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 Post subject: Cell phones
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:45 pm 
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Do all parents of anaphylactic children carry cell phones? I've never had a cell phone but I am just starting to put my 3 year old into programs where I leave him. I don't really want a cell phone but do others see this as necessary?

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 Post subject: Re: Cell phones
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:18 pm 
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Location: Alberta
I know how you feel - I HATE cell phones! That being said, due to my son's anaphylaxis I did get one. The only people that I give the number to are my husband and the school, or whoever he's with. I also forward my home phone to my cell whenever I'm out .... but only answer it if it's the school. Costs stay very low that way, but I always feel like I'm just a phone call away. Many of us have had experiences, especially in the early grades, where the teachers call the MOM before any action happens regarding a possible allergic reaction (ie before Epi). Luckily for me, they've all been false alarms.


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 Post subject: Re: Cell phones
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:03 pm 
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I got my cell phone when my peanut allergic daughter started preschool. I found that knowing I could be contacted gave me some freedom. That being said, I always had to remember to have it charged and on loud so I could hear it.

When my girls became adolescents I purchased cellphones and Pay As U Go plans. They have been really helpful whether we had allergies or not.
When picking the kids up I can contact them to let them know where I am or find out where they are.

Great help when used for emergency contact and practical communication.


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 Post subject: Re: Cell phones
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:28 pm 
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Ginger, to each her own, but I think the peace of mind of knowing you can get to 911 instantly is worth it.
Just dealing with my own ana. allergies, I find it comforting to have mine on me. With a child, I'd feel the need even more so.

FYI, I haven't become someone who talks walking down the street or a texting fiend - not yet. :wink:
There are "lite" plans so the cost is kept down.

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 Post subject: Re: Cell phones
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:02 pm 
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My husband and I both have one now. We want to be reached immediately if there is a problem. We have a pay as you go plan with Rogers. It only costs us $12 each month after the purchase of the phone. We only use the phone for emergencies or to pass along short messages when we are out.

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 Post subject: Re: Cell phones
PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:05 am 
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When I had to call 911 the cell also came in handy because I had called my husband and while his coworkers looked for him I administered the epipen and then called 911 on the cell phone although if I had thought about it, calling 911 is smarter on the house phone for them to locate quickly.

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