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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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Kevin W Miller
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Glad youre feeling better. I was hoping your absence had something to do with Dance.
joeromel
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
I can't think of anything to say about the ordeal that isn't an understatement, so I'll just go with the standard "Wow, that really sucks." Even saying that we're all relieved to hear you're doing well feels inadequate. Would it be better if I said "Times a million"?

I don't know if everyone will understand quite how incredible and selfless it is of you to keep your date at the book signing, but I definitely do, and let me salute you for a genuine act of badassery. I live on the other side of the country, so I won't be making it, but I can totally appreciate the thought of you making yourself available to us fans so shortly after such an experience.

Take care, and thanks for doing what you do.
imzakklala
Jan. 8th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Beard
Its the beard...everyone who is awesome, has a beard:

Chuck norris
jesus
Markus Persson
etc
hippoiathanatoi
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
I guess we won't be looking forward to reports of a host of journalists storming Pink's Hot Dogs as part of some mysterious quest... ;)

Best wishes and a speedy recovery, George! Take it easy in LA.
afraidofzombies
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I'm so sorry - and so glad Parris was on the ball and realized you needed to be in the hospital.
arkham1010
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, so glad things are better. Happy to know you are home and on the mend!
yagathai
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Ouch. I've been there (though not in Santa Fe), so I can sympathize. It is not a party.
solanocard
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
Damn!
I thought your silence was caused by hard work (and in a way, it was! fighting off an infection is hard work).

I had a similar, if far less severe, infection exactly a week before Christmas. my urinary tract infection was also e.coli. I've had them before, to the point where I had to tell the doctor she had given me the wrong prescription (she put me on 3 days, when that is never prescribed for an adult male with a UTI).

Anyway, hope you feel 100% soon. good luck with your signing. I am disappointed not to be hearing your other announcements, but relieved that you are okay. I am sure it only set you back a few weeks to a month, so I am hoping you can provide you fans with a love letter by Feb 14 with some awesome news.
dothraki
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
E-coli?! Oh my goodness! Do you have any idea how you contracted it? Was it overseas? Boy oh boy... Glad you're doing well now. Good luck, and good health!
alibi_shop
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
[warning, slight nursey grossness ahead]

E. coli is the most common cause of urinary infections. It lives naturally in everyone's digestive tract, and despite our best hygienic efforts, a few of the little varmints inevitably end up on the skin around the bum/groin area... and may then attempt to set up shop in a nearby warm passage. The immune system and the natural flushing action of urine normally keep this from becoming a problem, but once in a while the bacteria will make it all the way up to the bladder and you end up with a more serious infection.
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inizitu
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
Holy Suck, Batman! And on Christmas, too. =( I'm glad you're home and on the mend. Good vibes in your general direction!
manheor25
Jan. 7th, 2011 08:57 am (UTC)
Don't worry, George
The only thing that matters is that you are ok.

Best wishes from Spain, master.

And take care.

stegoking
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
George, you have Maureen and I's best wishes on a speedy recovery. Rest up, and cancel anything you have to cancel. Your health comes first. (Just ask Parris!)
bauhausfrau
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds horrible! Sorry to hear you had such a dreadful holiday. Here's hoping your recovery continues at a speedier rate.

I'm selfishly glad to hear you're still making the Vroman's visit, I hope to see you then. We'll go to go easy on you, promise!
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lukobi
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Glad you are feeling better!
sweetgonzotooth
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)

a speedy return to up-to-snuff, good sir. glad it got caught in time; sorry you got cooped up and prodded and such (at any time of year!)...
imzadimylove
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Long time reader, first time poster.

I'm so sorry you've had such a hard time, and over the holidays no less. You are in my thoughts and prayers. *sending healthy thoughts*
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