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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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jaylake
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Be well, sir.
bastun_ie
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
Ouch! Take it easy, and get well soon!
skellington1
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Ugh! Glad to hear you're on the mend. Take your recovery gently!
ezzkmo
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, so sorry to hear this is how you spent the holidays. Glad you have fought off the baddies and are on healthy recovery!
angelchrome
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Just take your time and get better. I've had that exact thing happen to me and it take a while to get back up to full speed. Lots of water, lots of rest, you've got an exciting year ahead of you!
gaspodia
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
Best wishes for your recovery :) Make sure you take lots of rest and don't push yourself too hard as a setback would be both unbearable and inevitable if you don't rest enough after having such a nasty bug!
sevensent
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
feel better George
I thought there had been an unusual amount of time between posts but I just want to send my best wishes for your recovery. I hope you didn't participate in any blood magic rituals George. Only life can pay for life.
lugajetboygirl
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
Holy shit! That sounds like it was epic - as in the miserable part of the epic, when the heroes are on the quest and life sucks and they finally come to the realization that all the adventure stories leave out the actual difficult bits.

Feel better soon!
wanderingfey
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
Rest well, feel better. May you not see the inside of an ER for another 37 years.
flockofgulls
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh. I'm so glad you are alright now! Scary! And I imagine very painful.
ariesrising19
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Oh that's so scary! I'm so glad to hear you are out of the hospital and home on the mend. I hope you're back to your old self soon!
uncle_twitchy
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you're on the mend. Take care and listen to your doctors.
williamjm
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Hope you get well soon, George.
lundymicron
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Health before work
Get well soon George! Glad you're on the mend. Please consider skipping the LA trip. Your health is more important than pleasing fans. Prayers for your continued recovery.
Your fan,
-Lundy
dscotton
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
That really sucks. I'm glad you're recovering now.
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