What’s In My Bag… Allergy Kid Edition

What’s In My Bag… Allergy Kid Edition

I started carrying a purse when I was younger than my friends.  My eight year old friends asked me what on earth I filled it with.  As a response, I pulled out my giant EpiPens and explained that as an allergy kid, I always have to have emergency epinephrine in case I have a reaction.  When I was a kid, the nice and compact Auvi-Qs had not been invented.  Instead, I had these giant needles stored in my bag that baffled all of my friends.  Then wristlets became popular.   But no, I could only ever wear bulky purses.  Then Auvi-Qs were released.  I was so excited because now, at last, I can carry around the cute wristlets (well, the slightly larger ones, at least).

This wristlet from Urban Outfitters fits my Auvi Qs perfectly!
This wristlet from Urban Outfitters fits my Auvi-Qs perfectly!

Over the years, I have found some wonderful EpiPen and Auvi-Q holders.  It is recommended that people carry two injectors at once, so holders make this much more convenient, especially for boys.  Click here for some great Auvi-Q holders, and click here for some great EpiPen holders.

Now I have a combination of EpiPens and Auvi Qs.  I keep some in my backpack, some in my choir bag, some at home, some in my purse, etc.  I always try to have backup epinephrine!  I have learned to not be embarrassed when someone asks about epinephrine injections.  It becomes a wonderful teachable moment, and I can spread the word about food allergies.

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