Supporting Peyton McCaughey
$77,378 of $100k goal
It takes both parents and grandparents to be with him Peyton 24 hours a day, and the absence of income will soon become a big problem. The funds raised will be used for family expenses such as travel, hotels, food, lost time at work, and other needs.
We have witnessed the incredible generosity of our community in response to crises like this. We never expected to be on this side of it. Yet, here we are, asking for you to replicate that generosity again, by contributing whatever amount you can to help ensure that Peyton has the resources necessary for the best chance of recovery. He may never be able to play on a field or court again, but our hope is to get him back on his own feet and to school, no matter how long it takes.
Gifts of any size are appreciated. If you unable to give, please continue to keep Peyton and family in your thoughts and prayers.
Our family requests that you please respect Carl’s and Lori’s privacy at this time. They currently spend every waking moment caring for Peyton and are emotionally exhausted. Direct contact via text, email, and especially phone calls takes energy from them that they need for Peyton. All questions, concerns, thoughts, prayers, and other communications should be directed to a family member. We will pass all the well wishes to Carl and Lori while they focus on Peyton’s care.
Thanks to all our friends for the support you have shown. Please share our request for help with anyone you wish.
For those that don’t know the details, below is a summary of what has happened.
Carl, Lori, and family were cleared to return to their home after it was tented and treated for termites. However, within a few hours of returning home, they became ill. Everyone recovered except their son, 9 year old Peyton. He began to lose his ability to stand on his own and speak. Suspecting that he was poisoned by the termite treatment chemicals, Peyton was rushed to St. Mary’s where he spent the next 10 days in ICU. Peyton has recently been transferred to a children’s hospital further from home where specialists can give him better care. He has finally come out of ICU, but remains hospitalized.
The part of Peyton’s brain that controls motor skills has been negatively affected. At first, we were hopeful it was only swelling. A recent MRI suggests there is brain damage. He is unable to control his limbs. He has uncontrollable twitching and flopping. He is unable to feed himself, but his appetite is improving. His speech is severely compromised. Even though he knows what he wants to say, he cannot control his muscles to speak the words. At times, he becomes very frustrated.
There is hope, however. He seems to have retained his personality and cognitive skills. Being young, he may be able to reroute the messages through other parts of his brain to regain some of his motor skills. But, he has to relearn them through a lengthy process consisting of daily physical and occupational therapy. It has become apparent that it will be much longer than weeks; but, hopefully it will be months, not years, of recovery time. We don’t know if recovery means 10% better, 90% better, or somewhere in between. It is unknown how long he will be in therapy. What we do know is that he is unlikely to return home for a long time.
Thanks to everyone for the support and concern that we have received.
Over the past several weeks, Peyton has continued his daily regimen of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Though he still has a very long way to go, he has made very good progress over the past few weeks. His speech continues to improve such that he can communicate with family members fairly well. The words still often get stuck, but his ability to speak continues to slowly, but steadily, increase. Occasionally, he cracks a good natured joke aimed at his sister or cousins! His left arm has come along nicely, regaining enough control to hold things or give high fives. His right arm lags behind, still, with minimal control. He has relearned enough neck and core control that he can now sit on his own. Even better, he has begun walking! He requires supervision and/or assistance due to the unnatural involuntary movements. It is not a graceful gait, but it is beautiful to us.
These improvements continue to provide hope that his recovery will continue to progress. Be it close to home or somewhere far away, all options are being considered for the next phases of his recovery. We intend to advise you of significant future milestones or events.
Once again, we cannot thank you enough for the support and concern that you have shown to Peyton and our family.
Peyton continues his daily regimen of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. He progresses a little each day. Though there are pauses when he wants to speak, he is beginning to verbally communicate with words and short sentences. Though is not yet able to stabilize his own body to sit or stand on his own, his neck control is better, which allows him to work on assisted sitting and standing. Envision a trying to stand a football on its point on a table. It may be able to stand on its own for a few seconds, but will quickly tumble if not caught by a spotter. As a result, challenges continue to evolve. He now needs even more 24/7 attention, as he is a fall risk.
He is progressing slowly and steadily, providing us optimism with guarded expectations. He could continue to improve in the coming days, weeks, months, or even years. On the other hand, today could be the extent of his recovery. Nobody, not even his doctors, is able to accurately predict how much recovery he may obtain. We continue to hope for and believe that he will make an extraordinary recovery.
Thank you for keeping him and our family in your thoughts and prayers. The support has been overwhelming.
The local community fundraisers are underway, and there are too many to track! Every day, we learn of something new that the community is doing. For example, just last night we learned that one of the local middle schools is allowing students to break dress code and wear t-shirts to school for a $1 donation to Peyton. It really is an amazing feeling to know that so many people care.
To see some of the known events that are planned, please visit his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/PeytonRecovery.
With over 630 online and over 70 direct donors and so many local fundraisers that we can barely keep track, our local and extended community is giving Peyton a chance for the best recovery possible. You have provide comfort to mom and dad, allowing them to remain at his side in his greatest time of need. We are forever grateful for your compassion and generosity.
Per "Linda N" on yahoo: Please get your son to a functional medicine physician as soon as you can. He needs to be safely detoxed. While there is no specific pharmaceutical treatment or antidote, so hospitals don't know what else to do besides support the patient after removing them from the environment, a functional medicine physician is trained to nutritionally support the biochemical pathways that the body uses to detoxify the pesticide. Such a physician can be found at the Institute of Functional medicine and they have a website online.
Please ask the doctors to consider using selenium to help the body clear the fluoride, which is a neurotoxin. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20143719 "As evident in this study the antioxidative nature of selenium coupled with its reversal effect on metabolic enzymes in brain of mice treated with fluoride suggests its use as antidote agent against fluorosis."
I think it would be extremely helpful to give him plenty of green tea to drink daily. It may help him heal faster. It is the strongest antioxidant known to man and could help clear out any poisons that may still be lingering in his tissues. My positive wishes and thoughts for his speedy recovery.
I have dealt with the same thing little man and there is a place in Idaho that i promise you will help you get well. They saved my life from the chemicals. If your parents would like there information i would be happy to give it and help in anyway. There are a ton of places that help but this one is amazing and i know 110% that you will get better with there help.
I'm sharing his story with hundreds of thousands of followers and readers right now. I will donate as well. Dr. Mercola and I live here in Florida and our heart goes out to sweet Peyton and the family. Erin Elizabeth, investigative journalist XO (I made a video too for him in which i cannot help but cry) Health Nut News
Udo Erasmus suffered from pesticide poisoning and recovered after developing an oil to assist in the detoxification process . You can google him and find out more. He wrote a book "Fats That Cure Fats That Heal" and there are discussions out there where he talks about why fish oils are not enough to handle the detoxification. My prayers are with you, I believe you can recover - God's speed to you all.
I don't have the means to make a money donation, but I pray Peyton makes a full recovery in time.May God be with him and your family in your time of heartbreak and uncertainty.May God bless him back to a full healthy recovery. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers for as long as you are in need.
Fish oil given through an IV and a detox of the chemicals are vital towards your son's recovery. Please look into this. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
With God all things are possible! Our family continues to pray for recovery!
Our hearts go out to you!❤️ We pray for Peyton's recovery.
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Hi, I'm sorry for what your family is going through. There is a place in Newport Beach, Ca called The Brain Treatment Center. They may have an answer to your son's issues.
Happy Birthday Peyton! XXOO Ms. Lynne
I have a nine year old and we were thinking of having fumigation done in our home, after reading this forget it, the company should have told you what pesticides were used, period! Bless your adorable child, Peyton, hugs to your family. I would say a lawsuit is in order. Happy Birthday Peyton .... XoXo
Happy Birthday, Peyton..hugs and prayers.
Sweetie, I am cash tapped but I have a product that I represent and that product is an anti-inflammatory, non GMO seed based nutrition food that was developed by pediatric Oncologists for their patients. Pls feel free to contact me regarding helping him heal. Best and prayers.
i bet it was Vikane gas.....plz look into it if you already haven't .....