Thank you to everyone who sent kind wishes following my period of absence from the political stage. I was undergoing an operation to replace a mangled disc in my neck.
It was an emergency, not for any medical reasons, but because our campaign director Adam Stachura said it was hindering my canvassing technique.
Lying on the theatre trolley as the needle was about to be injected into my hand the doctor declared she knew exactly who I was.
It was even more alarming that she looked remarkably like Nicola Sturgeon.