Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Works-for-Me Wednesday: Medicine Bag
This is the best bag ever.
What makes it so perfect? It is a small backpack, probably about 1/3 of the size of a regular child's back pack. It is light and easy for my 5 year-old son to carry.
My son has a severe peanut allergy. He also has asthma. He needs to have his medicine handy at all times. The bag is small enough not to be burdensome and big enough to carry everything he might need. The bag contains an inhaler, two Epipens, Benedryl, and Allergy Visine.
I have had people ask me if David has an Epipen and if he has it with him. We always have it with us. If you see him carrying this bag, now you know what is in it.
Sometimes he doesn't carry it. Sometimes it is with me or my husband. His little brother insists on being the one to give it to and pick it up from David's preschool teacher. No matter what the situation, we make sure the medicine goes with David where ever he is.
May 10-16 is Food Allergy Awareness Week. In a life-threatening allergic reaction, every second counts. If you know my son, I'd be happy to show you his medicine and explain what should happen in the case of an emergency. If you know someone else that has a severe allergy, take the time to ask questions and understand what should happen if an allergic reaction occurs.
If would like to know more about food allergies, stop by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.