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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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ripper711
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
Get Well
George
Glad your feeling better ,take care of yourself .
sistercrow
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
Glad Parris was there to help, and that you're no longer in the hospital. Do whatever you need to get well soon. Love to both of you. *Kathleen
hinka83
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year and get Healthy!
wish you a good recovery and a nice and healthy year 2011!
inkskratches
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
I was a bit curious why you hadn't posted anything in a while--not even a blurb about the NFL. I'm shocked at how serious things ended up being. But I'm glad to hear that you're doing better. Take it easy over in LA!
ender839
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
Stay warm, take care of yourself, and continue to get healthy! Best wishes for a speedy - and complete - recovery!

And hey, now you can relax and watch the Packers (hopefully) beat up on the Eagles. :)
backinhumanform
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
please do take care George.

with best wishes

Joe
maine_character
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Rest up and read good books and enjoy looking at your own ceiling and be well.
missysedai
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
YIPES!! What a crappy way to spend the holidays!

So very glad that you're on the mend and starting to feel better. Love and hugs to you and Parris.
caladon
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
Sounds brutal, glad you're feeling better.
Ben Hodson
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yikes
Sorry you had to go through that.. Sounds misreable. Get well soon. At least you have one Football team to watch while you get better.
star_keeper
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
Glad you're feeling better and had good people to take care of you! Take it easy while you're traveling and we'll see you on here when you're feeling better!
twistedsheets10
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
May you get better every day! ♥
maetang
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
Phew. Sorry to hear that you were so seriously ill. I'm glad you're getting better. Best wishes for a swift and smooth recovery.
jdtvi
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear that. be well!
lilgeorge
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
Exciting Announcement
Mr. Martin: I did hope to have some exciting announcements to make at TCA ...

Seems to me the fact that you are alive and doing well is a pretty fine, f-ing announcement. Everything else is just gravy (or if you like the sweet and not the savory - it's just icing).

Take it easy and take care of yourself.


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