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Interview 1
Name of the person: Yamna
Date of birth: 2/4/1995
Age: 23
Gender: Female
Date:2-10-2018
Time: 10:00AM
Duration: 30 min
Interviewer: Fatima Rashed Alnuaimi
How long have you had diabetes?
I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 11, 12 years ago now.

Which type of diabetes you have?
I have Type 1 Diabetes.

How did you manage, growing up? Did you hide your diabetes?
I had my moments. Up until the age of about 13, my parents had full control of the diabetes and me. That’s also when I learned how to do my own injections, which gave me a little more freedom. I can’t say I ever took pride in having diabetes before.

Being a teenager with diabetes type 1 was difficult for me, I wanted nothing else than to be like “everybody else”, and I felt the diabetes hindered me in that. Starting at about age 16 I started hiding the diabetes more and more, at times even ignoring it.

It was a stupid move on my part, as it brought me to the ICU “intensive care unit. “on the night of my high school graduation with a life-threatening DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis), but luckily I survived, thanks to the excellent health care staff around me. This complete roller coaster of taking care of myself vs not doing it continued a few years after that too, purely because I didn’t achieve the results I was promised and that I was working towards.

Can you talk to me about DKA?
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a life-threatening problem that affects people with diabetes. It occurs when the body starts breaking down fat at a rate that is much too fast. The liver processes the fat into a fuel called ketones, which causes the blood to become acidic
What treatment do you use for your diabetic?
Medically, I use insulin and check my blood sugars often.

How often do you have to test your glucose levels?
I measure up to 10 times a day depending on how I felt and what I was doing.

How do you will manage your diabetes?
I think I’m doing better now than ever before!
I take much less insulin and other medications now, my blood sugar is more stable, and all my laboratory results and measurements are better than they ever have been
Can you determine if you have low or high level of diabetes without using the device? Give example?
Yes, I can
When I have a high blood sugar, I get sleepy, my brain feels like I’m lethargic and I can’t concentrate. Sometimes I’m insatiably thirsty as well.

When it’s low, I feel jittery, I might shake, I can’t see properly, and I can’t concentrate then either. But although that’s exactly what I need to do, I rarely feel hungry, that comes afterwards.

Do you check your glucose level by yourself or do someone do it for you?
I check my glucose level by my self
If you have the opportunity to develop the diabetes device what will be your suggestions?
I think that I really need to be developed a diabetes to check my glucose level without injection to be easier to me
Interview 2
Name of the person: Salama
Date of birth: 13/8/1990
Age: 40
Gender: Female
Date:4-10-2018
Time: 11:00AM
Duration: 30 min
Interviewer: Fatima Rashed Alnuaimi
How long have you had diabetes?
I had the diabetes when I become 35, so now its 5 years ago
Which type of diabetes you have?
My diabetes is type 2
What treatment do you use for your diabetic?
Normally I use drugs 2 times a day in morning and before I get sleep.
How often do you have to test your glucose levels?
Actually, I check my glucose level before my main meals and also before I get sleep which it’s like 4 to 5 time a day.

Can you determine if you have low or high level of diabetes without using the device? Give example?
Yes, I can.
For example: when I my glucose level is high I usually be angry, and I can’t endure any one. When my glucose level is low I feel tired and sleepy and always I want to lay down.
Do you check your glucose level by yourself or do someone do it for you?
Mostly I do it by myself unless my diabetes level is low my daughter do it for me.

If you have the opportunity to develop the diabetes device what will be your suggestions?
I think that I really want a devise with easy steps this its take long to check my glucose level so I want something I can do it in one second.