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Old 10-12-2012, 08:04 PM   #1
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Anyone get allergy shots on the road?

We are recently fulltimers and are preparing to hit the road soon once we finish up final doctor/dentist appointments that will hopefully hold us over for most of the next year.

One challenge we can't avoid is that I get allergy injections once a month. My allergist is offering to enable me to take a supply of my serums on the road with us, but to use them I'll need to find a place once a month (wherever we happen to be at the time) that is willing to give me the injections.

Anyone else out there who has a similar situation? Could use any tips you have about how to find providers who can do this cost effectively. We'll have health insurance (high deductible type), but will likely be out of network as we may be far from our home base area.

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Old 10-12-2012, 08:37 PM   #2
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If the doc is willing to give you the serum, why can't you give them to yourself. Actually, quite easy and you can use your leg or belly. Diabetics do it all the time and it would take about 10 minutes to train you in it. Good luck, I hope you find a solution.

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:14 PM   #3
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Giving yourself the injections is easy once you learn how. One should have another person present in case of a negative reaction. .
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:49 AM   #4
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I agree on givi g them yourself. Just ensure to inject the correct dosage and dispose of the sharps correctly.
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We traveled west last year & this was an issue for that us also. I called several places including pharmacies and those Primed type doctors offices. No one would do it for various stated reasons even with DH's doctor giving him a written script to take with him. So I ended up giving him his shot myself. First time I was a nervous wreck but it went well. Now no worries. Easy to do.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:14 AM   #6
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doc says we can't give me shots at home(on the road)

My doctor (or his lawyers) don't allow home injections.

If I go into the allergist's office in the hospital to get my shots an no doctor is available in the allergy clinic, I cannot get my shots even though the emergency room is 100 feet away.

Yes, someone recently died because they didn't wait the 20 minutes at the allergy clinic and couldn't get back in time when they had a bad reaction!

To be fair, the 3 shots I get are quite potent. Very dark/thick serum, not like the thinned out serums of many years ago when I did get shots at home.
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:46 AM   #7
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Under the instruction from my wifes Doctor and some training (simple) we carried serum which I enjected. We also had an Epipin injector just in case she had a reaction. So this sort of thing can be done unless within the past few years the rules have changed.

In our case we accidently "cooked" my wifes serum and while we were trying to obtain more she got much better---turned out the serum was making her sick. Hasn't had any since.

She was continually treated for allergies and asthma using predisone until finally she became very ill only to find out her problem (thanks to a very astute Doctor and medical team) all along was a left atrial myxoma.

Open heart surgery cured her only after she had been injected with so much prednisone by allergist/specialist it induced diabetes.
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Most allergists will not allow people to sef-inject allergy serum due to the danger of a reaction needing immediate medical attention (my BIL gives himself his own shots; I think he's nuts). I've had two reactions in the past; not fun!

Look into sub-lingual allergy drops (you put them under the tongue). They aren't for everyone but they can be self-adminstered. Otherwise, urgent care facilities may be willing to administer the shots if you can convince your doctor to allow you to carry your own serum.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:06 PM   #9
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Should you have a bad reaction your immediate witness can handle the epi pen but--only if that hero isn't so shaken up over your bad reaction and passed out condition. Hero has to stop shaking so much as to be able to hit target on you the victim. This isn't a picnic time away from help.
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Originally Posted by Wayne MD View Post
...This isn't a picnic time away from help.
That's putting it mildly!

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