Best known for his work on "Green Arrow," writer/artist Mike Grell has contributed a vast amount to the DC Comics character's mythology -- whether it's "The Longbow Hunters" or his work for the CW's "Arrow," providing police sketches in an episode and serving as the nominal inspiration for a corrupt judge. Grell gave fans a scare when he cancelled an appearance at CopperCon 2013 in Mesa, Arizona, with the show's organizers stating the creator had been in the hospital.
After speculation and worry from fans, Grell has posted an update via his personal website with a full explanation of his hospital stay. Grell discovered he contracted cellulitis at the beginning of August, and he is currently still at the hospital undergoing treatment for the skin infection, but hopes to be out of the hospital and home in a few days. Grell's full statement follows below.
Hi, everyone -
I thought it was high time I issued some kind of official statement regarding my health status, especially considering how rapidly Facebook and Twitter have spread the word and how incomplete the information has been.
WHAT HAPPENED? Somewhere around the end of July, I found a small bug bite on my right calf. On 31 July I developed flu-like symptoms and achy joints. That night I fell asleep while reading and awoke at about 4AM with a fever. Alarmingly, my right eye would not track and my first thought was STROKE. Fortunately, I quickly put myself through the stroke evaluation and passed on all counts, so I was confident it was NOT a stroke even before I arrived at Summit Pacific Medical Center, where I was admitted on August 1.
After CAT scans, MRI’s, X-Rays, Ultrasounds and a spinal tap ruled out stroke, aneurism, tumors, diabetes, meningitis, MERSA, Lyme disease, and necrotizing fasceaitis, we were left with what pretty much everyone suspected from the start: CELLULITIS.
By August 3rd, my vision had returned to 100% normal, my general condition was improving and my doctors expected me to be discharged shortly. Then the wheels fell off.
It seems cellulitis is a nasty bug that, even when you kill it off with antibiotics, the dying cells produce toxins that destroy other tissue.
The short version that I’m still in the hospital (a different one after being transferred here three days ago) with a small army of specialists swarming over me like an Indy 500 pit crew. The weird thing is that I don’t feel sick at all, just tired of being flat on my back. My doctors are optimistic and so am I. For the first time, we see daily improvement and I should be on my way home in a few days.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and well wishes. I’ll keep you posted as I have more news.
LIFE IS DRAWING WITHOUT AN ERASER