Is there such a thing as minor appendicitis surgery o
October 4, 2012 7:38 PM Subscribe
Is there such a thing as minor appendicitis surgery or am I going to be calling 911 for a student in the middle of a midterm tomorrow?
posted by lesbiassparrow to health & fitness (25 answers total)
I have a student who emailed me an assignment they said they couldn't hand in in person because they were in hospital with appendicitis. They had surgery, were released this morning and claim they will have no problem turning up for the midterm for the class tomorrow. As far as I am aware this is a bad, bad, bad idea of badness which will probably result in me calling 911 as they slump to the floor in agony. I told them not to come, but they insist that they'll be fine as it was only minor surgery with a tiny incision. Is this possible? If it's not, how on earth can I convince them not to show up? I'm phoning the advising office for undergraduates tomorrow to see what they might be able to do, but other than emailing to them that this is a terrible idea and they should not do this because it will harm their health (as I've done) I don't know what else to do. (There would be no consequences for them not showing up other than they'd have to take the exam at another time; it they had to be out for a long chunk of time, I'd waive that and have them just take the final.)
(It's, I guess, possible they're lying, but they'd gain so little by the lie - emailing an assignment rather than handing it in - and it's such an obviously difficult surgery and they'd need to give me documentation that I find it hard to believe it's a lie.)