Thanks you all once again for your emails and good thoughts over the ether - I continue to appreciate them more than I can say. I don't think I will reply individually unless I get a lot better.
I am in Ipswich hospital - they had a bed yesterday and I got in OK with Aidan driving. I am more ill than I remember feeling - the hour of lead indeed. I don't have much energy to write but will try to keep in touch through the wonders of modern networks.