Thanks to all of you for your kind words re: my ailing sibling. I visited her last night and she was in some pain, but well enough to make a hideous gurning face at me from behind her oxygen mask. She didn't know until she woke up whether they'd be able to perform the operation through keyhole surgery or through major, slice-you-open surgery, so was pretty relieved to find that it was the former. She should be out by Sunday, which is cool, although she'll have to stay off work for a month.
In other news, I'm in the Times today! Go out, buy it, read my words of wisdom in the Ticket (and those of Small H, whom I quoted, heh heh).