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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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bojojoti
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.
ellisar
Jan. 6th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Get well soon! I'm glad you are feeling better. Here's to a wonderful 2011.
sevgiinsani
Jan. 6th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Hope you to be well soon.
svenshinhan
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.
andgor11
Jan. 6th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Best wishes
Sorry to hear about your illness - get well soon!
jgibbson
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
patrick_tully
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. :)
ty18769
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!
lomnen
Jan. 6th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
Wish you all the best! Get well soon =^.^=
miakaxevolved
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)
Health
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
traceylea9
Jan. 6th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Get well soon!
I hope you are feeling better soon.

Best wishes for the New Year.
ohtobeannaaa
Jan. 6th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
wishing you much healthiness!!
mistermoon
Jan. 6th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Agh!
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.
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