If it happens again, we're supposed to give him an inhaler. If the medicine is effective, it means he has asthma. In the meantime, he needs to sleep with a vaporizer every night.
When you're a little kid, getting a vaporizer is a big deal. To the boys, it was like Christmas all over again.
They looked at it from every angle and argued about where it should go. J.J. was proud when I put it right by his bed.
"Can I be in charge of filling it with water?" Johnny asked.
"Sure," I said.
"Should I also be in charge of giving J.J. his medicine?"
"Absolutely not. But tell us if you think he needs it."
But they also had concerns.
Richie asked: "Will we be vaporized?"
"Do you want to be?" I asked.
"Then I don't think so."
Johnny asked: "Will the water form a cloud and rain on us?"
"Do you want to be rained on?"
"Then probably not."
Johnny asked, "Is asthma a serious disease?"
"Well, it's treatable with medicine, so that's good," I said.
The vaporizer seemed to help, as J.J. didn't have any trouble in the night. I hope it was just a fluke, but only time will tell.