Dr Who?

‘Classic case’, I think. The woman is in her fifties; grey bob, smart specs, silk blouse.

It’s the eyes that give her away: glazed, frightened, like a bird in a box.

“Forgetfulness?” She nods. “Panic? Brain fog?” Tick, tick.

I chew the end of my pen; she copies. I’ve been doing this long enough to know the signs. Dementia: a beast that burrows from the inside out.

I scrawl a referral on clinic letterhead. When I look up, she is staring back.

I’m handing her the letter when the door swings open.

“Mum?” Says a girl.

I turn from the mirror.

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