Jonathan had a routine blood test at his 9 month appointment, and they say he has a high lead content in his blood. They are re-running the test today, to make sure that they didn't mess it up the first time.
The city will test your water, so we did that this morning. I think it takes a week or two to get the results back.We talked to Brenda Krayzel last night at church, whose youngest child recently tested high as well. His numbers were high enough to warrant a health inspector to come and put sensors and stuff all over their house. They found lead in various places: in some paint, in the mantel or connecting pieces of their fireplace, and all over the floors. Apparently, lead is sticky, so if you walk on leaded paint, you will track it everywhere else.
We do have some paint on our cellar floor. Pretty much everything else is carpet and wood paneling on the walls. The Krayzels' child and Jonathan both like to put everything in their mouth, so perhaps that is the main problem.
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Went in today for the retest. They are pretty sure it was a collection problem. They aren't even sure why they sent the first specimen into the lab at all. We'll probably hear Tuesday about the new results.

Posted by Joyful on September 9, 2004, 1:41 pm

I wonder what it takes to get your floors tested (other than a bad blood test). If the paint on your basement floor is leaded, does that mean that for years people have been tracking lead into the carpets?

We're praying that they're right about it being a collection problem, of course.

Posted by SursumCorda on September 9, 2004, 1:58 pm

Dr.Anderson called and said the retest has Jonathan's lead level at 10.1. So tomorrow we will be going in for another more extensive test (they have to find a vein in his arm instead of just a finger prick.)

Posted by Joyful on September 13, 2004, 1:12 pm

Got the venous lead test today. Jonathan did great, though he did resist being held in one place. He only cried after she took the needle out... They wouldn't do the test for me; said it was unnecessary, and they couldn't do it without a doctor's order anyway.

Posted by Joyful on September 17, 2004, 12:39 pm

Grrr. I suppose if it has waited this long, it can wait till the water test results come back.

Posted by SursumCorda on September 17, 2004, 1:25 pm
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