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QUESTION: Are your lead poisoning symptoms abating as treatment continues?  29/12/10  Victoria, Australia

My name is Melinda. I am 38 yo widow with 3 young children (7,6,2)

approx 4 weeks ago I became very ill after a 4 week period of intense paint stripping and sanding in my house built circa 1860. On the 23rd of December, I was hospitalised with a blood lead reading of 29.8

I was placed on a drip and started chelation with succimer. We are still waiting on the lead results on the children.

It is the 29th December and I am feeling much better today for the first time since becoming ill.

I suppose my question is, what kind of impact does acute lead poisoning have in the long term? Am I effectively dying with a management of symptoms?

Can the succimer reduce my blood count to zero?

Kind regards, mel.

ANSWER: Jan 14 2011

Dear Mel,

further to my phone call with you in early January, I was wondering how things are going for you?

Has your daughter's blood lead level of 10.5 micrograms per decilitre been re-checked? Is your blood lead level dropping? Are you undergoing further treatment in hospital or at home? Did the Health Department organise professional cleaners and did they do a good job? In other words, has the Health Department done a home lead assessment following the clean-up so they can determine whether it is safe to move the children back in?

I look forward to hearing from you and hope you are improving daily.

Kind regards

Elizabeth O'Brien

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