she knows it's him, and knows he's just trying to be caring and helpful in his own stunted, controlling, secretive way. So as long as he's not a jerk about it, she just lets it happen, doesn't acknowledge that she knows it's him. And thus they never talk about it, and neither of them has to wound that unyielding pride they're both so captive to by admitting that she could use his help or that he was worried for her.
Yes, definitely the most preferable way to interpret it. (But does the internal monologue in the SS issue you mention contradict that?)