Or at least (she speaks too soon) not that instant. Today I'm at least only coughing on and off, rather than being unable to stop, so at least it's an improvement. I've done nothing more interesting than read (a little) and watch the Olympics (a lot) and sleep (a fair bit). And on top of that chiark is down, having crashed hard during an upgrade. You can get me by mail at firstname.lastname@example.org in the meantime but I don't check it as often.
Thanks those who wished me well anyway.