Ready for the Responsibility
By Ryan, age 13, allergic to peanuts
Most of the time when I’m out on my own, I carry my epinephrine auto-injectors and inhaler in a black neoprene calculator case that clips to my belt loops. When attending sporting events, I carry two auto-injectors in the pocket of my cargo shorts. I find cargo pants and shorts to be very helpful when carrying epinephrine. This year, I was able to find athletic gym shorts that have side pockets big enough to hold an epinephrine auto-injector.
Another option is to carry epinephrine auto-injectors in a drawstring nylon backpack. When I take vacations, I am usually with my parents, so my mom still carries my epinephrine in her purse. At school dances, I ask a teacher to hold my epinephrine auto-injector for me.
In previous years at school, my parents gave my epinephrine to several teachers, the school nurse, and the cafeteria staff. This year, now that I’m in eighth grade and ready for more responsibility, I will carry my own epinephrine auto-injector. My mom has sewn a pocket onto my school uniform pants to make it easy for me to do so.