January 2, 2017
We have an Elder - Elder H. - that joined us last week. While at the MTC (Missionary Training Center), he had a reaction to nuts. We happen to have 4 epi-pens in the offices that were left over from another missionary who had returned home. They are out of date – but they are not available in Mexico so we have held on to them. When our new Elder H. was in the office, I was training him on the use of the pen in case he ate nuts and had a reaction. I told him to keep one with him, and if he had a reaction, he needed to give himself a shot – ASAP. I even told him he could give a shot through his pants if he was in an emergency situation. I was holding one of the containers with an epi-pen and told him how to open it and get it ready for a shot. Elder A. was watching me. On the following Monday (P-Day) Elder A. came in to pick up the mail. He saw an unopened epi-pen. I don’t know what he was thinking but he opened it thinking it was just for teaching/demonstration tool. He aimed at his thigh and rammed it in still thinking this was the “play” model. Well it wasn’t and he knew pretty quickly he was a fool. Blood soaked into his pants, he got a little faint, and the Nebekers laid him down for an hour. So much for that $400 epi-pen - it did provide a pretty good laugh.