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Type 1 and Type 2 are Different!

My father-in-law was just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes. I think you can see why they stopped calling it that. Dad Rumley is NOT OLD by any means, but early 50s isn’t exactly “juvenile” either, is it?

Most of you know that my awesome hubby {Luke} and our firstborn {Grace} are also both Type 1 diabetics. Luke was diagnosed at age 10, and Grace at age 4.

Gracie girl at the endocrinologists’ office, the day after diagnosis. February 2009.

Our dear friends also have a little guy who was diagnosed a little over a year ago, at the age of 1 (just a few days before his 2nd birthday).

Grace and Zachy, the diabetic duo

So, I write this post in honor of these, my dear loved ones who deal with diabetes every day…and every meal.


Let’s get our facts straight.

You might not realize it, but there are many common misconceptions about diabetes, and I would love help clear them up.

First important point: There is a big difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

  • Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease (where the body attacks itself). Type 2 is probably a metabolic condition that may be rooted in an auto-immune reaction. (It’s being debated.)
  • In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas no longer produces insulin (a hormone that deals with sugar in the blood). In Type 2 diabetes, the body still produces insulin, but doesn’t USE it correctly.
  • Type 1 diabetes is ALWAYS treated with insulin shots (or an insulin pump) – with insulin that mimics a “healthy” person’s body. Type 2 diabetes is treated with diet/exercise/pills…and occasionally insulin shots.

Most people are more familiar with Type 2 diabetes, so let me say this…

You canNOT get Type 1 diabetes from eating too much sugar.

You can also NOT get Type 1 diabetes from being overweight. Have you ever seen our family? Our two diabetics are the thinnest in the bunch.

Grace with her awesome Daddy on her 7th birthday

And that brings me to the next important point: while a Type 1 diabetic should eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, they cannot control their diabetes with their diet. They eat whatever they need/want to eat, and count how many carbohydrates are in the food. Then they administer insulin depending on how many carbohydrates are to be eaten.

I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me, “Can Grace eat this?” And I so appreciate people’s sensitivity to our little girl…but I can tell you the answer every time: YES! She can eat anything (within reason, of course), as long as I can calculate how many carbs are in it and give her some insulin to cover it.

I wouldn’t call myself a diabetes education advocate in the strictest sense of the term…but I am a wife and mama who deals with finger pokes, insulin doses, carb counting, site changes, high blood sugars, and low blood sugars ALL THE TIME. I want you to be able to understand what’s really happening in our world.

The One I Love

In the throes of excitement and romance, as a teenager and young-twenty, I didn’t really grasp what people meant when their love for their spouse grew stronger with each passing year.

I couldn’t fathom loving him more than I did at that moment.

Now I understand.

Entryway Board and Batten

I like our entryway. It’s large enough that when people come over, they can comfortably stand and take off their coats without feeling really squished.

But it needed some pizzazz.

You already saw the TP art. That helped.

And then (with the help of some friends who actually know things about home remodeling), we moved on to Board and Batten! Woo-hoo!

So, here are the {before} pictures…

Note: This is NOT a tutorial. If you want the specifics on how to get ‘er done, you can check out some other sites. This is purely inspirational. 🙂

So, to start, my beautiful friend Amber and I painted the wall white. THREE TIMES. Who knew it would need that many coats?!

Pretty huh?

At this point, are you wondering how we managed to paint three coats with SIX kids (ages 7,5,4,2,2,and 1) in the house? Yeah, I’ve been wondering that, too. We mostly banished them to the basement, which proved to be a smart move after one of the kiddos hurled a football into one of the freshly painted walls.

Next, it was our awesome husbands’ time to shine.

Or work. Whatever you want to call it.

They measured. They cut. They nailed. It was great fun.

Meanwhile, Amber and I tried to clean some stains off my couch cushions (mostly put there by both of our 2-year-old boys). We were going to use her Bissell Little Green Machine.

Pardon the poor quality of that picture. I took it at 1am. Yes, the portion of the project that we started AFTER church on Wednesday night went a little long.

Moving on…

The machine wasn’t working. Amber took it completely apart, and it still wasn’t working. So, we got out a spray bottle to spray the cleaner on.

And after she scrubbed for a good ten minutes, she asked, “These covers don’t come off, do they?”

And suddenly, I remembered! There are zippers on the cushions! The only reason I know that is because I’m careful to put the zipper toward the couch when I put the cushions back from the kiddos playing “fort” 1,000 times a week.

It’s NOT because I’ve ever unzipped those zippers. Nope, in the 7-1/2 years we’ve owned that couch, the zippers have stayed all snug and zipped up.

So, when Amber asked that question, and I remembered that the covers DO come off the cushions, she might have said,

“I am going to kill you!”

I guess she was getting grumpy from the late hour and maybe all that work she’d just done to my couch, when in reality we could have just removed the covers and WASHED THEM IN THE WASHING MACHINE.


So, we did remove them. See?

And now I will show you the grossest picture I have ever posted on this blog…This is what the water looked like in the tub when we threw the covers in with some Dawn, vinegar, and peroxide to soak…Remember, this is 7-1/2 years of “stuff.”

Next time I’m at Amber’s house, I’m going to do this to her couch cushion covers, just so I can feel better about myself. (Or, if hers aren’t nasty, I will go into a deep depression. It’s worth a try, anyway.)

Well, eventually, Luke and I were relegated to cleaning up, while Ted and Amber finished the actual work.

If you noticed Ted’s facial expression, you may have already started praying for their marriage…But don’t worry, they’re doing great. I’m just going to attribute his supposed scowl to my poor photography skills and the late hour.

And eventually…Finally…We were done!

And it is beautiful! I LOVE IT!

What’s the next project?!

Just kidding…I think Luke’s done with project mode for a while.

Oh, and just so you don’t miss out on this spectacle…Here’s a really blurry picture of Ted modeling the new entryway. I think he was pleased with his work, don’t you?

Say Cheese!

We had cheese puffs with our dinner.

Luke distributed them while I dished out the meatball subs.

He asked Grace, “How many do you want?”

She said, “As many as I’m allowed.”


Steelcase Volleyball Tourney

It’s that time of year again, where the kids and I load up in the van and go watch Luke play in the Steelcase volleyball tournament. Let’s be real: the kids watched him for about 1 minute, and then they spent the rest of the time playing on the playground equipment. I kept one eye on them and one on Luke’s games. Not easy, but just a what a wife/mommy needs to do! 🙂

Luke serving:

The kiddos playing:

If you’re friends with Luke on Facebook, you can see a great picture of his volleyball team (who also happens to be the team he works with at Steelcase).

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