and the flames went higher
-Johnny Cash, "Ring of Fire"
So, Luke has a horrible cold - double ear infection, day #3 of a high fever, and more snot rivers than I've ever seen on a kid. We've seen some pretty pitiful kid sicknesses, what with all the rounds of pneumonia we've seen. But this is right up there with the most pitiful.
Derek pulled out the humidifier this morning and for some reason it kinda freaked Jay out. He kept asking "Will it be loud?" and he was clearly pretty concerned about it. We said it will help Luke feel better, reassured him that it would be quiet, and didn't really think much more of it.
Then about an hour later, Jay asked me, "Why does that thing help Luke feel better?" Given that we'd attempted 17 different "that things" to help Luke feel better (and that's just what we tried between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.!), I didn't know whether he was referring to the snot-sucker, the Tylenol, the cool washcloths, Vicks Vapo-rub, the antibiotics or what.
Me: What do you mean?
Jay: That thing. The thing that shoots fire out. Why it makes Luke feel better?
Me: Uh .... I'm not sure what you're talking about, sweetie. (At this point, I'm really confused where he's going with this.)
Jay: That thing! The one Daddy put in his room!
Me: Oh, the humidifier! It doesn't shoot fire, honey. It puts a little mist of water in the air. It's not smoke coming out. It's just water.
Jay: Then why is it called a humidi-fire?