Even though we did have plenty of nice moments like these:
We also needed an awful lot of these:
The waitstaff told us that every dish the hotel served was prepared with MSG. Of course we ordered separately, but somehow M still ended up with bad reactions for about 3 days. The coconut has saved us many times, but this time, while it can probably be credited for keeping me from completely losing my mind, it wasn't enough to fully control his reactions. (I think next time I might try the baking soda and honey, too. It can't hurt, right?)
This weekend gave us a good reminder. M was overly emotional and broke down whenever he was frustrated or had to change plans. On Sunday (a full day after he had eaten any offending food) he was constantly in trouble - pestering people, hands all over everyone, impatient, unresponsive to discipline... It was a sober reminder of what our lives used to be like every day. I'm so thankful to God that we have found this solution for him.