Friday, September 16

Stashbusting - My emergency kit

It was June 2007. Bug wasn't quite a year old that day. It was the first time she was spending the night at Aunt Joan's. My hubby and I had planned to go out on a date, and maybe even for a movie. But it is not what happened that evening. 

I had a bag of mulch that I wanted to spread in one of our flowerbeds and I convinced my hubby we should take care of it before heading to the restaurant. Unfortunately, a bee colony had taken residence in that flower bed. Both my hubby and I got stung a few times by and angry swarm. No big deal.. just a sting or two was not going to prevent us from going out, right?? 
Within a few minutes it was clear we were indeed still going out... but to the ER and ended up spending most of the evening there. As it turns out, I'm extremely allergic to bee stings. Since that June day, from the end of march to the first frost, I carry an Epipen with me everywhere... just in case.

Lately one of my co-workers and myself have been walking during our lunch break. And of course the Epipen has to come along. It's not exactly convenient to put in a pocket but carrying a purse for a power walk is not ideal. 

This is my solution: A see-through sleeve that I can carry around my neck
I used some vinyl , grey corduroy and made bias tape out of grey fabric, all from my stash

In the back I added a small pocket with velcro closure to put anti-histamine pills 

There is my emergency kit.

I hope I will never need it again but I feel more relaxed going out being prepared for the worst.


  1. That is such a great idea! Hopefully it wont be needed, but its great that you've made it see-through, if you were unable to use it yourself some helpful person could administer it for you.

  2. Such a brilliant, brilliant woman.

  3. What a great idea! I like that you made it so that the epipen can be seen so that someone helping you would know what it is.

  4. This is a great idea! I love how you've made a necessary item into something cute.

  5. What a great idea! I love that you have a velcro pouch on there too!

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  6. Wonderful idea. My almost 7 year old is allergic to peanuts. Her school is peanut free but I always worry about school trips. I might have to see about making one for those times.

  7. Great idea to use the see-through vinyl - love your pouch!

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  8. this thing is so clever!!!!
    both of them walking during the luch break and carrying your emergency kit!!!

  9. Great idea, esp when you are going to be outdoors for a prolonged time. My sister carried an epi-pen for bee stings but I don't think I've ever known exactly where to get my hands on it if needed.

  10. great solution to serious issue.

  11. What a great idea.

    I too am allergic to bee stings so have an epipen. It is always in a special pocket in my purse. would be great to be able to have it closer when outdoors.


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