so heres the deal, my son 16 months tested at 18 for lead. it was a vein draw not a finger prick. The state called me harrassing me about if his levels get to 25 they shut my house down and we have to move and pay 25 -40 k to remove any lead found. I have removed all toys that could possibly have lead, do not let him play with anything metal anymore ( i had no idea lead was in common things like keys and tools) a health department nurse even called me. luckily since i own the house i have the legal right to refuse all "services" but i am REALLY stressing out right now.
I cannot afford to pay the money it would cost to delead the house. I know there is lead paint in the window sills and the front door. my children do not TOUCH the window sills, and they have never gnawed on them. i have new windows in place, am removing the few mini blinds i have and am getting a sealant for the several coats of paint that are over the lead paint. there is no chipping and i am hiring a house cleaner that is willing to do the three bucket rule and use my hepa vacuum. (electroluxe) I have put in place a no shoe policy and will be mulching any visible dirt around the house in a few weeks when the snow melts. i will be replacing the tub (porcelain, a couple chips here and there) and getting a water filter, I have him on a strict routine of floradix iron, liquid calcium magnesium zinc and vitamin c chews two times a day. He is no longer consuming any dairy products and has switched to coconut milk yogurt for probiotics. I will be making the pesto recipe in two days, apparently whole foods and trader joes were both fresh out of cilantro but i got all the other ingredients.
My stress is they want to retest him right away. this makes NO sense to me, because i JUST started all this. i just barely finished cleaning out all the toys. the house cleaners are coming next week and will come twice a month from then on out. i havent even put in my at home water test kit, ive barely had time to breath with all this happening. If the levels test at 25 which is what im scared of i could lose EVERYTHING. anything having to do with the state i am very terrified of. i was taken from my parents at a young age and adopted out through the state so i have this crazy irrational fear of them. Im under the impression it takes a few months for the iron/calcium/vit c regimen to work so why wont they let me GIVE IT SOME TIME? before re testing him and possibly turning our whole world upside down once more?
i spoke to a homeopath and she wants to give him a homeopathic treatment OF LEAD. im not so sure how comfortable i am with that considering im trying to lower his levels.
i just feel like everyone is against me and im trying my hardest to contain the possibility of lead.There is NO financial aid available for us.