off to middle school with epipen

Posted on: Fri, 08/18/2006 - 11:37am
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Our ds is going to middle school and will be allowed to carry his own epipen (nurse will have one too). I prefer he carry two at all times (in case a mistake is made with the first one or a 2nd dose is needed). What is the most discreet carrier you know of? DS is very uncomfortable about others seeing his meds bag. He usually wears shirts untucked, but needs something that won't "look like a big pregnant belly or fat bum" under his shirt. He will also be carrying his inhaler and 2 benadryl fastmelts. Any help out there?
margaret

Posted on: Fri, 08/18/2006 - 1:14pm
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My son always had his backpack with him so kept his Epi-pen and inhaler in an outer pocket. Are backpacks allowed at your school?
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Posted on: Fri, 08/18/2006 - 1:21pm
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We have done one year at middle school. Last year we used an epi belt but this did seem noticeable. This year we are trying cargo pants with big pockets on the legs. Not sure how that will work but will give it a try.

Posted on: Fri, 08/18/2006 - 4:10pm
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These are pretty discrete if worn in the back under your shirt. [url="http://www.medipouch.com/products.html"]http://www.medipouch.com/products.html[/url]
DD is 7 and wears the one injector size under her shirt in back. It's not very noticeable. You could also consider the Twinject. Its case is smaller than the Epipen case and it contains two doses in one injector. [url="http://www.twinject.com"]http://www.twinject.com[/url]
Cathy
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Posted on: Fri, 08/18/2006 - 10:21pm
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My DD is entering middle school this year and I was wondering how she was going to carry her Epi. Her school prefers that they carry one themselves, one in the nurse's office and one in her homeroom teachers room. I prefer they keep one in the cafeteria also, as it makes the most sense to have it where they will be around food the most. Still working on that.
Her school does not allow backpacks carried from class to class. They have brief locker times throughout the day when they can change books. However, they will allow her to carry a purse (a little easier for a girl) and that is where I think she will keep hers. I like the idea of carrying two, but I think she'll only carry one.
All the years prior to this, she has not had to deal with the responsibility of carrying her own Epis. She has told me several times she [i]does not[/i] want to take on this responsibility. I told her that as she gets older, this is another step where she will assume some more of the responsibility and as she gets older and into adulthood, she will take full responsibility. I had to fill out a form that said to self-administer or not. I checked off no, but am rethinking if this is a good idea or not. In case of a reaction, she will have to wait for someone to come (probably the nurse) and give it to her (seconds wasted). On the other hand, would she be coherent enough to remember what to do?

Posted on: Sat, 08/19/2006 - 10:51am
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DD is also going into middle school and I have already been thankful for the purse option and thought about the boys.
Is there a big planner type notebook that your could put a special emergency pack in? Maybe a three hole punch thing? FAAN sells red nylon bags that say Emergency Food Allergy Medicine with a clip on zipper pull.
We also have the EpiMate holder (from FAAN). It comes in colors and can hook on a belt. If DS didn't want it on his belt, maybe on his planner/assignment notebook that he would take to every class?
Please let us know what you select. It is a hard age to look different.

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2006 - 1:40pm
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I don't believe packpacks are allowed in between classes, only before and after school. He picked the allergypack double with inhaler pocket. I also ordered a medipouch for him in case for another option. Usually he is an untucked kind of guy, but he is real thin, so I hope the meds won't be too noticable, for his self consciousness' sake.
Margaret

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2006 - 1:58pm
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my ds is going to 5th grade this year. This will be his first year to carry is own epi with him.
Up until the end of 4th grade, he has had an enabler with him. I have already gone over protocol with his teacher and school.
I too have to find something that he will be comfortable having with him besides his backpack.
They want him to start being responsible in 5th grade to carry one with him.
thanks for the ideas.
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Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 1:06pm
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Does the medi pouch fit two epi-pens and the inhaler? We have the one that has a belt and also can clip on to belt or pants. It is called the Ana tote. What is nice about it is that it is also insulated. I keep my supply in one as well. It holds two epis and inhaler, but it is a bit bulky under a tight shirt. My son wasn't so happy about wearing it. I hesitate about the backpack idea because it is so easy to leave it somewhere. Our son (6th grade) will be carrying his in his backpack on the bus only. At school his backpack will be in his locker and others will be placed throughout the school for fast access.

Posted on: Fri, 08/18/2006 - 1:14pm
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My son always had his backpack with him so kept his Epi-pen and inhaler in an outer pocket. Are backpacks allowed at your school?
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Posted on: Fri, 08/18/2006 - 1:21pm
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We have done one year at middle school. Last year we used an epi belt but this did seem noticeable. This year we are trying cargo pants with big pockets on the legs. Not sure how that will work but will give it a try.

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