Matthew’s Allerject Demonstration At His Grade School’s End Of The Year Staff Meeting

Tip # 1 from Anaphylaxis Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel at Why Risk It? Click here for the entire list.

“Don’t simply DO things for us when we are kids, TEACH US.  How to read a food label, speak up, ask questions in restaurants, and teach our friends to use an auto-injector . We need to know how to do these things and become vigilant ourselves.”

My youngest son, Matthew is allergic to peanut/tree nuts. He has just successfully completed his first year of high school. By the time he graduates…he needs to have completed 40 hours of volunteer work. Matthew chose to go back to his grade school to volunteer for 3 days at the end of his final exams.

On his first day, Matthew was kept busy taking down all the graduation decorations. He did, however, take the time to demonstrate for his Grade 8 teacher, Mr. G, his new auto-injector…the Allerject.

Mr. G was notably impressed and advised Matthew to demonstrate the Allerject to the school’s new principal, Mr. O.

Mr. O was also very impressed with Matthew’s demonstration of the Allerject…he wondered if Matthew and I could attend the end of the year staff meeting on the Friday morning to give a quick presentation.

Matthew accepted on our behalf…but was quite hesitant that he should actually do the demonstration.

I thought this was a great opportunity for Matthew to take advantage of the above Tip #1 from Anaphylaxis Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel. So I encouraged Matthew by explaining to him that I would give the background story…he would do the demonstration…and we would deal with any questions at the end.

Mr. O gave us a wonderful introduction…my background story ended with Matthew’s big intro…”What if the auto-injector talked?”

Matthew demonstrating the administration of the Allerject at his grade school's end of the year staff meeting

Matthew did a great job.

There were many questions from the staff. One of which stood out to me…”How do we know if a student has the Allerject or not?”

It was a great opportunity for me to reiterate the importance that all students with anaphylaxis should be known to all staff. 

All anaphylactic students’ pictures should be up in the staff room with all their anaphylactic allergies, type of auto-injectors, signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, as well as the protocol for an anaphylactic reaction.

All in all I thought it went well…”You did a great job mom…just maybe you went on a little too long but I think it was okay.”...thanks Matthew.

P.S.  Matthew has been volunteering at his grade school, church and selling tickets for his friends’ swim team…he has completed 39 of the 40 hours required for him to graduate high school…way to go Matthew…I think you will make it!

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6 thoughts on “Matthew’s Allerject Demonstration At His Grade School’s End Of The Year Staff Meeting

    • Yes…the staff literally gasped when the Allerject starting talking…and then they were all blown away with the ‘countdown’. I do think the whole event helped to bolster Matthew’s confidence with public speaking. 🙂

  1. Susan, I liked the part about the “gasp”…my husband nearly did-well maybe just an open-mouth astonishment–when he saw our new Allerjects–called AuViQ–here in the US. The talking trainer is amazing and we could not be happier with the smaller size. Our son has one year left in the current school, so I think we’ll plan on Epi-pens for school. However, for high school, I feel the AuViQ is perfect and I’m going to make sure they are familiar with it. It’s a school of ~1600 boys so I would think there will be some other young men who use it too. Our allergist was excited when we asked him about the new injector. No one had ever given us professional training with an epi-pen trainer device, so it was helpful to have him show us directly with the AuViQ trainer. He also had a coupon for me, so it never hurts to ask for that I guess! Thanks for your information that got us on the track to find these.

    • Your very welcome! 🙂 I almost sense a kind of relief when I demonstrate it to people…I think the fact that the Allerject/AuViQ walks you through the steps is very reassuring. 🙂

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