Friend of mine was planning on going to the World Science Fiction convention this week, it being held down under in Melbourne, Victoria. All set up to go, but he started feeling poorly last week. He skipped an outing with his wife and stepson, and when they got home, she realized he was really not doing well at all, so off to the ER ...
Turned out it was appendicitis, and out came the scalpel.
He is a somewhat stoic fellow, and it wouldn't have surprised me at all if he had tried to push through the pain and get on the jet, because he always goes to Worldcon. And if he had done so, there's a pretty good chance his appendix could have blown out at thirty thousand feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, and that would have been ... bad.
Bad enough that he even missed class this week.
Get well soon, Edwin.