Ben was supposed to get his test results last week but his doctor had to leave town for a funeral and so we just got in to see her today. The good news: allergic to gluten but no celiac disease. And his peanut allergy is not life-threatening so we don't have to carry an epipen around.
But she had tested him for casein because of some irregularities when she tested milk and cheese. (We have known he was sensitive to these things.) Turns out he is very allergic to casein, which is in milk, cheese and other things. He hung his head and cried when she told us. She suspects a genetic cause which is harder to treat but we are going to try some biofeedback (ondamed) treatment over the next couple of months.
I had planned to take him to lunch afterward and my mind was overwhelmed at figuring out where and what he could eat. I told him I would buy him one last lunch with dairy (gluten-free mac'n'cheese). "No, Mom, I don't think that's a good idea," was his response. He then told me he would grow faster, be stronger, and feel better if he gave up dairy starting now. So we moved our date to the natural food store and found a bunch of really weird alternatives to try. Pea cheese anyone?