There are a growing number of visual images and sensory memories I carry around with me in my head -- I think of them as "clinical trial snapshots." And yet, they are so much more than "snapshots." They are moments in time that are indelibly etched in my mind, in my heart. While there are a growing number of such moments, there are two that truly stand apart from the others -- and they both involve the administration of an Epi-Pen.
While I wrote about it at the time that it happened, I did not write about it in detail. I simply wrote, "Susan bravely assisted the doctor in administering an Epi-Pen...and within minutes, she was much better...but exhausted. We made her stay awake, talking to us, until we were certain the Epi-Pen had truly stopped the reaction."