Who administered the EpiPen?

Posted on: Sun, 10/14/2001 - 11:53am
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Has anyone other than you or a family member administered an EpiPen or EpiPen Jr. to your child?

If so, was it in a private or public school setting?

Do you feel it saved your child's life or that is was administered out of panic?

I am doing some research for the current situation at my son's previous school.

Thanks so much for your help!

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Peanut/Nut-free wishes,
Victoria

Posted on: Mon, 10/15/2001 - 12:20pm
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Hi vic,
Last school year, the school nurse gave my daughter the EpiPen. It is a public school. This was done according to the protocol that we had in place. (She was vomiting and had a funny feeling in her throat - those symptoms are indicators to use it.) You never know how a reaction will progress, but I do think she saved her life.
I hope that helps!

Posted on: Mon, 10/15/2001 - 1:30pm
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Hi CarolynM, thanks for your reply. I am so glad that the school did what they were supposed to do. How comforting that must be to know they will respond properly if the need arises. Did you ever figure out what triggered your daughter's reaction?
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Victoria

Posted on: Mon, 10/15/2001 - 2:07pm
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vic, this reply probably isn't going to assist you in any way at all. I have been very fortunate that Jesse has not had to have an Epi-pen administered while in the public school system yet (touch wood).
Out of the three Epi-pens that he has had administered, his first was from the doctor at the Medical Centre next door to us. The second was the second one he received the night of his last reaction after my DH had administered the first one and we took him to emerg.
However, I do think that this is an excellent question. I recently re-read my son's emergency plan (as well as the one I would have been filling out for my daughter if we were staying in this school) and I noticed in very fine print it says "Administration of the medication is on a voluntary basis only".
I'm ashamed to say that I haven't thought to ask, in three years, when I've had Jesse's form filled out what this fine print actually means. Perhaps I'll remember to do so when I have his new emergency plan made out at the new school next month.
I do know that in speaking with teachers at Jesse's school last year to see if they had ever had to administer an Epi-pen at the school, one of the teachers in the very small group I was speaking with said that he had.
For some reason here, we don't have nurses in the schools anymore.
Sorry, I know I wasn't any help and then went into babble mode. Excellent question though and I do hope you get some response!
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 10/16/2001 - 12:28pm
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vic, I guess I should have elaborated - I knew exactly what she reacted to: a bagel that had a small amount of walnuts in it. (I was told by 3 different people at the bakery that it was nut-free) She started reacting at home (funny feeling in her throat.) I gave her Benadryl and she was fine. When I did take her to school, I explained everything to the teacher and the nurse, so they would be aware if she had any other symptoms. This may also be why they reacted so quickly. Incidently, the whole thing made everyone in the school aware of how serious the allergy is, and I'm sure they would not hesitate in the future.

Posted on: Sat, 10/20/2001 - 11:22am
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CarolynM,
It sounds like you have a great communication line going! I am so glad everything worked out for you. Thanks again for your input.
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Victoria

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