\"You\'re not reacting\" - how to teach \"Yes I am\"

Posted on: Thu, 02/03/2005 - 11:53pm
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Peg541 posted:
Quote:Originally posted by Peg541:
My comfort zone is not very large. I have seen my son come pretty close to full blown anaphylaxis from just being in the room with peanut candy.
He carries 2 epi pens, a cell phone, Bendaryl, a health insurance card and a medical history.
He has permission to override the decision of any "well meaning" adult who takes a wait and see attitude or is not taking him seriously. That includes his parents.
I wish he did not have to live like this but he does and we learn and move on.


That well meaning adult I'm mostly talking about is my husband. He is cheap, we pay tons for medical insurance with an enormous deductible.

The first reaction our son had luckily we were all together at home. He used his epi pen and my husband suggested we take him to the pediatrician (who does not charge us.) I whispered to my husband that our son would die in the waiting room.

My son looked at his dad and said "I have to go to the emergency room NOW DAD!"

My husband was floored and we drove to the ER which was less than 1/2 mile from home. WE have since learned to call 911, no questions asked but I was extremely proud of our son being able to know what he needed even during his first reaction!


Kudos to Peg541's son and to her for teaching him this.

DD carries an emergency medical card that has insurance info, medical history and permission to treat ( "in the even we, her parents, cannot be reached, we give permission for Lauren to receive any and all medical attention necessary to remove her from danger and stabilize her condition and we assume full responsibility for all medical bills" (not exact wording - but to that effect) This is a laminated card with both mine and DH's signatures. All my kids carry one unique to them.

Though I know it can happen, it never occured to me that someone might not take this seriously and might not think she is in danger, hence, the purpose of this card has failed.

It can happen that an ER doesn't know anything about food allergies and this could occur. Peg, if you read this - how would your son handle? For all others, any thoughts? How about on how to re-word card so that it says, 'believe what she says and do it'.


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