Wonderland or not, at the end of the day, John Mayer’s body is just like yours and mine: prone to physical ailments that sometimes need medical attention ASAP. The singer-songwriter was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Dec. 5 to have an emergency appendectomy, a medical procedure to remove his appendix. What’s scary about appendicitis is that it’s not always clear what causes the condition. Still, there are obvious signs of appendicitis to make yourself aware of, so you can get the proper medical attention should you or a loved one ever need to have the surgery.
Mayer’s representatives confirmed to People that Mayer was admitted to the hospital for an emergency procedure the morning of Dec. 5, causing the Dead & Company concert in New Orleans to be postponed until further notice. So for fans moaning and groaning over the delay, consider this Mayer’s doctor’s note. Even if the performer had wanted to put on a show despite the pain, an appendectomy is necessary when you have an appendicitis, according to SELF.
"When we see people who have ruptured, it's generally because they waited and thought they would be fine," Dr. Sanford Vieder, medical director of Lakes Urgent Care in Michigan, told SELF. "But appendicitis doesn't get better.”
Appendicitis happens when the appendix becomes irritated and fills with pus as a result of infection. An even bigger issue than appendicitis itself is that identifying the problem can be tricky because symptoms aren't exactly what I'd call "unique" to the illness. However, it's absolutely vital to your health to at least become better aware of the following red flags, as it could be a life-threatening condition if not properly cared for.