Talking Allergies

Hi all, new to site, and have few questions for you.
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Author:  scallywag [ Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:50 pm ]
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:D Thanks guys for your positive comments, it has been much appreciated.


Author:  scallywag [ Sat Mar 17, 2007 10:38 am ]
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Hi guys, thought i would update you , my now 12 year old son is having issues with carrying his epi pen. Basically he has point blank refused to carry it. The school policy is for them to carry one in there school bag and have one in the school office and also the school has asked them to pick a buddy and explain to them what they are allergic to and how to administer the epi pen if for some reason my son couldnt do it.

My son just doesnt want anyone to know that he has the allergy, Has anyone on this site experienced this type of problem, i thought when the consultant said to my son that the last reaction could have been worse and he explained that he was lucky but next time he may not, i thought that would have made a difference to my son, but it hasnt.

I dont really know how to handle this, any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Hope all are well.

Author:  AnnaMarie [ Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:59 pm ]
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So the school wants him carrying it, but it doesn't necessarily have to be *out there for the world to see*. it can be inside the backpack.

Every idea I keep coming up with -- I'm leary to suggest because I can see them back-firing with a rebellious pre-teen. I guess I'm fortunate that my son started wearing his at four -- his is on a belt where everyone can see it.

Author:  KarenOASG [ Sun Mar 18, 2007 9:29 pm ]
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Wow -that's really not a fun situation for you. I would be very stressed (and I'm guessing you are!).

I too have no experience with pre-teens or teens. Is there a kind of forum at the FAAN Teen website that you could tap into to try to get suggestions from other teens?

I guess in the interim the only thing you can do is make sure the school has one EpiPen in the classroom and one in the office and that everyone on the staff knows that your son is at risk. Others might disagree with this next suggestion, but I would even go as far to make sure that the staff knows about his attitude and his refusal to carry his EpiPen... just so that they don't assume that he will have it on him.

I don't really know what else to suggest!


Author:  AnnaMarie [ Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:34 am ]
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Actually Karen, I completely agree with that suggestion -- letting staff know about his attitude. First because they need to know that. Secondly, they might have suggestions on how to help him accept this. After all, they deal with kids his age all the time. The school might have a councellor that he could talk to as well.

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