This might be a dumb question but (m)

Posted on: Tue, 07/15/2008 - 10:17am
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For those of you who have had to use your epi- pen and go to the ER. What did they do for you there? I know that you are supposed to go to the ER after in case the reaction comes back... if it does do they give another epi? or something else?
I WILL go to the ER if I ever have to use it but no one has ever said what happens when you get there?

thanks

Posted on: Tue, 07/15/2008 - 11:36am
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Wow, what a great question!!!
We haven't been to the ER, but his only PA reaction landed us in our after-hours clinic (should have been the ER if I would have known better!). There he got a steriod shot and we watched the swelling in his face return to a normal looking child. We were there a couple hours and released when he was "better."
Will be following this thread to see what others say about their ER experience.
Btw,this is a tad bit related-- I have heard repeatedly to always call 911 and not drive yourselves to the ER. Even if you live a block away. The paramedics who gave our CPR class said the ER will ALWAYS take the ambulance rider first over anyone waiting in the waiting room.

Posted on: Tue, 07/15/2008 - 1:15pm
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You know there are no dumb questions!
Our daughter has had the epi once and it was for accidental direct ingestion and so it was a big deal.
She was transported by ambulance. They started IV Benadryl before departing. At the ER she was closely monitored for a while. When the second wave of reaction hit they attempted oral steroids. She promptly threw up the lot (plus the peanuts) so she got IV steroids instead. She also had IV fluids to help flush her system. She was admitted and stayed about 24 hours. She followed up with her pediatrician the next day.
All was well.
Everyone was friendly and my daughter was not as traumatized as I might have imagined.
Actually once you've done it, it doesn't seem as scary anymore. And the Hospital Doctor praised prompt use of the epi for allowing her to recover as well as she did.

Posted on: Tue, 07/15/2008 - 9:49pm
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I hate to say that I belong to the "been to the ER club" but I now do. My son's RAST tests showed he outgrew PA earlier in the year but I refused to the oral challenge at home. When went back in for a check up two weeks ago, I took PB and the allergist gave it to him. Less than 5 minutes later he began to vomit, swollen lips, etc. They immediately gave him an Epi and a shot of Benadryl in her office. They also called 911. I'm not sure why but they would not let him sit up or wear his shirt in the office or on the ambulance.
Once at the hospital, they gave him a shot of steroids. Then they kept us for observation for about 5 hours. Since he threw it up I think they were a little less worried about a secondary reaction.
Really about an hour after the whole experience, his normal spunky self reemerged.
As a side note, if they ever tell you to give your child PB at home b/c tests show there is no allergy, DON'T!! In the end, my allergist told me I made the right choice by coming in. I got the feeling she never had a 0 RAST and then had someone have a reaction. It all would have been so much more scary for that to happen at home!!

Posted on: Wed, 07/16/2008 - 12:17am
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I have had to use my son's epi-pen once. You can see my post in the reactions section (1st ER visit, scared & worried).
Hope that helps.

Posted on: Wed, 07/16/2008 - 2:17am
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Aside from treating the reaction, there are risks associated with taking epinephrine. They will monitor blood pressure, heart rate, etc.

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