This loan has been fully repaid!
First Posted On: November 3, 2008
Age: 5 years old
Loan Sought: $625
Loan Needed For: A battery of testing as suggested by Ethan's doctor. Some of the testing ordered will be covered by the family's health insurance, but they are requesting funds for the portion of the testing that will not be covered. The specific tests that are not covered are as follows: 1. Stool Kit for intestinal health. 2. Urine testing for heavy metal toxicity. 3. Blood testing for a Plasma Amino Acid test. In addition to the tests, the loan is requested to support the prescribed methyl B-12 injections. The cost for the injections is being estimated at $15 a month with an $18 shipping fee. The above amount reflects six months of B-12, shipping included.
Repayment Terms: 18 months (~ $34.72/month)
Other Notes: Ethan's mom writes: "Ethan is the oldest of three children, and he is a fabulous big brother. He received his official diagnosis of PDD-NOS from a psychologist on October 29, 2008, and saw his DAN! doctor for the first time the following day! She is wonderful, but we were all pretty overwhelmed with the amount of testing and the costs involved, but we will do whatever we can!!! The hardest thing is thinking that we will have to forgo treatments that could really help him because we don't have the means financially. Please support our family in this process and we promise NEVER to give up on Ethan - how could we?!?!"
When I told Ethan's mom that I was impressed she got to a DAN! doctor the day after getting a diagnosis, she wrote: "I actually started researching everything when Ethan started kindergarten. I just got these Mommy vibes that something wasn't lining up the right way, and I was actually the one who thought autism before anyone else. When his younger siblings seemed to be speaking and communicating more clearly than him and then we started having issues when he started school...I just knew. So I brought him to his primary right away and then when he said "I don't think you're wrong in your assumption...but I'm not a specialist," I was on the phone later that same day! It took a month to get in with a psychologist a little ways away and then I knew what the official answer was going to be, so I set up an appointment with the DAN! doctor for the day after... I want to get going on getting my son well!"
Here's to Ethan's mom for being a very proactive Mother Warrior! By the way, she learned about Lend4Health through her Rescue Angel -- she's doing everything right, huh?! :)
Dana C: $5
Dana C: $5 (again)
Petra (again): $10
Grandma Gini: $25
Dana C. (again): $10
Summit to Sea: $25
Stacey (again): $25
Jeanne: $25 [Cinco de Linco loan]
Tori: $5 [Cinco de Linco loan]
Petra: $10 [Cinco de Linco loan]
Karen (again): $10 [Cinco de Linco loan]
Karen (again): $20
Anonymous: $65 ["Merry Christmas!"]
UPDATES - UPDATES - UPDATES
December 15, 2008: Loan fully funded! Yay!
December 15, 2008: Promissory note sent to Ethan's mom for signature.
January 2, 2009: Signed promissory note received.
January 2, 2009: Loan ($625) sent to family via PayPal.
January 17, 2009: First repayment of $34.72 received on time.
January 17, 2009: Update from Ethan's mom, Deb: "I was so grateful to be able to order Ethan's B12 shots yesterday. He's been bouncing off the walls because I hadn't been able to get them again until now, and I can't wait to get him "back on track!" And I'll be starting the testing soon too. I'm very excited! (Though, I'm sure collecting "output" samples will not be fun, at least then we will get the test results back and know what else we can do to help him out! :)"
February 6, 2009: Update from Deb: "Ethan started school this week and is doing very well. I couldn't be more excited."
February 6, 2009: Second repayment of $34.72 received nine days early.
March 15, 2009: Third repayment of $34.72 received on-time.
March 15, 2009: Note from Deb:I wanted to let you (and the lenders know) that the fam has all been sick over here with the flu for the last month or so, but Ethan has actually been the healthiest out of all of us!
We sent one test out (fecal) and got some somewhat alarming news back. Ethan is not digesting fats well (which I kinda already knew since he has had bowel issues in the past and his poop - sorry to be gross! - has been really pale yellow and strange looking). We will probably have to do more testing to figure out what is going on with that and if he has other digestive issues on top of the allergies and all the other fun stuff that comes along with being on the spectrum... : / I'm crossing my fingers that everything comes out ok with that... no pun intended... ewww...
Ethan also started school in the beginning of February. We had a VERY hard time with the school department and trying to get him into an appropriate classroom, but now he is finally in a room where the teachers are excellent and very kind and he is really enjoying his time there so I couldn't be more excited about that! He seems to be doing well and there is an IEP [Individualized Education Plan] meeting for him mid-April (before school vacation) to go over test results etc.... I feel like we are finally on the right track there too! :)
I love the option being put out there for funding for a DAN [Defeat Autism Now] conference or the like through Lend4Health and I would love to see more held out this way in MA! I'll be keeping an eye out because I know I still have so much to learn being a newbie in this world and all, but I'll get there!
Thank you to everyone for your support, generosity and kindness and I'm taking care of our Little Man!
April 13, 2009: Fourth repayment of $34.72 received; 2 days early.
May 15, 2009: Fifth repayment of $34.72 received, on-time.
June 9, 2009: Sixth repayment of $34.72 received, 6 days early.
July 8, 2009: Seventh repayment of $34.72 received, 7 days early.
August 14, 2009: Eighth repayment of $34.72 received, 1 day early.
September 14, 2009: Ninth repayment of $34.72 received, 1 day early.
October 15, 2009: 10th repayment of $34.72 received, on-time.
November 15, 2009: 11th repayment of $34.72 received, on-time.
December 16, 2009: 12th repayment of $34.72 received, on-time.
January 13, 2010: 13th repayment of $35.00 received, 2 days early. (Note: This is an overpayment of $0.28, so the final installment due will be reduced by $0.28.)
February 10, 2010: 14th repayment of $40.00 received, 5 days early. (Note: This is an overpayment of $5.28, so the final installment due will be reduced by $5.28.)
February 26, 2010: 15th repayment of $34.72 (due March 15) received, early.
February 26, 2010: 16th repayment of $34.72 (due April 15) received, early.
February 26, 2010: 17th repayment of $34.72 (due May 15) received, early.
February 26, 2010: 18th and final repayment of $29.20 (due June 15) received, early.
February 26, 2010: This loan has been repaid in full!
February 26, 2010: Note from Deb: "Thank you, and the lenders, *so* much for everything!!! I plan to stay involved with Lend4Health and tell everyone I can about how awesome the community spirit is (even though we don't all live nearby.) Can't thank everyone enough! Love, Deb (and Ethan, of course!)"
March 1, 2010: All lenders to Ethan have been repaid via PayPal.