The elderly woman appeared a little out of place being led to her room with a cop at each side. She would have looked more appropriate in a cookie commercial, but since she had tried to beat the bejeezus out of her husband with a jagged broom handle, looks were clearly deceiving.
The bruised and bleeding husband refused to come into the room (or press charges), but the daughter came in grim faced and sat at the bedside. The patient was on the downhill side of dementia, but she seemed absolutely sure of her facts. When asked by one of the cops why she had attacked her husband, this was what she kept repeating:
She had been sitting in her living room sipping her cup of tea when an enormous man came in through the front door and forced her to take her clothes off. Once she had done that, fighting and kicking the whole way, he then made her raise her hands up in the air and keep them there. Her husband, watching from the next room, didn't intervene at all and let the strange man do whatever he wanted to do. And that's why she had hit him with the broom. Given the chance, she told us quite clearly, she'd do it again. Perhaps even harder the next time. If your own husband won't protect you...
The daughter put her head in her hands and sighed heavily. And when she lifted her head up, she said (through clenched teeth),
"Mother, you crazy old woman, that was your physical therapist."