Dear read­ers, let me ex­plain...

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Paul Sinclair -

REG­U­LAR read­ers may have no­ticed that this col­umn has not ap­peared in your Mail on Sun­day for a num­ber of months now. Let me give you an ex­pla­na­tion. In late Septem­ber, on what my wife and I hoped would be a ro­man­tic week­end away, I had an ac­ci­dent in which I broke more bones than I thought my body ac­tu­ally con­tained.

It was a close one that re­sulted in three months in hos­pi­tal but thanks to the as­ton­ish­ing skill, care and ded­i­ca­tion of the sur­geons, nurses and physi­cians at St Thomas’s Hos­pi­tal and King’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal, Lon­don, and at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal in Glas­gow, I ap­pear to be on the way to a full re­cov­ery. I am pleased to thank all the staff for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism, my fam­ily and friends I knew I had and ones I didn’t re­alise I had, for all their love and care as well as my col­leagues at The Mail on Sun­day. Ap­pre­ci­ated.

There is one per­son who, of course, comes num­ber one when the medals are handed out – my wife. She was there when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened and al­though she does not believe she has the nurs­ing gene, her care has meant more than any­thing, giv­ing me the best of rea­sons to get through the dark times.

I am a very lucky man. And I can­not tell you how glad I am to be back.

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