It's hard to believe that Michael has been gluten/casein/soy free for exactly two years now. (We didn't find out about the egg/peanut allergies until later) In some ways it seems like the blink of an eye, in others, it seems like forever. Is it a ton of work? definitely. Is it all worth it? More than definitely.
When I think back over the last two years, Michael has made so much progress, and come such a long way. He is a happy, engaging kid. He still has a lot to work on, but he's with us, we are starting to have conversations, he no longer has major GI issues, and life is generally good. I wouldn't go back to the spacey, GI issue filled days before the diet for anything.
I do have to say that it is so much easier to follow the allergy friendly diets with all the new resources that are available. We make almost everything from scratch, with the help of great recipes and a ton of patience from the head baker (Steve). I don't know what I would do without amazon, the common market, and whole foods. Plus, I have actually learned to cook. Before I could pass off a few recipes, but now I can look at a recipe, make the substitutions, and come up with something yummy much of the time.
So, it's been a long two years, but I am really looking forward to the next two, and all the years after.
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