Hello all, First, I would like to pay my respects to the parents who are caring for children with diabetes. It must be very frightening and stressful, and it takes a special person to be able to do so. I am hoping to find any interested parents that would be willing to give me feedback. Let me give you some history. I am a product design student and I have decided on a thesis project, of redesigning a blood glucose monitor for children. Testing blood sugar for a child is a scary and painful process, and I am aiming to redesign the experience for kids, and make a product that could take that experience, and change the feelings that kids associate it with. Right now, I am in the research phase and I am trying to gather as much information as possible, and I thought, there's no better person to ask then the ones who experience it everyday. I am hoping that some of you will be willing to share your experiences with me, and possibly stay in contact or be available to see my design through conception to completion, while giving me helpful feedback that will shape my design. I have thought of a few concepts, but truly need more information, as I am not a parent caring for a child with diabetes and cannot answer for them. What I am trying to understand now, is what makes the experience of using a blood glucose meter scary and I please t for children? Is it the sight of blood? Or the pain? Or just the association, where the child sees the blood glucose tester, and associates it with a painful experience and shies away from it? As a parent, what would make that easier for you? Are there certain things that you wish were implemented in a blood glucose tester? Have you ever had those moments where something isn't working properly and you think to yourself, "I wish this was more like _____." Or "it would be so much easier if I just had _____." As you can see, I have a lot of questions, and am looking to obtain knowledge not only about blood glucose testers but the experiences and feelings that surround them. I would be extremely grateful for your feedback, and I welcome private messages, and if anyone has questions or comments I'd be glad to inform you all on the progress of my project. I really hope to hear back from some of you and am looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Thank you so much for your time.