Luckily everything turned out fine in the end, and Miss A. is back in old form.
As a side effect of all this, I (re)discovered the therapeutic and calming effect of knitting and was able to put that gorgeous but impossibly wide (8 cm) ribbon to use.
If we fall asleep on the couch or in the hammock now (which happens occasionally, ...uhhh...sometimes. Well....ahem...quite often...) we now rest our heads on cozy, non-itchy wool and Tuscan cypresses + orange trees.
Hmmm, sweet dreams of summer...