Talk:2147: Appendicitis

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started a very brief explanation. I'm unsure what actual medical procedure the "salting of the abdomen" is supposed to refer to.Bischoff (talk) 17:16, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

probably refers to this: Salting the earth. 17:23, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

I suspect it refers to the saline lavage at the end of the surgery - isotonic saline is used to wash out any remnants of pus that might cause a new infection. 09:46, 11 May 2019 (UTC) Not a medical expert, but could this be cancer? “That Guy from the Netherlands” (talk) 18:14, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

my guess is appendicitis (as that is the title of the comic). 18:28, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

Randall was supposed to appear at an Adam Savage book release event Tuesday night, but the host reported he was in the hospital recovering from Appendicitis, so I amended the comment about the possibility to make it certain. MAP (talk) 19:41, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

Is this reported somewhere, like in the news or on Twitter? 19:54, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
Do you know where was this reported? I've searched for it but I haven't found it yet. If you have the link I can add it to the explanation. Herobrine (talk) 20:39, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
It was announced on stage at the book signing (and I was really looking forward to Randall and Adam interacting), but I don't know anywhere else it may have showed up.MAP (talk) 06:26, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
I think the fact that Randall had just undergone (and fully recovered from) appendicitis is relevant to the appearance of this comic and think we should really put that detail back. The simple fact that Randall isn't enough of a celebrity for it to be reported elsewhere shouldn't force us not to report it here, where Randall _is_ relevant. MAP (talk) 22:02, 16 May 2019 (UTC)
The issue here is that the text was added in a way that seems like it was rumor. The verifiability standards on explainxkcd are (presumably) less strict than WP:BLP, but it seems like you should source it to something, if only your own personal statement that you were there and Adam Savage orally made the claim, or whatnot. JohnHawkinson (talk) 12:59, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

"Zapped you with energy beams" sounds like it's referring to X-rays, rather than MRI. 20:17, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

Close, contrast CT is more common for diagnosing acute appendicitis, which is basically X-rays, but more of them 04:30, 9 May 2019 (UTC)
Also sure it is not a reference to MRI but to x-rays, probably in the form of a CT. It does not fit with energy beam, putting the patient in a magenetic field and using radio frequencies... I will correct this. --Kynde (talk) 13:00, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

This is a little weird to me. Five years ago a bout of appendicitis led to a cancer diagnosis for me. There was, indeed, a sword, biological and chemical weapons and a salting of my interior to prevent further growth. I hope Randall is okay. KevinLeeC (talk) 20:20, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

Appendicitis is not linked to cancer, but when you open a patient up, there is the chance the doctors discovers a so far unnoticed cancer. I do not think this is the case here, and also since he makes this comic already he cannot be really bad off. But appendicitis is serious enough. --Kynde (talk) 13:00, 9 May 2019 (UTC)
That must be fun - going from a highly dangerous but well understood ailment to a remarkably more lethal and less understood one. Still, better sooner than later.

I thought the title text referenced Randall mocking his internal organs in the comic. That's right, Jacky720 just signed this (talk | contribs) 21:08, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

Ponytail has appeared in several comics as a doctor, should we add a corresponding category? Maybe a "Doctor Ponytail" or "Doctors" category. Herobrine (talk) 06:18, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

I think it is enough to have it mentioned in the ponytail page? --Kynde (talk) 13:00, 9 May 2019 (UTC)


Is there a subtle joke contained herein in that Dr. Ponytail has no appendages that don't appear as hooks? Or am I reading too much in to the discrepancy between her coat and hands as Randall just draws stick figures anyway? -- (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I think it's just Randall's standard stick figures, although I think Ponytail is making fists in panels 2 and 3, and raising a single finger in the last panel. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 15:51, 9 May 2019 (UTC)
Yeah, just fists.