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I took my youngest dd to the ER last night, not for a food allergy but for nursemaid's elbow. In any event, a young girl (12?) and her mom came in to the ER as I was waiting. The girl had a known shellifish allergy. She was around a family member as they were grilling salmon, and when she smelled it had immediate eye swelling and coughing. Mom administered the epi and they went to the ER. However, the mom said that she had given the epi 30 minutes or so prior, and we sat for 15 or 20 minutes after that. The girl's eyes were still swelling and I noticed an increase in coughing. The mom also told em the girl ahd asthma.Scary.

I was shocked at a few things. First, she was triaged and waited for quite a long time though it was a FA that I would think met the criteria for an anyplactic reaction. BTW, this was not a small hospital. This was a large, regional children's hospital and medical school- if fact, my children's allergist works there!

DH and I agreed that if this happened to our PA DD that no matter what, we would call 911 so that she would be transported in an ambulance so that she would be seen sooner when at the hospital. Is this the best way not to sit in triage for hours? I'm telling you, I would LOSE MY MIND if we had to wait for all the high fevers and nursemaid's elbows and whatever if I actually had to give the epi. Any other advice/thoughts?


On Feb 15, 2005

I have sat in ER waiting rooms with my son praying for him to not die while people with sprained ankles were rushed past us on stretchers by EMTs.

I was almost taken away by security when I INSISTED my son be taken in. People just do not know and at that point I felt pushed to my limit.

I will never again leave the house with my son reacting. I will only call 911 and my son also knows that no matter how he feels he is to call 911 immediately. No matter what anyone else says. (He is 20)

The EMTs get that door to the ER open, all others are at the mercy of whoever is sitting at the desk and may in fact be a pink lady.


On Feb 15, 2005

My son's allergist recommended always calling 911. In most cases, they can get to you faster than you can get to a hospital. I would also feel better having them there in case the reaction got worse. I also drove my son to a local ER the first time and I'm surprised I didn't wreck my car. I was very scared and trying to drive fast. I wouldn't drive again unless there wasn't ambulance service.

On Feb 15, 2005

I have actually heard of people calling 911 while waiting inside the ER.

On Feb 16, 2005

I have learned from reading all these stories here, if my child is anaphylaxis, call 911. Like Suzy Q, said about driving to the ER, especially if you are alone it would be very dangerous to drive. It reminds me of when my mom had a severe life-threatening asthma attack. I was in high school. It happened over night, and my dad took my mom to the ER instead of calling 911. They made her wait, meanwhile she could barely breath. My dad told us he had to yell at the ER staff that she isn't able to breath. We did almost lose her back then, so just another reminder to always call 911.

On Feb 16, 2005

We've had experience waiting in the ER after driving. (Will always call 911 too after being lectured by my son's allergist for doing a transport ourselves.)

But I've also had an EMT tell me my son isn't bad and try to refuse to drive us to the hospital. (I had given the epi ten minutes before and DS looked almost normal again.) I raised a fuss and got us transported, but it was really too much effort.


On Mar 2, 2005

Ive been told if its more thank hives or itchy eyes, EPI!

On Mar 2, 2005

It is really good that you brought this up. I never thought about this. We used to live 5 blocks from the ER. I would have used the epi and driven her. This is a good reason to call 911, even if you live right by the ER.

On Apr 3, 2005

I don't want to waste anyone's time, and I may be posting this on the wrong thread (I know there is a "travel" one) but you guys have been through the ER experience, I haven't yet with my son, no EPI yet needed. He's severely allergic, but we've lived very carefully since he was diagnosed (at 16 mos., he's now 7). Anyway, what plan of action do you follow when you're out of the country? They have ambulances but I guess you'd have to find out beforehand how you call for one? My family is planning a trip to Nassau, Bahamas, I don't know if we'll back out. Thanks! KathyL