Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Arsenic and Old Lace

Is it:

A) A play we put on (very badly) in high school;
B). Something you don't want to find in your well; or
C) All of the above

Unfortunately, if you guessed "C," you are a lucky winner. I, like a million other people in New England, have a private well, rather than access to public drinking water. The recommendation is that you test your well every year. Nobody I know does that.

But at some point post-2007 miscarriage, I decided that it might be a good idea. It took me a bit to set it up, but we got the results back. The arsenic was high, but I consulted someone about it, who purports to know about these things, and he told me not to worry about it. So, I didn't.

But now, many months later, I decided to forward the testing paperwork to a specialist to talk about putting a filter on, to deal with the arsenic and persistent hard water. The specialist called and left me a message this morning saying that he needed to talk to me. I didn't think much of it, and didn't call him back.

I became a little more concerned when he called me a second time today. He said that he has NEVER seen arsenic levels as high as mine. In fact, he said that he has never seen arsenic levels HALF as high as mine.

I am freaking out about what this means for the baby. I have bloodwork already scheduled for tomorrow, so I'm going to ask to have the arsenic tested. I am really freaking out.


MAK-now said...

Ok, I discovered your blog a bit ago & just popped in to let you know I had awarded you the Honest Scrap Award when I saw today's post. I'm sending you lots of hugs. I'm sure you're fine but I'm glad you took the initiative to have the tests done in the first place. GL!!

~Jess said...

I'm praying that you're all fine: How scary though *hugs*