Okaasan back up and in action again.
Mystery pain forgotten and gone.
Yesterday she ate lunch, washed a few underpants, went out at 5 pm and came home at 7 pm - after a long walk all the way to MacDonald's and back. Ate huge dinner.
After 2 days laying on the carpet moaning and gasping.
We think that maybe the sharp pain in the ribs/side was just that she'd been sleeping in a bad position and had muscle pain. She sleeps on the carpet, usually on her side, facing the TV (Yes, we know this is bad...but she won't do anything different).
These mystery pains that come and go in Okaasan's life.
Of course old people gets aches and pains - that's normal.
But, I do feel the dementia changes how she reacts to it: everything is always a BIG drama. It's a huge pain, right now! Don't know what! Don't remember why ( of course)....
It's the same with pets. They have a physical problem. They can't tell you how or why, or really how much. And it is NOW!
In a way it is good that Okaasan has such anti-hospitals/doctors opinions, because we don't - or really can't - take her to have anything checked out. Every time she stops eating and just lays around on the carpet, sipping water....and we wait...and eventually whatever it was passes...and she goes back to her routines.
Of course, if there IS something that needs outside help she will only let us get it very late, probably when she is unable to fight us off - but these fleeting problems come and go - without us knowing any more. If there is something bad happening in her body we won't know. That is her choice.