PA Adults - Do you always carry epipen?

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2000 - 8:38am
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This ? was actually raised last month when a 39 year old PA man went into anaphylactic shock & died. We were not able to find out whether he had been administered an epipen or
not so we could not post this information. However, this ? was raised - did he have his epipen with him? This is, in no way, an attempt to "blame the victim", but simply wondering if PA Adults do carry their epipen with them all the time or if you don't, why
you feel comfortable not doing so. I know one woman who needs it for shellfish but never carries it. Does it have to do with your own "comfort zone"? I'm hoping that people feel free to openly admit if they don't always carry one and although I'm certainly not trying to control content in the discussion thread, I would hope that if someone admits to not carrying it all the time they would not be questioned for not doing so. Best wishes.


Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2000 - 11:12pm
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Joined: 12/11/2006 - 09:00

I am 28 years old and had my first anaphylactic reaction 3 years ago. Before that I did not even know that there was such a thing as an epi pen - I always just avoided nuts. Once I had such a severe reaction I got an epi pen - at first I carried it everywhere, then I would leave it home if I was going out and didn't plan on eating anything, but now after much more education I always have it with me. I even keep one in my locker at the gym. Its a horrible feeling to think you are going to die - that is exactly how I felt during the reaction - I asked for a priest - the epi is my peace of mind and potential life saver. My life is too important to leave the epi pen home.

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2000 - 12:53am
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Joined: 04/26/2001 - 09:00

Hello. I am 47 and almost always keep my epi pen with me, especially if I am going out to eat. Andy

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2000 - 2:24am
Yankee's picture
Joined: 03/08/2000 - 09:00

I'm 25 and I ALWAYS have my epi-pen with me. Sometimes if I am going somewhere a little more remote, I will bring two epi-pens, just in case. You can never be too careful in my opinion!

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2000 - 3:01am
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Joined: 01/17/1999 - 09:00

I carry mine in my purse (gender marker [img][/img]) and so have it with me all of the time except when gassing up the van or going to the hardware store, when I just have my keys and card. There are no side trips for donuts without the epi: if I'm planning on doing anything at all involving food, I take my purse. And if something unplanned comes up, well, I go home and get it.

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2000 - 4:37am
BENSMOM's picture
Joined: 05/20/2000 - 09:00

To the guys--how do you carry the epi-pen? Women put it in their purses. What do you do?

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2000 - 4:59am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I go everywhere with it....and let me tell you, once or twice if I forgot....whoever I am with ALWAYS reminds me....noone wants the responsibility of an emergency.
Sadly I think for most people it takes a severe reaction as a wake-up call...which hopefully others can learn from our experience!

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2000 - 5:18am
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Joined: 04/26/2001 - 09:00

I usually keep 2 epi pens in my brief case. If we go out and I do not take my brief case I take a jacket and keep one 1 in a jacket pocket. Andy

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2000 - 6:58am
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Joined: 01/17/1999 - 09:00

Oh, yeah, and if I'm all dressed up and have no appropriate place to put it (evening bags being the size they are), then I give it to my husband, who then sticks even closer to me than usual [img][/img].

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2000 - 2:40pm
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Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

I got my first epi 3 years ago even though I've been anaphylactic since I was a baby. Since it's still "new" to me I'm not as diligent as I should be. I keep it in my purse which I usually have with me. I know within milliseconds that a reaction is starting and my epi is never so far that I couldn't get to it.

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2000 - 6:22pm
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Joined: 10/14/1999 - 09:00

I usually have a back pack or a hand bag with me, so I carry it in either of those. If I am not carrying a bag, I'll put it in a jacket pocket.
I used to leave it in my bag at my desk in work when going for lunch, but I am getting more nervous about having a reaction, so I now take it with me and just carry it in my hand. There is a guy I work with who is allergic to sea-food and he carries his in a pocket at all times too.

Posted on: Wed, 08/02/2000 - 1:41pm
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Joined: 10/30/1999 - 09:00

On top of my 10 year old daughter being allergic to peanuts and nuts, my husband is allergic to wasps. I went to Radio Shack and purchased a cell phone carry case that clips onto is belt loop. It is great for when he is casual or dressed up. Before this he forgot it alot in the "other coat" or on the counter. Now it hangs on the key rack right beside my daughter fanny pack. If he steps out the door without it one of our 4 children let him know!

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