Nick's openness about his diabetes gave one Mom an a-ha! moment.
Momlogic: Tell us what happened.
Leisa: "Her friends were getting fixed up for the concert. I just bought her a pair of blue jeans two to three weeks before and they fit her perfectly. She said, "Mom, look at my blue jeans. They're so big!" This is kind of a cycle for her. She's a petite child; she goes through cycles of eating real well and then she doesn't, so I didn't think too much of it. I had also noticed that she had been drinking more. She is a child who would rather drink than eat.
That night before the concert and the next morning she was talking about Nick Jonas being diabetic and wearing an insulin pump. I wear one myself, and I thought it was so cool that he was a diabetic and in a band and tours all over the country. All of a sudden a light bulb went off in my head and I thought, 'Ohmigosh. Morgan has all the symptoms of diabetes.' I went blank.
I had a blood glucose meter and her blood glucose was 356. I thought something was wrong with my meter. I sent her to school because I didn't want to alarm her and called the doctor; he said to bring her in for a blood glucose tolerance test. When she got home from school, I tested her again and her blood glucose was over 500. I called the doctor again and he told me to bring her into the children's hospital. That evening she was admitted to the hospital and was diagnosed right away."
Momlogic: What was going through your mind after Morgan was diagnosed?
Leisa: We only stayed one day in the hospital. You kind of go through it as you would a death. You feel anger, guilt and sadness--different stages, like you would when you're diagnosed with any disease. I was kind of going through my guilt--I felt I should have recognized this sooner. I thought, 'if Nick Jonas hadn't talked about himself being diabetic and her thinking about it and talking about it, I might've let it go on to where she would've gotten really sick.' The doctor said we had really caught it in time.
Momlogic: What advice can you give to other Moms?
Leisa: "If you're unsure, always take them to the doctor to make sure. I always say better be safe than sorry. If you have that motherly instinct that something is wrong, you should investigate it. The weight loss was so sudden. Be aware of your child."