My daughter has had her peanut, tree nut, and sesame allergies for two and a half years, last week was the first time we needed to use an epipen.
Let me start by saying that I am very grateful this is our first experience with epinephrine, or even a reaction that even came close to needing it. My daughter carries an epipen, but has been very fortunate in the fact that she has never needed to use it.
And last week we were very fortunate to be at the allergist when she did actually need one. If you need Epinephrine, an allergy clinic with tons of doctors and medical staff, trained in allergies, is the place to be.
My daughter was has been going through some allergy testing the last few weeks, and at her appointment last week, she had a reaction. After a mega dose of benadryl, some steroids, and a shot of Epinephrine, she was fine. Well, she was a bit worn out and drugged up, but she was fine.
Going through the whole experience though, and talking to my sister whose family deals with several severe allergies, got me thinking about the seriousness of allergies.
I know the seriousness of what we are dealing with, but your child needing a shot of epinephrine, makes what you are dealing with really hit home. Reality sunk in for me last week, and I started thinking about the what if’s of dealing with life threatening allergies.
Like the what if my daughter has a reaction when I am not around, what if her reaction is so bad that she is not with it enough to know what to do, or what if no one around her knows what to do? The reality is you can read labels and be very careful about what goes into your mouth, but no matter how careful you are things can still happen.
So, I am seriously thinking of getting my daughter a medical alert bracelet or necklace to wear. The fact that she might need one, or that it might be wise to get her one, did not even cross my mind until I was talking to my sister about the whole experience. Because the whole idea is new to me, I thought I would ask you all what your thoughts were.
If you, or someone in your family, has a life threatening allergy, do you wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace? I would love to hear your thoughts on it and why you do or don’t wear one?