Norajadesmama, We are also a leave-your-shoes-in-the-mud-room family right now and I think that should help. We have two dogs who are staying in the kitchen for now. I would encourage you to do a veinous test since the finger prick is known for showing false positives. Just to ease your mind. It sounds like you are doing a great job. We also love our nice quiet hepa vac
Our update - I have taken a nice deep breath. Whew. We have changed the plan just a bit. What we are doing now is -
-Boxing everything up in preparation to either delead or move
-Wiping everything down with the phosphate cleaner
-Getting a NEW lead inspection (lots of $ but we think the first one was not accurate)
-Getting our son tested Monday(we bought the EMLA cream) I am really scared of what we will find out.
-We are still looking at houses to buy but it does not look promising at all. The houses without lead are out of our price range. The market here is swinging to the buyer's advantage though, so it might look better in the next year. DH thought we might sell our house now before the down-turn and then rent for a year until we could buy at a good price.
-I have looked for rentals but folks don't want to rent short term - the dogs are also an issue for most landlords. I will keep looking.
-Getting a bunch of estimates for deleading. I would rather move altogether but I know it may not be possible. I just don't trust the deleading contractors I have spoken with and I have heard so many negative stories about deleading results.
My baby has a terrible cold right now so she has been up for 2 nights straight. I am going to try to get as much done as possible over the next few days with her in the sling nursing. My mother is coming to help.
Hope others are hanging in there