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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. 5th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
my very best wishes for a speedy, annoyance free recovery.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. :)
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
Take it easy, and get well soon.
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Screw plans, the most important thing is that you're healthy!
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Dear lord. And on Christmas Eve, too. Totally in 2010's petty little style, that. Glad to hear you beat it, though it sounds like the battle was rough. Best wishes for a better new year! Recover well, and take care of yourself.
Oliver Schmieding
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
meanwhile back in the old world....
opel's a.k.a. general motors' new fuelsaving cars come in different flavors to cheer you up:

the ecoflex diesel (eco cdti)
and the regular ecoflex (and oooh yes, they actually
DID name it "eco Li")

Jan. 5th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Echoing Stego, ten times over. (I seem to be doing that a lot, latey. Stego, get out of my head!)

Much love to you and Parris.
Steven Poore
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Get well soon, sir.
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
Do take care.
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your illness
Sorry to hear about the Urosepsis. BUT... extremely glad to hear that you are feeling MUCH better now. I'm sure a lot of people will hound you even more about finishing up various projects (wink, wink, nudge, nudge ~ "A Dance with Dragons"), but I hope you ignore it all and focus on getting back to 100%. All us FANaticS can wait (whether we want to or not). Best wishes!

Jan. 5th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Good wishes, indeed, George. I hope you do recover fully and quickly. Don't tax yourself too much. I'll keep you in my prayers.

And may 2011 go well for you in all things.
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear you've been badly ill, George, especially at this time of year. :( Best wishes for a speedy recovery! And best to Parris as well.
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
All my good thoughts heading your way, sir. The miracle of modern medicine never ceases to amaze me!
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
Ack! Thank goodness the antibiotics kicked in quick, and you're home now.
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
Ouch! Ouch ouch ouch. That sucks downright painfully in ways I don't want to think about. Take care of yourself.
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Very sorry to hear that George. I hope you continue to recover quickly.
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