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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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harro_der
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
I hope you're feeling better soon! My Dad had a raging infection similar and was in the hospital for days. It's scary and I'm glad to hear my favorite author is on the mend!
godfish
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
Good to hear you're on the mend. Don't rush yourself into anything, though. Take your time getting better.
snarky_sharky
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
Get better, that's all that matters!
tripleneck
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
Get Better!
Glad to hear you are tougher than a gang of microbial sneaks. Best wishes for your improving health!
wolfwidow
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thank the gods you are ok! Thank you for letting us know about your recent ills. So sorry you had to spend Christmas in the hospital, I hate hospitals. Take care of yourself, you are extremely precious to us all! :-)
alibi_shop
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Very best wishes! Sorry about the lousy holiday... being in a hospital is the pits even in the best case. At least modern medicine does sort of work a good deal of the time.

Of course we're all now 100 times as curious about your "exciting announcements", but I'm very happy to wait for those.
bruisedgarden
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
<3 Feel better soon, George.
freyas_fire
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear the worst is over and that you're on the mend - but don't overexert yourself, either. You don't need to end up back in the hospital because you pushed yourself too hard way too soon. Your fans will understand - rest and get better.
ladyringo
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
I am glad you're okay and on the mend!! Continue to feel better!
mollydot
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
Eep! Glad you're doing better. Get fully better soon!
Ivanhoe Shaz
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
get better, and happy new year!

martin, from argentina
maldis
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
Take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids. Have some chicken soup.

I hope you feel better soon.
db1869
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say get well soon! I have had the privilege of meeting you on two different occasions at fan events and was very impressed. Can't wait to hear your big news!

Dan
Matt Winberry
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Was wondering why you hadn't left a venemous posting...
...on the fact that the Seahawks are in the playoffs and the Giants aren't. Now I know why. Hope you feel better--and I hope the Jets win for you this weekend!
hippoiathanatoi
Jan. 6th, 2011 10:57 am (UTC)
Re: Was wondering why you hadn't left a venemous posting...
Hah, glad someone brought this up.

Screwiest thing I've ever seen, to be honest. The worst team to ever make the playoffs -- or at least, the team with the worst record, but seriously, their numbers are bad, bad, bad.

They played their hearts out in the last game, nut when the majority of your supporters are rooting for you to lose (for the draft pick, naturally), you know you're not playoff material.

I'm not sure what can be done to fix things. Probably nothing will be done, from what I've read.

(It'd be something if they went all the way, immediately. The tuff that sports movies are made of.)
kitaoroshi
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that you had to go through that! I wish you both the best and hope that you get better soon!
ieiazel
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
Wow, that was pretty serious stuff, I'm very happy that you are getting better. Best wishes!
mjferro
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
Best wishes, hope all stays well!!
podrick
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear that. Cruel cruel illness. I hope you have a great time in LA to (partly) make up for it!
nutmeg3
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
Yikes! And here I thought getting myself a new hip for Christmas was the height of excitement. I'm glad to hear you're on the mend, but please don't overtax yourself. I'd rather have you miss a signing than land back in the hospital.
Vic Sage
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Get better GRRM!
HawkZee
Jan. 6th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
That sounds absolutely brutal, and tremendously unpleasant. So glad to hear that you are on the mend, sending you good vibes and chi!
Jay Chaffin
Jan. 6th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
My whole family and I want you to feel better George. You rock.
geminai5
Jan. 6th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Take care and get well SOON!
bunnyhopperwtf
Jan. 6th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Get well soon!
Leave the pain behind for 2010. 2011 is a good year. All the best George. I wish you a quick recovery and all the best!
Johan Sporre
Jan. 6th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Oh, that's no way to spend the holidays. We wish you a speedy recovery and a rejuvenating trip to LA.
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