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Nightmare Before Christmas

Hello again.

Sorry for the long silence. It was not by choice.

I've just lived through the Christmas from hell. Most of it was spent in a bed in St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe. Parris took me in to the hospital emergency room on the morning of Christmas Eve, and they admitted me almost immediately after diagnosis. It seems I had a raging e-coli infection of my urinary tract. Urosepsis, they called it. So I spent Xmas and the days after in a hospital bed, hooked up to catheters and IV tubes, getting some heavy duty doses of antibiotics and some of the other wondrous products of modern medicine.

The good news: the antibiotics worked, and knocked out the infection. I was released a few hours before the end of 2010, and have been recuperating at home ever since. I'm still taking oral antibiotics and various other pills, and will be for a while, but the worst is past... and boy, am I glad to be be out of the hospital.

I was weak as a kitten when first released, and I still tire easily... but I'm stronger every day. Strong enough so that, yes, I still intend to make the trip to LA for the TCA. And yes, I will still be doing the signing at Vroman's... though it remains to be seen how taxing that will be for me. If you're attending, I would ask you to go easy on me and only bring a book or two for signing, and not everything I have ever written. I have to watch my strength.

The bad news: well, obviously, there's nothing like a week in a hospital bed to kick a hole in your plans and good intentions. I did hope to have some exciting announcements to make at TCA, but that won't be happening now. But hey, all the great stuff HBO will be rolling out about the GAME OF THRONES series should provide excitement enough.

I don't want to trivilize what I've just gone through. I'm a generally healthy guy, and this was the most serious bout of illness I have suffered in decades, and the first time I have seen the inside of a hospital (emergency room visits aside) since 1973. But I am on the mend now, and I expect to be back to my old self by the end of the month at the latest, and back to work well before that.

Until then, though, I probably won't be posting much here.

Thanks to all of you -- friends, fans, readers -- for your understanding and good wishes.


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Jan. 7th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Glad you're on the up and up George. I wish I could see you in Pasadena on Sunday but I've got to work at Disneyland grr!

Jan. 7th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Feel better George!
Jan. 7th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
All the best
Sorry to hear about your illness. Take care of yourself and get well, George!
Pia Nygaard Lauridsen
Jan. 7th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
Hope you are feeling better...
Jan. 7th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Take care of yourself...rest...take a break...eat healthy. Reading always helps me...if you don't have one then get a Kindle...they are so light weight that it's fun to read laying down again especially if you are weakened.
Jan. 8th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear of your illness George. Hope you're back to your old self soon! xo
Jan. 8th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
re: the new year
Best wishes Mr. Martin! I hope 2011 treats you well!
Jan. 8th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
We are very sorry to hear that and glad you're better now.
Get well soon!
Hillary Jolly
Jan. 8th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
So glad you are well and on the mend. Hospitals are no fun, this from a nurse, and I would never suggest a holiday in one...smiles.
Jan. 8th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're feeling better!

I also heard about the premeire date - congratulations!
Jan. 8th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
Best wishes for a complete recovery, and remember to put yourself first especially regarding your health!
Jan. 8th, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
I drank a bottle of wine tonight. King Robert is Jon's father. Lyanna is the mother. Jon has no dragon dreams. Just wolf so he is not Targeryan.
Jan. 9th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
That is an interesting theory. Its just like a Song of Ice and Fire friend to be contemplating these things when drinking. Love it!
Jan. 8th, 2011 09:00 am (UTC)
Sorry you were sick, hope you feel better soon.

Jan. 8th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
That sounds dreadful what you've been through! I'm glad you're feeling better now. I know it must feel strange for you to be taking it easy for awhile, but it certainly has its merits.
Jan. 9th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Get Well Soon!
Sorry to hear you were feeling rough, but glad you're on the mend! Hope you'll be able to turn yourself up to 11, sooner than expected. Heart and hope t'you sir!
Jan. 9th, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear you are sick
feel better soon
Jan. 9th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
Best wishes for 2011, including a full and speedy recovery
Dear George,

That must have been the worst Christmas of you life and one of the most terryfing experiences ever...

All the best to you and Parris, hope you're doing and feeling better soon.

I had this premonition that something (health-related) was going on, it is so unlike you that you did not post for more than to weeks without announcing it beforehand.
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
I was very woried when I read your post,but I belive that you are a strong man and that this will make you even stronger...sory about my english,im from Croatia and this is my first comment here. And I just wont you to know that you have a lot of fans here in Croatia and that you are one of the moust popular writers in my country :). I hope that some day you will anounced that you will come to Croatia( Zagreb) again.
Get well soon!
Jan. 9th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
Owwwwwwww.... Thoughts are with you and wish you a speedy and healthy recovery. Tough way to ring in the New Year :(
Jan. 9th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear of your illness. Hospitals are indeed a certain level of hell. Get well soon. Relax and enjoy the playoffs.
Jan. 9th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Keep a stiff upper lip good sir
Hope all is well Mr. Martin. Like they say, Life is what happens on a Tuesday afternoon right when your not looking for it. n a better note, it seems that your sickness boosted the Jets to herebeforeunseen greetness, as witnessed by the distruction of Manning and the Colts. Looking forward to seeing you at the signing, even though, I probably wont need anything signed. HA! Uber fail fan that I am.
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
Ty needs to use more anti-bacterial product.
Gerry Adair
Jan. 9th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Best Wishes
Hope you're feeling better with eachpassing day. The Jets win should bolster your spirits.
Gerry Adair
Christina Perez
Jan. 9th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh.
Get well soon! Sending good vibes your way from Texas.
Jan. 10th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
On the Mend
Hope you are feeling much better soon!
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