This loan has been paid off!
First Posted On: November 2, 2008
Age: 7 3/4 years old
Loan Sought: $300
Loan Needed For: Visit to a holistic pediatrician
Repayment Terms: 12 months ($25/month)
Other Notes: Carson's mom, Dory, writes: "Carson is an amazing boy who has come a long way in his journey. He has made significant progress in general awareness, empathy, and social skills. He loves to read, build with Legos, play t-ball, dig, and learn. He enjoys homeschooling as he is able to study what interests him, which is mostly science! Someday he will make great contributions to this world that has been so difficult for him to travel through. We are determined to create a full recovery for him." Dory is in the same local support group as Penny -- Logan's mom -- and learned about Lend4Health through Penny. Dory notes that their DAN! doctor is Dan Rossignol, but they are using this loan to go see Dr. Berger in Tampa.
Lenders for Carson:
UPDATES - UPDATES - UPDATES
November 9, 2008: Carson's loan fully funded.
November 9, 2008: Promissory note sent to Carson's mom, Dory, for signature.
November 15, 2008: Signed promissory note received from Dory.
November 16, 2008: Dory wrote to inform me that Dr. Berger cannot see them until the middle of 2009. They would like to work on Carson's gut issues sooner than that, so they are looking around for another practitioner who can see them sooner. Lend4Health will be holding the loan for them until they have a "Plan B" in place, as agreed to by Dory.
December 30, 2008: Dory wrote to inform me that they have made an appointment with their regular DAN! practitioner, Dan Rossignol. The appointment is scheduled for January 22, 2009. The 1/2-hour appointment will cost less than the loan amount, so Dory plans to use the additional amount of the loan for any testing recommended by the doctor. The 12 monthly repayments will begin on February 15, 2009.
December 31, 2008: Loan of $300 sent to Carson's parents via PayPal.
January 28, 2009: Update received from Dory: "We had our DAN visit yesterday (we had to reschedule) and we are on a new treatment plan for Carson's gut. I am hopeful and excited to try this new strategy in bringing him relief. Although we didn't ask for it this time, Dr. Dan gave us a discount on our visit. We will use the remainder of the loan money for a test we need to have run. Thanks so much for helping us in Carson's recovery. We are so grateful for everyone's donations and will send updates on his transition to full healing! Peace, Dory (blessed mom to Carson)"
February 1, 2009: First repayment of $25 received (2 weeks early).
February 1, 2009: Second repayment of $25 received (1 1/2 months early).
February 7, 2009: Remaining amount paid off! "I'm thrilled to let you know that we received our tax refund sooner than we thought, so we went ahead and paid off our loan. Thanks so much for everything. I will be sure to spread the word about Lend4Health!"
Note: This loan has been fully repaid, about a year early! This family is considered to be "in good standing" with Lend4Health, which means they are eligible to request another Lend4Health loan in the future if they would like.
March 1, 2009: Dory sent this video to me. She said it is about Tommy, one of the kids she tutors. Tommy's dad created this video.
May 3, 2009: Update: "I wanted to let you know that Carson and I will be leaving for Tampa tonight. He will be starting HBOT treatments tomorrow. We were awarded a month's free treatment by a charity. Please keep him in prayer, as I know it will be difficult for him to begin this new challenge. We are hopeful that it will benefit him and feel grateful for the opportunity. We will be coming home on weekends so that he can spend some time with his dad and I can get my tutoring in. Thanks for everything you do!"
May 5, 2009: Update: "Well, the best laid plans...We ended up having to come home and couldn't do the HBOT treatment. Carson had some type of allergic reaction at the place where we were staying. We didn't have an option B, so here we are. I am going to work on raising money to rent one for our home. That way some of our friends' kids can use it too. I'll keep you posted!"
May 24, 2009: Update: "Just wanted to update you on a couple of things. First, we were awarded a $1,500 grant from the National Autism Association! I applied for $1,000 to help cover some of our DAN! [Defeat Autim Now] expenses and supplements, but they gave us the whole $1,500! So we will be able to go back to Dr. Berger several times before our next tax refund! I almost don't want to jinx us, but Carson seems to have had some type of major breakthrough. Not sure why (and don't really care), but he has been so different the last two weeks. I think it's just that the junk has gotten out of his way, and his true self is now able to shine through. It's happening, Tori! Our boy is coming back to us! We are so blessed! Thanks for all you do. We'll keep spreading the word about L4H!"
July 3, 2009: Update:Carson's visit to Dr. Berger in Tampa (our DAN [Defeat Autism Now doctor]) was enlightening. We reviewed his latest test results and he showed no sign of yeast in his gut (this took two years to diagnose and treat). He still shows high levels of bacteria though, so we have a treatment plan for that. I'm still hoping that somehow we can get the money to rent an HBot [hyperbaric oxygen treatment chamber] for a month, as that is one of the things that best helps this particular type of bacteria in the gut.
We tried to do a blood draw for some specific levels, but Carson was extremely anxious and we couldn't get it done. We'll have to figure something else out.
Overall, he has made great strides in the past few months. He is much more affectionate, helpful around the house and seems to want to engage with us more in general. He just seems happier. Something's happening, and it's all good! Biomed rocks!
Carson was awarded a grant from the National Autism Association, so we didn't need to use Lend4Health this time. We may request another loan in the future for the HBot though. Thanks to all the folks out there who are making Lend4Health a success!
(blessed mom to Carson)
September 4, 2009: Update from Dory: "Just wanted to let you know that Carson was awarded another grant for biomed. This time the grantor was ACT Today out of California. They gave us over $1,300 to help pay for Carson's DAN visits to Dr. Berger and necessary tests. We should be able to make so much progress this year thanks to the funding. Also, we received a full scholarship to the Autism conference in Weston, FL in November. It is the weekend before Carson's birthday, so we will make it part of his birthday celebration since we get to stay in a hotel. The bonus is that it's about an hour from his Mimi (Grandma) and 1/2 hour from where we used to live. Carson's been wanting to go back to the old house, so we'll be able to! We continue to feel so blessed. I love being able to share good news! I hope all of the Lend4Health families will pursue grants as well as working with Lend4Health to achieve their goals for healing their babies."
November 16, 2009: Updated photos from Dory:
December 3, 2009: Update from Dory: "I wanted to share with you that we went to see Dr. Berger yesterday. We discussed the OAT test we had done a few weeks ago and it showed NO yeast and NO bacteria in Carson's gut! This has taken almost three years to clear up! According to Dr. Berger, Carson's gut is "clean"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so grateful to all those involved. We are moving on to dealing with his allergies. Just thought you'd want to know! Peace, Dory"