Sunday, January 8, 2017

Yes - reminded once again that they are 19 year old boys....

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  They are out of date – but they are not available in Mexico so we have held on to them.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.

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