Even without smell, couldn't you see that you were cooking an SOS pad? And even if not, wouldn't not being able to cut it normally be a giveaway? Why would you reach the point of steel wool bits in your mouth? Weird. Maybe she was just too old to live on her own by then.
If I could change anything through life, I would rewind and buy stocks like Microsoft, Apple and Starbucks when they were way cheaper, for obvious reasons.
My question: What would you do with a $1 million windfall?