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Aug. 28th, 2008 | 08:33 am
posted by: sprtwrid in badparents

Ok, I dont know how mny of you know the background on my current situation in my townhome. The basic story is that In may 07 our toilet broke and started overflowing on its own while we were sleeping, running for no more than 5 hours before i realized i heard water rushing. Enough water hit the floor that is leaked through the floor into my living room, then through that to my basement. Its been this long, and the complex has not fixed it (im currently in contact with a lawyer about this).
The bad parent portion of this is that I know that the prior tenents next door were evacuated out of their apartment for mold that was black. I was never alerted to whether it was black mold or not. The new tenants have been telling me they have mold showing up in their back bedroom (the same room that the prior tenant had disintegrate while vacuuming only to discover the mold was covering the entire inside wall)

Over the past year, I have been suspecting black mold being an issue in here. I can see any, but im sire if i open up the gaping hole in my ceiling, it will be rather nasty in there. I've only just now called my doctors office to ask if there is a test they can do to find out if we have been exposed to black mold or not. A post over in parenting101 reminde me today that i wanted to look up the symptoms again for being exposed, and i suddenly realized: the symptoms listed on that particular link have been more and more common over the past months.
Both of my kids have been getting more and more allergy problems. My son has been diagnosed with possible asthma (but no inhaler yet since antihistamines seem to be doing the trick of controling the weezing/coughing spells) Both kids keep breaking out with mystery rashes that pretty much look like bug bites, but have been called hives by the ER and their doc. Going back through my journal, and comparing it to the weather in my migraine log, I have found that they always break out when its most humid (when i get the really nasty migraines). Both kids have complained about headaches, fall down a lot (so i assume they are dizzy) and my son gets downright weird when its really bad.

So, I'm sitting here waiting for the doc to call back to tell me if there is a test they can run (will call the pede for the kids soon) feeling guilty because I never really looked into getting a mold check done because I trusted my complex to be able to tell me one way or another. We are all always sick, so there is something going on.

So, any good info on black mold and its symptoms? KNow any way to test yourself for exposure? Should i have someone watch the kids so i can rip out a square of my ceiling and see whats back there? I hate not knowing :(

EDIT: docs are concerned after hearing a bit more of the sitaution and know im talking to a lawyer. Going in tomorrow for my blood test and consultation.
for those who wanna read up on the entire situation: http://community.livejournal.com/law_questions/620216.html

its unlocked and has all of my original posts and whats going on now. My reason for this post is i feel bad knowing that if there is a mold problem it could be why my kids are as sick as they are now, and i waited so long to get this checked out.

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Eloren

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from: eloren
date: Aug. 28th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
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Anytime you have that much water damage, there's almost certain to be mold of some kind unless the water damaged portions were totally replaced, which in your case it sounds obvious that they were not.

Black mold isn't anything to mess around with, and based on the "responsiveness" of your landlord to sorely needed and long overdue repairs, I'd second the motion to be looking for a new place to live. It's a hassle, but your health is worth it. Since your landlord won't even fix damage to your place, expecting them to inform you about possible health hazards seems to be giving them a lot more credit than they are due.

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sprtwrid

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from: sprtwrid
date: Aug. 28th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
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they told me that there was no risk right after the original damage. I the full issues I am having with them about it in my journal.. from beginning to end (well, i havent written about the lawyer thing yet, as that just started monday, and i wont know if they are helping me until friday).

http://community.livejournal.com/law_questions/620216.html

warning... lots and lots of reading with multiple links and such. My doc office just called back to ask why i am asking for the test and are debating if they should offer the blood test or if i should be seen before ordering the test. I told them my main concern was to find out if there was a test, so i could consider it for myself, but definitely talk to the kids doc about getting them tested. They were a bit shocked I have waited so long too.

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