Mum had a bad night - kept awake by thinking about how she'd have to have her cat put down.
Old lady forgets stuff - '..get her to the doctor for a diagnosis.'
Next step: surreal cerebral scan experience for an 86 year-old not too sure about being sucked into a scanner and told to stay very still.
Doctor's diagnosis (Altzeimer's) is discretely packaged around a prescription for major brain altering drugs that 'could slow down the degeneration'.
They don't they confused Beryl and made her see things that aren't there.
Made her dealing with her new Atzheimer's label really difficult as she watched herself making a cup of tea from outside of her body.
'I'm going to need help so I'll go into a care home. They don't allow cats. I'll have to take her to the vets'
4 am logic for an 86 year old on psychoactive medication.
- whose best friend is her cat.
Stopped the medication.
Ignoring this Doctor's label now '...old ladies get forgetful'
The cat gets a reprieve and Beryl says 'I feel like myself now the tablets have worn off'
End of the first chapter.
The cat stays and the Care Home is off the agenda.
The children are learning this stuff on the job...