Yesterday the hospice nurse said Mom is beginning the transition to the active dying stage. At the time, Mom's breathing was shallow and slow and she did not detect any bowel sounds. A couple hours later mom woke up, she was talking and able to eat a few bites of lunch. Besides an occasional pebble, she hasn't had a definable BM in 9 days, even with laxative and fiber supplement. The hospice nurse also said she was "not quite there yet" as in active dying. Mom has always had sleep apnea, so it's difficult to tell if her breathing patterns mean anything at all. I know there's no time table or crystal ball and I have probably already answered my question, but I'm just confused and concerned.