Gina Mennett Lee, a leading food allergy advocate and educator, has initiated a wonderful food allergy education campaign, with the assistance of Caroline Moassessi and Sharon Wong, two top food allergy activists and bloggers in their own right. Each month, they will take turns writing about an important food allergy topic, and I am supporting the campaign by helping spread the word as well. If you have a blog, I encourage you to take part in this important food allergy education and awareness campaign. For more information about the campaign, please contact Gina Mennett Lee at gmleeconsultingATgmail.com.
The themes for the month of March is "Get to Know Your Epi and Practice." Most individuals with life threatening food allergies have an epinephrine injector--I hope!--but many become complacent and don't review just how to use the injector. There is no better time than the present to review! As Sharon's blog post points out, each of the epinephrine injector manufacturer sites provides directions on how to use the injector, and each type of injector is slightly different so it is important to know how to use yours!
- EpiPen instructional video
- Auvi-Q instructional video
- Adrenaclick instructional video
- generic epinephrine injector instructional video
In addition to watching the instruction video to refresh your memory on how to use the injector you have, it is also a good idea to review your emergency action plan with your physician. My son and I do this each year when we visit the allergist for his annual allergy appointment. We also like to get a refresher demonstration from the nurse on how to use the Epipen while we are there. If you have old expired injectors, it can be helpful to practice using one; inject an orange so you know how it works!
I hope you will join this educational campaign and share this important information with friends and family too. To show your support, Gina, Caroline, and Sharon encourage you to practice using your injector, take a selfie, and share a photo on social media with the hashtag #FAEC15 (Food Allergy Educational Campaign 2015).