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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.


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.)
Jan. 6th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Re: Was wondering why you hadn't left a venemous posting...
Stuff, even.

In other NFL news, the Dolphins have been terrible and it looks like they're stuck with Sparano for another season because they can't find anyone better. Yay... :P
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Was wondering why you hadn't left a venemous posting...
No true Seahawks fan was rooting for them to lose come gametime against the Rams...

Many of us were talking like we were going to, but we were all fooling ourselves. As soon as the whistle blew, I was screaming for Ram's blood.

And now we've slain the Saints. Here's to the playoffs, where truly anything can happen. :)


George R.R. Martin
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