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A Letter from Mama T. in NH


Baby G., BLL 11.2 at 18 Months

April 2014

Dear Tamara,

I am so impressed with your film, MisLead, which my husband and I had the privilege of viewing while it was temporarily online.  In fact, I watched it four times.  Thank you for what you are doing!

My own little boy, G., came into this world with significant struggles.  Born six weeks premature, he also suffered from a rare birth defect, choanal atresia.  Eight months of medical appointments and three surgeries later, he was on the road to becoming a normal child.

But at eighteen months his health was again compromised, and while in the hospital, his blood lead level was checked.  It came back an 11.2 mcg/dL, which we were told was “elevated, but not near a level that could cause any brain damage.” I spoke with the doctor and the Public Health Nurse Coordinator from the NH Department of Health and Human Services.  Nobody could give me solid information or tell me how I could lower his lead level.  I was frustrated and scared.

I began combing our 1960’s house for lead sources, throwing out beloved antiques and covering over any surfaces that could be contaminated. Upon the recommendation of a holistic-minded pediatrician, I finally put G. on supplements of cilantro extract with chlorella and modified fruit citrus pectin in attempt to rid his taxed little body of the poison.  We’ve had his blood lead level checked every three months for the past year.  It has come down, but very slowly.  His most recent results showed a 5.9 mcg/dL, which we were told was “good.”

But I’m not satisfied!  I want him lead-free!  Your film was so educational for me, and I am again assessing his surroundings and trying to make his environment an even safer place.

At two and a half, I am thankful to report that G. seems to be healthy now, though there are still some questions nobody can answer.  What is the cause of the frequent body rashes that come and go?  And why have the lymph glands in his neck been swollen for over a year with no medical explanation?  The future unknown scares me.  With every challenge he faces, I’ll always wonder . . . is it the lead?

I am excited to see you are coming to Nashua, NH next month.  While my husband and I have both seen your film, we plan to attend and look forward to the opportunity to speak with you personally.  It’s too late for my son, but I am trying to warn others of the silent danger and am eager to become involved in your mission.

With sincere thanks,

Mama T. in NH

One Response to A Letter from Mama T. in NH

  1. RN April 29, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    It might not hurt to check hospital equipment. We had a bedbound patient with an elevated level and investigation revealed a piece of respiratory equipment had lead in it. Many manufacturers don’t realize their equipment can have lead or a lead alloy.

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