One never knows what life stories she will have. Some are good and some not so good, but like most stories we learn from them. I am linking my story to Six Sentence Stories - Patience. Perhaps you have had a similar experience, but I hope not.
What were those white things on her that seemed to be so illusive as she tried over and over to pick them up with her 97-year-old arthritic hands. Each time she tried, she failed, and finally in desperation she turned to her daughter sitting beside her and asked her to pick them up and toss them away. The daughter at first said that she couldn't see anything, which only caused her mother to become more frustrated, replying, "You can't see them; well look closer!"
The lightbulb went on in her daughter's mind, when she said as she pretended to be picking something off her mother's blanket and tossing it into the nearby trash can, "There I threw it away!" Her mother, looking down on the white blanket replied, "Well, I can still see it!"
Reality would start returning as soon as the doctor got the test results and medication could be started for a common infection of many elderly patients, but for the next few hours her daughter would try her best to attain a high level of patience as she tried to distract her mother from those bothersome things (animal, mineral, or vegetable?) upon which she was fixated.