Stephanie, if you don't mind, could you tell us what the source of the exposure turned out to be?
Glad you caught it and took action!
ITA that this test should not be skipped. DS's initial fingerprick level was 7, less than the mandatory venous retest level of 10. Since it should be 0 - there is no normal acceptable amount of lead in the blood - we made changes in our old house. Shoes outside, wet dusting of floors and window, I got on the CPSC email list for toy recalls
and when we retested 6 months later, it was 5 (fingerprick). I know
these results are within the error range of the (less accurate) fingerprick test, but the downward trend was somewhat reassuring.
I also have a packet of lead test swabs for toys and such, but honestly I don't know where to start and I am worried about getting a false sense of security if the items I test pass.