Well, we have another new experience under our belt as a foster family. For all of you out there who are considering becoming foster parents, trust me when I say that there will never be a dull moment around your homestead! In this instance, Casey and I headed off to a local lab so that Cocoa Bean could get a test done, worthy of a CSI show.
We knew that his mother had done drugs right before she had given birth to him. The doctors in the hospital tested his blood and his urine when he was born, and it picked up marijuana. Almost everyone has heard of drug tests that are conducted that way. As his first week on this earth progressed though, he showed symptoms of withdrawal from a stronger drug. Problem is, without a confession from her, there is no way to tell if he was exposed to something else if it didn’t show up on those tests, right? Turns out, the answer to that question is a big fat no.
Cocoa Bean’s social worker called while I was at his pediatrician’s appointment and asked me to request a hair analysis that would test for drugs. When I made the inquiry, the answer I got was straight out of a crime caper. The doctor explained that while drugs only show up in the traditional tests for 30 days, your hair and skin will hold on to the evidence of narcotics for over a year! By cutting off 20 to 30 strands of his hair, wrapping it in tinfoil, and racing it off to a lab, these mad scientists can see every single drug that his fragile little body was exposed to. AND, this test has been around since the early 1900’s!
The results take a while to get back, so we don’t know anything yet. As exciting as the test seems, number one, I wish these types of tests were not even needed, and number two, I hope he wasn’t exposed to anything else. His body has finally stopped the shaking and shimmying, and for that I am so grateful. The only good thing that has come from this, is the awesome science experiment that I am going to make my teens write a report on for their homeschool!