I was certainly not made to stay in bed for prolonged periods of time. I am still sick in bed, although I am feeling better today than I have been! I think this flu virus I got has mutated whilst it marched through my body. Each time I think I am getting better, the germs pin me down again and some new symptoms take hold. It started exactly a week ago and although I think I am over the worst of it, I don’t think I am quite ready to brace the world, as last night’s trip to my acupuncturist proved! Perhaps if I rest enough, I could even get back to work tomorrow!

Before I disappear, I have to share the experience of my trip home. The flight was very full. I had an aisle seat in the middle block of four. As I arrived at my seat, my neighbour was already there: a traditionally built African lady (description of Mma Ramotswe in the Ladies’ No 1 Detective Agency), who greeted me with a burp and body odour. I should have known it was going to be a rough ride. A simple mathematical calculation could have predicted the evening’s outcome:

Traditionally built African lady shoulder width > (Seat width = 18″)

Consequence: Traditionally built African lady encroaches upon neighbours! I lost count, but I suspect that during the night and 10 hour flight, she must have poked me in the ribs with her elbows at least 20-30 times. I hardly got any sleep. Bear in mind of course, that I was feeling sick too. Not a fun place to be!

All left to be said with a wink and a grin at this point is: I hope I passed on my germs…..