The Glass Slipper

Last night I put my mom to bed at 8 PM. Her hearing aids, glasses, water cup and slippers were all within reach. At 7:30 AM her motion detection alarm went off, indicating that her feet went over the side of her bed. I ran from my room to hers.

When I arrived, she was holding her glasses and one of the lenses was gone. How far could it go in the minute it took me to get to her room?

She, of course, had no idea where it went. She thought it went missing the night before, which was not the case. I pulled out her nightstand, took the bed apart, looked under her recliner. My husband looked around as well. No luck. I gave her an old pair of glasses to wear in the interim and fed her breakfast.

By 11:30, mom summoned enough stamina to take a shower. I got the water running while I stood her inside her walker to get her undressed. The last items we removed were her slippers and under her foot I found the lens to the glasses! I will never understand how someone with very sensitive feet (we jokingly call her “The Princess and the Pea”) could walk around for 4 hours and not feel a very thick lens in her slipper.

My husband got out the repair kit and had the glasses back in great form. I am glad that I knew where her old glasses were because this is not the first mishap and I am sure that it won’t be the last.

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