“A star patient.” The words of the plastic surgeon after the operation. All appears to have gone well, Maureen is awake and talking rather a lot (no change there, then) and taking her usual interest in her surroundings, which currently amount to a labyrinth of tubes and various plastic bottles containing er, stuff (biology was never my strong point). So, a difficult day over and let’s hope she’s back home in time to cook the turkey (I mean, to be looked after and waited upon by her loving family!). Thanks for all your good wishes. Andy.