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Posted: 3/29/2006 5:45:36 PM EDT
I hear my son pull into my drive this morning hard and fast. I got to the door, as my son was pounding on it. When I open it my son is very red faced, breathing rapidly and can't speak. He manages partial words but no full understandable speech. I understand the point that he is having trouble breathing and he points to his throat and opens his mouth, Itake a quick look with a pen light and OH SHIT HIS AIRWAY IS OBSTRUCTING. My training tells me that this is a serious situation and I must act fast.
I grab one of my gear bags pull it open and start to work, first item out is a EPI PEN, slam into left thigh, out come s the O2 and a Non rebreather mask, ok now I call for a medic unit, I give them the down and dirty details and get them rolling.
I get back to work, I start preping for the worst, I get my intibation kit out, and a Cric kit out just in case. IV supplies are next out and start setting up for a start.
The local EMS squad arrived ( thank goodness) and I let them take over. I give them what little information I had and they start the IV and we move him to the streacher and out the door. I take a seat in the front and let them do their job. I must say this crew was one of the best I have seen, I am a old Medic who doesn't run the streets anymore but supply for large constuction sites.
Back to the Son, during the trip to the ER the EPI is starting to work, I can hear my Son able to give full word answers. Upon arrival we were met by the full compliment of ER staff. The Med control call that the Medic had placed was taken by one of my old Ambulance partners and he recognized my Medic number (had to give it to control for giving the EPI).
Many tests and meds later my son is fine Anaphylaxisis of unknown origin.
From my son he woke from sleep with extreme difficulty breathing, he tried to call but could not speak, he paniced and jumped in the truck and drove the one mile to my house ( a very dumb thing) instead of dialing 911 and setting the phone down. I am just glad that I was home and not out on another road trip, and that I know what to do in a Emergency.
To the Crew of Warrick County Medic 3, Mike, I forgot your last name and your partner who's name I missed YOU GUYS ROCK.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:49:09 PM EDT
WOW !!! Glad hes ok... Now hopefully you guys find out what caused it. Pretty rare to have a reaction like that and not be able to find out what he was doing or around that could have caused it.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:50:08 PM EDT
Dayum...glad to hear hes ok
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:50:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2006 5:53:07 PM EDT by Special-K]
Damn. Glad everythings ok. Not a comfortable situation, but it is a real comfort knowing you have to skills to deal with these kinds of emergencies.

Hope everything works out for the best. Does he carry an epi-pen himself, or was something you had?

ETA: Read again, looks like the pen was yours. Any chance he will be getting his own?

Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:51:46 PM EDT
Good thing you had the epi pen or your boy would be dead or have brain damage.

You really ought to be able to get em without a prescription.

Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:52:56 PM EDT
I'm glad your son is ok. He's not a bodybuilder is he? I've known two people who went into anaphylactic shock (to different degrees) as a reaction to a steroid injection. It's a very rare reaction, but in general, healthy young men don't just "go into shock".
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 8:52:17 PM EDT
The Epi Pen was from my kit I carry all the time in the car to job sites. I can get more as I supply my job sites with meds and such. Before the Doc's released him I made sure he had a EpiPen in hand from the hospital.
Not a Bodybuilder so no seteroids.
I am still kind of jittery about the day, to work on a patient in the same situation would not have bothered me at all. But to have it happen to your own kid, and know you only have a few minutes to make the right decision to keep him alive is real scary.
We are going over everything in a attempt to find the cause with no luck yet.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 9:11:46 PM EDT
Good job, even for more experienced medics working on family(especialy ones own son) can be tough. Kudos for keeping your head on strait, you might have saved your sons life.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 9:32:51 PM EDT
That is scary stuff. I've been around a lot of medical people due to my ailments, and get to hear a lot of stories. As you know, ER's get you over the emergency and send you back to your GP or some specialist. I sure hope they do a detailed work up on him. I have a friend that cannot eat shellfish. Period. She said she ate them for years and one time. Bingo. All swollen up. Another had many operations and will get hives big time now from adhesive tape. Sure glad they gave him the pen, and glad everything worked out.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 9:38:17 PM EDT
He may have had a reaction to an insect bite or sting, if you're sleeping you may not even notice it. Any insect allergies run in the family?
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 9:44:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Swervin:
He may have had a reaction to an insect bite or sting, if you're sleeping you may not even notice it. Any insect allergies run in the family?

Yes me and honey Bee's are not a good mix.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 9:53:58 PM EDT
Ask him to check for sting/bitemarks if he's well enough, you definitly don't want him going back to his place if there's a bee's nest there. When my wife lived with her parents there was an attic off of her room and she would get stung by wasps in the night, luckily she wasn't allergic.
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