Sugar Surfing™ is the art of 1) visual pattern recognition, 2) assigning significance to what is visualized, 3) choosing an action to take (or not take), then 4) following up carefully and at times frequently. Here is another basic lesson in Sugar Surfing I ask you to study carefully. The image below highlights all the basic patterns seen on a blood glucose trendline. I’ve color-coded them to help each stand out. First, notice the light orange “drop” on the left. It’s a slowi
The first maneuver embraced by most people new to Sugar Surfing is the pivot. I often receive images of CGM screenshots soon after live workshops. They are sent from excited Surfers or Surfer parents illustrating a 'first pivot' move. Their skills quickly move forward from there as time and practice hones this skill. Other Dynamic Diabetes Management methods are then attempted and mastered as confidence grows. With that background, this post is about how to start pivoting.
Diabetes and the teen years mix like oil and water. As their bodies change and their mindsets shift, teens with diabetes often place their self-care priorities somewhere on a dusty shelf in the back of their expanding minds. Parents find this d-boredom or d-resistance as one of the most challenging periods in their d-child's life. The attentive, invested and cordial child morphs in to the surly, moody, argumentative adolescent who seeks to thwart every proactive diabetes move