Dad announced his hips hurt when he slept, the mattress was too hard, and he was driving to R.C. Willey that very day to buy a memory foam mattress topper so he could sleep better. The topper came folded tightly in a box. We unwrapped and unfolded it, laying it out on the floor. It looked terrible, all lumpy and crimped and uneven. “Unfold on flat surface; allow to expand for 48 hours,” the instructions read. “Forty-eight hours!” Dad exclaimed. But by evening, the memory foam seemed evenly expanded, and we positioned it on the mattress and made the bed with pretty cotton flannel sheets that Mom liked. As Dad climbed into bed at 3:30 the next morning, after reading and munching (and napping) since 11:00 the night before, he sank quickly and comfortably into the three-inches of memory foam. Before long, though, he wanted to roll over, and found himself stuck in the conforming crater. To make matters worse, the flannel sheets grabbed at his cotton pajamas like Velcro. He could not move. Mustering all his strength, he pushed and pulled himself out of the foamy abyss. Instead of sore hips, that day he complained of intense pain in his chest between his ribs (left side) when he breathed. Doctors and EKGs and imaging and blood tests ruled out a heart attack or stroke or blood clots in his lungs—he had simply pulled some muscles, though it hurt like hell and felt like death knocking at his door. Back at home, he and Mom pulled off the “damned” memory foam topper, and it has sat on the floor in a crumpled heap since. Maybe I will try it on my bed.
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