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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 11:08 pm (UTC)
Wishing you a continued speedy recovery and a most excellent New Year! :)
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
I am very sorry to hear about your misfortune. I am indeed happy you are still with us. Take your time getting well, sir.
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Oh man. I am glad you are feeling better. Please rest well and take care of yourself.
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Very sorry to hear this and hope you're now on the mend - a lot of folks here have had a pretty rotten Xmas but yours has obviously been particularly grim. Get better soon!
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
just glad you're okay
I figured nothing awful had happened because WiCNet or Westeros would say something, but I am relieved just the same to see you post. Keep getting that rest. I can't think of anything more important at this time.

To a healthy 2011.
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
This reminds me a bit of my mother's bout a couple years ago with orbital cellulitis a few days before Christmas. Where your infection could have destroyed your Littlefinger, hers would have taken half the light of the world (I don't associate any of your major characters with a missing eye - sorry) if it were not for antibiotics.

I spent that holiday watching random Christmas movies in a hospital room next to my mother who could only listen, since her eyes looked like burnt hamburger meat and were nonfunctional.

I'm happy that you're fine now, and will do my best to make it up to Vromans to thank you in person for all the great writing that you've shared with the world.
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
Lighting a candle for you
Thoughts and Prayers. Glad you're on the mend and getting better good sir. Live life to the fullest and enjoy it all in any way you see fit!
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Take care and rest plenty. Get well soon!
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
I hope you're feeling better soon! My Dad had a raging infection similar and was in the hospital for days. It's scary and I'm glad to hear my favorite author is on the mend!
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
Good to hear you're on the mend. Don't rush yourself into anything, though. Take your time getting better.
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
Get better, that's all that matters!
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
Get Better!
Glad to hear you are tougher than a gang of microbial sneaks. Best wishes for your improving health!
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thank the gods you are ok! Thank you for letting us know about your recent ills. So sorry you had to spend Christmas in the hospital, I hate hospitals. Take care of yourself, you are extremely precious to us all! :-)
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Very best wishes! Sorry about the lousy holiday... being in a hospital is the pits even in the best case. At least modern medicine does sort of work a good deal of the time.

Of course we're all now 100 times as curious about your "exciting announcements", but I'm very happy to wait for those.
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
<3 Feel better soon, George.
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