As if I need more to worry about
January 27, 2008 9:18am CST
Yesterday afternoon my son's pediatrician's office called me and told me that his lead test came back. Supposively, my son's lead levels are high (they didn't tell m what the level was). I was so upset and nervous that I forgot to ask. I have to take him back this week-- either Monday or Tuesday and have his blood retested. I could tell from the sound of the nurse's voice, that it did'nt sound too good, but not too drastic either. He was tested over a month ago now, so I guess this test this week should either show a drop or a rise. I have been thinking for the last 24 hours that if he DOES have lead poisoning, he could he have gotten it? Our paint in the house is new, it's not chipping. When those toys were all recalled I went thru the entire list and made sure that he didn't have any of them. He doesn't have many hand-me-down toys so I'm pretty sure they are all safe. All of the ones that are hand-me-downs he got after Christmas, and his test was on 12/20, so I don't think that could be the source either. My ONLY thing that I can think of is our water. However, most of the piping in our house is PVC and not copper or metal. He doesn't drink too much water anyway-- mostly Pedia Sure. When he was on formula (we just changed him to Pediasure in September) I did use our water for making that-- but I would think that from September to December if that was the source, it would be out of his system by then, maybe? I have no idea! So after we get his blood results back this time, I'm going to have to go crazy trying to figure out what caused it. I'm just hoping that when the results do come back that all of this was a big false alarm. He really doesn't need any other problems. The poor boy already has suffered with the typical preemie complications, and he has a tracheostomy and g-tube. Thanks for letting me rant and if you know of any sources of lead that I could check, please let me know.
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28 Jan 08
Have you ever lived near a smelter plant, even you before you had your son? There is a city in the north of our state that has a lead smelter plant. Many years ago they tested hundreds of children in the city & found that a very high percentage had lead poisoning. "The main sources of poisoning are from ingestion of lead contaminated soil (this is less of a problem in countries that no longer have leaded gasoline)". "Lead-contaminated household dust is the major source of lead exposure to children in the U.S." "Lead has also been found in drinking water. It can come from plumbing and fixtures that are either made of lead or have trace amounts of lead in them."
• United States
4 Feb 08
I was thinking that it may have been our water. That was the only source that made sense. However.. I got the test results back again on Friday-- and his lead is FINE! YAY! Apparently, we had to be retested because the first test, his blood had clotted. The nurse told me inadvertently that we needed to be tested because his lead was high, and not that it was an invalid test. I was relieved, but MAD that they gave me wrong information and made me worry. Thank god everything is fine now though.
• United States
27 Jan 08
I don't have a clue where that lead could have come from. it sounds like your on top of it. I do hope the put this test result in fast. It would not shock me if the factory where you purchased something did it. So much of the mistakes in food recalls have been from the company. Last month I had to call kraft because the pudding left my throat burning. It was not fun to eat and feel that way. Good luck to your son. Let us know what happened.