first time using epi-pen

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2001 - 10:46pm
Gabrielle's picture
Joined: 05/23/2000 - 09:00

pThree days ago we had to use my son's epi for the first time. (He has Peanut, treenut, seafood ,pea and mustard food allergies) He went over to a friends and was holding their small puppy. He was moderately allergic to dogs, so we thought. We gave our dog away 5 years ago when we found out about his allergy. When we go somewhere with a dog we keep him away from it and if he does pet it we wash his hands right away. But he has been around them all his life,(at his grandparents, at his aunts house..) and usually just got some hives and at most requires benadryl. He NEVER had a reaction like this really caught us off guard.(He SWORE he did not eat ANYTHING while he was there. He is not allowed to have snacks at anyones house without asking...) By the time I walked him home..his eyes were swollen shut and he had HUNDREDS of welts on his face and neck and arms.His face was soo swollen. His nose was swollen and he started to cough. Thats when we injected him. I was always afriad of having to use the epi. We did keep hesitating..but when we gave it to him within 10 seconds his face returned to normal again. It was AMAZING. We had already called 911, and by the time the paramedics got here...he was doing great. I just wanted to let you know that now I have a tiny bit less fear in me. I pray that we will never have to use it again...but I am soooo thankful of how FANTASTIC it worked! I will not hesitate next time to use it. Thank God I was close to home and close to the epi. It re-reminded us that we need to have it with us AT ALL TIMES. Please remember to keep it with you... you never know when something will catch you off guard./p

Posted on: Sat, 05/26/2001 - 12:30am
PattyR's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

I have also used the epipen once and had a similar feeling afterwards. I guess I felt empowered that I had the ability to control the situation for once! My son was also amazed at how little pain there was when he was injected. Even though I would wish that experience on him again, what we learned was invaluable. Good for you for having the courage to use it.

Posted on: Sat, 05/26/2001 - 4:29am
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

Hi Gabrielle: sorry to hear about your experience and am glad everything was alright. Just as an FYI, I learned on this board that a lot of dog food/treats use peanuts or nut products as fillers. Something to be aware of, if your child is around animals. Take care!

Posted on: Sat, 05/26/2001 - 12:03pm
Pnuts R Evil's picture
Joined: 01/17/2001 - 09:00

Thank you for posting this. I, for one, feel better after reading it having never used our epi-pen.

Posted on: Wed, 05/30/2001 - 8:43am
mom2two's picture
Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

important post to bring up top!

Posted on: Mon, 05/06/2002 - 5:45am
Lisa V's picture
Joined: 03/12/2002 - 09:00

I have often wondered how well the Epi-oen would work. I found this post very encouraging and wanted to raise it to the top.

Posted on: Mon, 05/06/2002 - 6:17am
Love my C's picture
Joined: 04/03/2002 - 09:00

Lisa V,
Thanks for raising this. I'd never read it. I would also be curious if the puppy had eaten food/treats containing peanut. I have never used the epipen and can relate to those fears. I haven't even opened the box it came in! Probably should, huh? We do practice with the trainers though. I am amazed that PattyR's son said there was little pain with it. Amazing!

Posted on: Mon, 05/06/2002 - 7:02am
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Lisa V
Thanks for making my day. I hope to never have to use my epi., but I feel a little better carrying it around now. I don't think I would have ever delayed using it, but I feel a little safer knowing it actually worked...

Posted on: Mon, 05/06/2002 - 8:07am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

I recommend practicing with the real Epipens when they expire by injecting it into an orange. It is very helpful. It shows you what it is really like. You can see how the needle sticks out after. Also, the click on the real Epipen is louder than on the trainer.

Posted on: Tue, 05/07/2002 - 4:42am
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I never tried a trainer, but my doctor made the suggestion of testing an expired epi in an orange. I don't know if I *punched* it to hard or what, but juice came squirting everywhere. Biggest puddle landed in the butter. (Wouldn't that make an interesting sandwich?) I have now learned -- don't use epi-pen near the butter ;-O

Posted on: Tue, 05/07/2002 - 5:44am
Love my C's picture
Joined: 04/03/2002 - 09:00

By the way, how long is the actual needle in the epi-pen, jr? Do you need a good size orange? And then how do you dispose of the epi-pen?


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