Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Kiwi + Anapen = sleepless night

So, my son has a life-threatening allergy (anaphylactic reaction) to nuts so he has to carry Ana-pens (injections of epinephrine) and Benedryl with him at all times.

When an Ana-pen expires or is no longer good, we practice with it before throwing it away. "Someone" put it in his checked luggage before flying back to France after his Christmas vacation and the liquid froze which ruined the ana-pen. So, last night, instead of using "Bob's" outer thigh (which is where the injection should be given if he was having a reaction), we used fruit for our victim. This time, it was the kiwi's turn.

Several steps are required to prep the ana-pen prior to injection. Since boys will be boys, my husband and son don't always feel the need to read and review the directions (which are in French).

Anyways, as "Bob" took aim at his victim, I freaked out and screamed. Which in turn made Bob freak out and jump. I thought that "Bob" had the Ana-pen upside-down in his hand and that he was going to inject himself in his thumb - which is so dangerous.

Needless to say, I wasn't wearing my glasses so I really couldn't see anything anyways. But I gave myself such a huge burst of adrenaline that my heart was going crazy. It wasn't until 5:30 am that I was finally able to fall asleep!

"Bob" went on to successfully inject and save the kiwi.

I sometimes tend to over-react...


joanne said...

noelle allias dawn
us nurses (nicole and I) have been there sacrificing fruit too. Oranges are better!!! Glad the kiwi pulled through!! love you Joanne & NIcole

Barbara said...

I can realate with you all;
my hubby uses a similar pen for injections, but not in case of allergy, but for a diabetes.

That hilarious practicing on fruit but, it is hands on !!
My hubby had a nurse who came for the first weeks and then he took over completely.

Notes from Noël said...

Hi Joanne and Nicole!!!
I'm so glad that you stopped by my blog! Thanks for the advice! I have to get some oranges. I had organic apples but I didn't feel like sacrificing them.

Hi Barbara!
Good for Didier! I'm not sure if I could do it...

Hey Leese!
Anapen is actually made by Allerbio, but my new nasal spray is made by Sanofi!!

Leesa said...

Thanks Noelle...

Alex also asked me if you guys ate the kiwi afterwards ; )
I should have him write to you in French!

Anonymous said...

Hey Noelle,
I there any resturant where you can get just a burger or a turkey club?