Wednesday, November 16, 2005

like a LEAD brick

my silent prince has lead poisoning.

for quite some time now we've asked his doctors if he should be tested for lead and none have ever really agreed to it... giving us other rationale for why he is the way he is.

back during the summer hubby once again asked our new doctor if we could have him tested for lead and the doctor recommended a geneticist. we scheduled an appointment... the soonest it could be done was next tuesday. about 4 months later.

but the prince has been having tummy trouble at school; the explosive kind and the school nurse asked if we had ever had him tested for lead. hubby gave her the doctor's name and she agreed to call and request the test. and so i took my brave little prince to get blood drawn on monday.

they called today and he's been admitted to the hospital. the treatments are easy: medicine taken orally. but he will have to stay there until he can be released to a lead free environment. this means that the board of health will be at our place tomorrow to interview hubby and me and then set up an appointment to test the house for lead.

there is a very good chance that we have it. there is also a chance that he was exposed to lead when we lived in jersey. and a chance that both are true. if the lead got into his system back in jersey then there is a good chance that this is what has been causing his developmental delays. this means that the treatments will only help him and there is no way to describe my joy in that.
of course if the house has lead we will have to put all our belongings in storage while the house is renovated. it might even be in our pipes. and that will suck. thanksgiving was going to be here; my first ever holiday hosted in my home. our lives will be in chaos again this christmas (since we were moving here last christmas and didn't even put up a tree at the old house.)

but, i now know the worst case scenario and i'm ok with it. and the best case scenario... well the silent prince might need to be renamed because he won't stop talking. and i can handle that, oh can i handle that.

so, i ask for your prayers that God (or whichever deity you call upon) will bless us with the best case scenario and take us through this time and bring us to an even better place.

17 comments:

Qivan said...

I have a feeling you'll be renaming him.

RickinVa said...

Prayin' christine...

Bad Alice said...

I'm so glad that finally you got the test you needed! That is something to sing about. I'm saying a prayer now for God to continue to intervene on your behalf.

Quotidian Grace said...

I'll be praying that the treatments work quickly and effectively and that any remediation necessary at the house is limited in its scope.

Jaded&Opinionated said...

Many, many prayers of healing and peace are sent your way.

I am in tears reading this... I know what that would mean. I just know.

Songbird said...

Oh, this is scary. How old is the little fellow? I remember worrying about this when the boys were small and we were living in an older apartment. We took them to the city health clinic for a blood test. I'm glad someone got through to the doctor, but sorry you had to wait so long. You are all in my prayers.

Sue said...

Praying for all of you cats...for health, healing and strength.

Emily said...

What they have all said--thoughts and prayers coming your way.

TN Rambler said...

Prayers going up from here.

Wayne

will smama said...

Hang in there cats, silent prince and family.

We are praying for you.

reverendmother said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. I'm praying too.

Poor little prince.

Jane Ellen+ said...

Prayers ascending here, as well...

Katherine said...

praying, praying.

Girl said...

praying, too.

--girl

Mary Beth said...

Praying for you all. I can see the lead leaving his body even now.....get the lead out, lead!

Healing and peace,

Purechristianithink said...

I'm thankful you had an ally in your child's teacher! We had our son tested too as we live in an old house. Luckily the test came back negative. Too bad the doctor waited so long. :(

Kathryn said...

Prayers from here too...it sounds frightening in the short term, but with the prospect of really positive outcome to hold onto.

"and vivian followed."

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