Mine does this too. She’s 72, and has only recently begun to experience any health or mobility issues, after a bad break of her ankle, last Spring.
One time, I must confess, I actually snapped at her: “Just be thankful you got to 72 without anything serious happening! Now imagine you were like this at 45!”
I don’t know why, but she just doesn’t think. Every phone call is about her and her illnesses. Last time, she even began: “I haven’t told anybody else this…” (i.e. my brother and sister) before reeling off the current list of complaints. Why does she think I’m the right person to burden with it? Does she think I haven’t got enough damn health problems to think about?
Why doesn’t she choose a member of the family who isn’t ill, to regale with it all?
Since I was diagnosed, she’s even got herself convinced she has MS. Although there is a family history, we know that it’s on Dad’s side; no blood relative of Mum’s at all!
To be honest, even if she did have MS (I’m positive she doesn’t), if she got to 72 without noticing, she isn’t doing badly, is she?