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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. 10th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
exciting news!
havn't read it here yet, but the HBO series will start on April 17th, 2 days before my 31st birthday.

I hope that if the planets all align, GRRM's publisher will ensure a cross promotional book release... you all know what book I am talking about... right around the same time. I have no idea if Sunday is a usual day of the week for book releases, but as long as I have my hands on certain book by April 19th, I will be happy.
Jan. 10th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Get well soon!!
Hope you get well soon!! Let's hope 2011 is a better year for us all!
Jan. 10th, 2011 10:15 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're better now.

I hope that many successful events waiting for you in your near future will soon make you forget about your not so nice christmas!
Jeff Armstrong
Jan. 10th, 2011 11:21 am (UTC)
Get well
Glad you're on the mend, Mr. Martin. Best wishes from a fan in Greensboro, NC.
Jan. 10th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Best wishes
I'm so glad you're feeling better and free of the confines of the hospital. Take it easy!
Jan. 10th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Your exciting announcement!
You did have an exciting announcement and it is that you are OK. That's enough excitement for now, anything else can wait until you've recovered. Take care of yourself!
Jan. 10th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you're doing better! This is just another sign that our government needs to seriously take a look at food safety standards. Nobody is safe anymore.
Jan. 10th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
I am glad that the medications worked, and so sorry to hear that you went through this to begin with. I hope you get to feeling normal quickly.
Aapo Halme
Jan. 10th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Get Well Soon!
I hope YOU WILL FEEL BETTER! (And that is an order, sir.) ;}
Jan. 11th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
I hope you'll get well soon!!
Andrew C. Porter
Jan. 11th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
May The Seven of New Jersey make you better.
The Seven of New Jersey:

The Old Man- May he bust you upside da head if you step outta line.
The "My Mutha"- You better not say nothin' about her!
The Little Sista- She really developed "assets" last summer.
The Old Broad- May she spray you with dat hose of her's when you step on her lawn ya lil hoodlum!
The Mechanic- Yeah, you'll need a new fender, but He's got a guy down in Camden.
The Broozer- May he bust you upside da head if you say anything about The Little Sista.
The Stranger- He's the same everywhere.

May The Seven of New Jersey get you better!!
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Dang George I'm sorry to hear that...Hope you feel much better soon=)
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
e-coli --> urosepsis
Hiya Mr. Martin. I'm glad to hear that you have destroyed the microbial invaders and are recovering your strength. I am wondering though, and if this is impertinent/over-personal feel free to disregard, but isn't urosepsis a blood condition caused when the invader (e-coli in your case) breaks into the blood stream from the urinary tract?

By the way, you are a far stronger human being than I am. I have had a catheter before, and it was horrible, but I can't even imagine what you went through having a catheter inserted in the midst of a urinary tract infection. Yikes! Come to think of it though, it must have been a blessed relief to have one, even if getting it in was hell.
Jan. 11th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
Don't stop eating burgers, man. Otherwise the terrorists win.

Feel better.
Jan. 11th, 2011 08:49 am (UTC)
Thank you for making the Vroman's trip! It was an honor, and a privilege to meet a man I admire even very briefly, that you were willing to do while feeling under the weather shows an enviable respect for your fans. :)
Jan. 11th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Get Well Soon
Take care of yourself, George! Westeros needs you!
Jan. 12th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you're feeling better!
Sorry to hear you were sick enough for a hospital visit, but glad to hear you're out and doing better! I hope you're up to full strength soon!
Jan. 12th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Get well
George, we want you hale and hearty for years to come. Wish you the best. Get better soon.
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