Welcome back Tamlin. Its good to see that you are still around. So sorry to hear about your illness, sounds like not so subtle torture to say the least. Have you been tested for parasites? Seems to me I remember watching a show not long ago where a guy had an unexplained skin problem similar to what you described that turned out to be a parasite.
As for plants, well I am a little thin when it comes to Utrics, I may have a couple really pretty Sarracenia for you though if you are interested.