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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. 6th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Well just thank god your on the road to recovery. Also the news that you are recovering is probably the best kind of news you could be giving anyone right now. :)
Jan. 6th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Light at the end of the tunnel
I am sorry for what you had to go through, but I am most definitely glad that now you are on the mend and gaining strength everyday! Please take care of your health as it comes first and foremost. All the other things can wait, for in the grand scheme of things they are not nearly as important as your mental and physical well-being.

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you sir! Be well and hope to hear more good news about you!
Colm Coonagh
Jan. 6th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
sorry to hear that mate - hope your feeling better soon
Jan. 6th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Feel better!
Jan. 6th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update George!
Everybody on twitter has been ill from flus and whatnot the month of December-weather has been particularly harsh on the continent.

That said, I genuinely give you the best wishes-and look forward to your speedy recovery.

Mend and heal sounds trite-but I look forward to hearing from you soon.

2011 is going to be epic for both you, yours and fans across the world when they watch Game of Thrones.

Jan. 6th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
No understanding needed.

I think everyone's happy that you're okay. I, for one, think you're a superhero for still making your appearances and travel arrangements.

I would suggest doing them in a bubble though or dousing yourself hand sanitizer every 90 seconds or so. You know...just in case. :)

Get well soon!
Jan. 6th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Hey wow so sorry to hear that hoping you regain your strength as soon as possible, the worst is over at least, feel better!
Jan. 6th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Hang in there
Hi George,

I was thinking this silence was out of character, gald to hear you are over the worst and wish you a speedy recovery.

Jan. 6th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Best Regards
Geez, sounds aweful. Glad to hear you are recovering. Take it easy and best wishes in the new year.
Jan. 6th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your illness. Being in the hospital is a sucky way to spend the holidays. May you regain your strength quickly.
Jan. 6th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Get well soon! I'm glad you are feeling better. Here's to a wonderful 2011.
Jan. 6th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Hope you to be well soon.
Jan. 6th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
That's one of the worst things that can happen to a man during the holidays.

I wish you all the best in getting back to your healthy self, and may this never happen again.
Jan. 6th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Best wishes
Sorry to hear about your illness - get well soon!
Jan. 6th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Get well soon GRRM
Bloody hell George thats no good to hear! glad your on the mend, i hope your not too buggered after the signing! And all honesty i know none of us would like to even attempt to work after going through that! Your a champ hope you get well soon
Jan. 6th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
don't overdo it
Rest as much as you can and get your strength back, sir. Put 2010 behind you and we'll all forge ahead. :)
Jan. 6th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Get well soon, buddy. Rest!!!
Tania Ithilien
Jan. 6th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
Oh God, sorry to hear that! But it's great that you're doing good now. Take care!
Jan. 6th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
Wish you all the best! Get well soon =^.^=
Jan. 6th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel stronger soon, sorry to hear you had such a crappy christmas :( Glad you got through it all right though. Take it easy :)
Dejan Nikolić
Jan. 6th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
Please do recuperate fast Mr. Martin, I hope you gain your strenght back in no time and that you continue with your blessed normal activities
Jan. 6th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Get well soon!
I hope you are feeling better soon.

Best wishes for the New Year.
Jan. 6th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
wishing you much healthiness!!
Jan. 6th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
That's terrible, man. Feel better and take some time off to relax. Honestly, my only relationship with you is loving your fiction, but I suspect that will be better for your feeling reasonably fit and having no distractions like a bladder that feels like it houses a nuclear reactor. The whole thing sounds awful and I wish you the best.
Jan. 7th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
Any hospital stay is always scary, so I'm glad to hear you're doing better. Take care of yourself.
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