Well, Ben kept his food down for the rest of the day, though it seems he has developed a cough. Something to keep an eye on, as usual.
He will be seeing his allergist on Thursday, and I'm excited to get some additional direction on all of the food allergies.
Today, he saw his speech therapist for the first session. She commented on how great Ben is doing. She was happy to see that he closes his lips around a spoon when he eats. In relation to some of her other patients, she remarked that Ben is really strong and has a lot going for him. I cheered with him that someone actually called him "strong". She gave us a few new things to work on now... in between the thousand things we were already working on. Overall, though, I think the speech therapy will be fun. The real goal of therapy at this point is to strengthen his throat, tongue, and mouth so that he can stop aspirating and begin to eat more food.
Speaking of food... following Ben's diet is PAINFUL for me so far. I'm trying, but really I'm only averaging two out of three meals a day that have been free of all of the "forbidden four" (wheat,eggs,soy,peanuts). I need some free time to really cook some meals ahead. Considering I've eaten peanut butter on wheat toast for breakfast most days for the past few years, it's a big change to do all at once. The brown rice crackers are not too bad... but really not too good, either!