It's been a while since I've given you an update on Ben. To be truthful, I've been keeping a bit of a low profile in our household on the ED-front. In other words I've tried to keep things as near normal as possible. No mention of weight, no mention of calories, no getting out our contract and "doing points" as we still do on occasions. All of which is a Good Thing.
However on Thursday Ben starts (what I hope will be) a course of around 10 or 12 CBT sessions with a psychologist on social anxiety with a view to easing him into a successful re-attempt at university in September.
And university is still on the cards. Sheffield University, that is, not our local university which was an option if he felt he couldn't live away from home.
Next week Ben is off to Sheffield to attend a lecture so he can get a feel for what that side of student life is like. And, either this month or next month, he will need to apply for accommodation again.
The plan, if you remember, is for him to spend half the week in Sheffield and half at home, hopefully spending more and more time in Sheffield as time goes on.
So that's where we are at the moment.
And in early summer we have our mega holiday month. Ben won a luxury holiday in Cornwall in Dorset Cereals' Spin the Bottle competition - and then we have two weeks in Italy.
It's the first time we've been abroad since the Holiday From Hell in France in summer 2010, described in my book Please eat... A mother's struggle to free her teenage son from anorexia
Fingers crossed it will be 100% different.