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Emergency Appendectomy

To all of this blog’s faithful readers:

Michael had an emergency appendectomy yesterday that his wife, Janet, has described to me as “hairy.” So he’s currently in the hospital, prognosis good, but not expecting to be back up on his feet for a while.

I will be out of computer range for the next 2 plus days, but will get back on Sunday night to give you an update on Michael’s condition and continue our communal efforts to get the Democrats’ act together. 

Posted by on 05/20 at 08:17 AM
  1. I’ll bet he wasn’t so hairy after the operation.  Jah speed you to a fully recovery, Michael.  We miss you.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  09:32 AM
  2. Janet, Michael, get the hell out of there.  Soon.

    Posted by Doghouse Riley  on  05/20  at  10:13 AM
  3. Get Well Soon Mike

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  10:21 AM
  4. Yes, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    Posted by Caleb  on  05/20  at  10:35 AM
  5. Please send all our best wishes, poor fellow!

    Posted by llhinkle  on  05/20  at  10:35 AM
  6. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Michael!

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  10:36 AM
  7. Get well soon Michael! Is this how you finally get some time off?

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  10:38 AM
  8. Get well, very soon!

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  10:39 AM
  9. Hope it heals up fast, Michael!  You’ll be back out on the ice firing off wristers before you know it…

    Posted by Marita  on  05/20  at  10:58 AM
  10. Best wishes!  Get well soon.

    Posted by Amanda Marcotte  on  05/20  at  11:08 AM
  11. Wow. The right wing is even more powerful than I THOUGHT. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    Posted by Elise  on  05/20  at  11:10 AM
  12. Get well quick Michael.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  11:13 AM
  13. All the best. Get well soon.

    Posted by Steven Hart  on  05/20  at  11:21 AM
  14. Get well Michael.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  11:39 AM
  15. Hey, I had one of those appendectomies once...when I was 9. To help pass the time while I was stuck in bed, my family got me the whole set of Aurora movie monster models. It almost made me happy to have almost died from a ruptured appendix.

    I recommend it. It would keep him away from the computer and the papers for at least a little while.

    Posted by PZ Myers  on  05/20  at  11:39 AM
  16. Get better soon—we need your good work

    Posted by Jim Shirk  on  05/20  at  11:48 AM
  17. Sounds like Janet should have found a better hospital. Usually internal organs such as the appendix aren’t ‘hairy.’ Perhaps a second opinion would have been in order?

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  11:57 AM
  18. We all missed him at the dinner in his honor last night!  He should be getting a spiffy get-well card we all signed…

    Posted by Elayne Riggs  on  05/20  at  12:00 PM
  19. Yeow.  Rest up, Michael, and stay away from all D. Ho articles as well as anything deliberately funny.  We don’t want the stitches coming undone.

    Posted by Sherman Dorn  on  05/20  at  01:16 PM
  20. Maybe the docs tried to get his End Notes along with his Appendix?

    Be well soon, Michael!

    Posted by George  on  05/20  at  01:34 PM
  21. Can the doctors take out his conscience and sense of humor while they are at it?  The National Review could use some new blood....

    Get Well Soon!

    Posted by Konczal  on  05/20  at  01:55 PM
  22. Get well soon Michael. We’ll be here.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  02:12 PM
  23. Best wishes - get well soon

    Posted by Patrick ONeill  on  05/20  at  02:14 PM
  24. Best wishes for a quick recovery, Michael.  Hope they left your sense of humor intact.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  02:21 PM
  25. May you get back up on your hind legs very soon! And just in case Elise’s right, stay away from Republicans.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  02:30 PM
  26. Yup, happened to me at age 9, too.  Had to be evacuated in a single-engine bush plane, from Chefornak, Alaska (population ca. 120) to the tiny hospital in Bethel.  They allowed me nothing but jello and tea for five days post-op; I hope that regimen’s no longer prescribed, Michael.

    Speedy rebounds!  We look forward to your tale of this hirsute ordeal, so hang in there.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  02:36 PM
  27. Jeez. Now I’ll never get my margarita! And D. Ho will have all the proof he needs that those darn liberal professors will do anything to get a day off!

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Michael.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  02:46 PM
  28. Your jillions of bandwidth-sucking readers are all pulling for you and wishing for a speedy recovery.

    Posted by Matt  on  05/20  at  02:58 PM
  29. Best wishes on a speedy and complete recovery Michael.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  03:00 PM
  30. Best wishes for a quick recovery, and I hope the pain medication doesn’t dull your snarkiness.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  03:19 PM
  31. While yer in there, why not see if they can rid you of those persistent bags under yer eyes.


    Posted by Roxanne  on  05/20  at  03:44 PM
  32. They will tell you it takes ten days to really get past the worst of the pain each time you move the tiniest bit (for some reason they never give you enough pain killers).  You won’t believe them.  They will be right!.  Stay down, get rest, let people really help you, and you will be fine. 

    For your sake i look forward to not reading you here online for a few weeks.  Get well, get back in shape, and smile.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  03:49 PM
  33. Your irrepressible humor and good cheer will get you and yours through this!  Wishing you well.

    Posted by DK  on  05/20  at  04:04 PM
  34. Hey, Michael, sounds like you need to stop watching right-wing cable. Take care of yourself--we look forward to having you back at full strength.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  04:06 PM
  35. Get well soon, Michael! I’m a huge fan and every day without your (and Janet’s) wit and wisdom blessing this page is a dark one for us all!

    Posted by mat  on  05/20  at  04:07 PM
  36. Get well soon, Michael!

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  04:08 PM
  37. Sounds unpleasant. I hope it gets less so, and soon.

    Posted by djw  on  05/20  at  04:40 PM
  38. Yipe.  Get well, soon.

    Posted by Doctor Memory  on  05/20  at  04:41 PM
  39. Best of luck.  You’ll be OK before those who love you will be.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  05:08 PM
  40. Best 2U.

    Posted by The Heretik  on  05/20  at  05:16 PM
  41. Michael,

    I’m coming out of lurking mode to wish you good luck and a speedy recovery. 

    All the best to you and yours.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  06:03 PM
  42. Will the appendix show up on discoverthenetwork.org? Is what I’m wondering.

    Well, anyway, get well soon.

    Posted by corpuscle  on  05/20  at  06:15 PM
  43. Sorry to hear. Hospitals, ugh.

    Hope you’re back in fighting form soon.

    Posted by Kathy  on  05/20  at  06:47 PM
  44. Oh how weak the mortal frame....

    Best of luck Michael and Janet and the boys.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  07:47 PM
  45. No doubt your $900k a year job pays you millions of dollars in workers comp for this appendectomy. And to think that D.Ho has to self-insure!

    Get well soon, Michael!  Neo-bolshevism needs you!

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  08:08 PM
  46. Is that the one where you get to eat all the ice cream you want?

    Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery and lots of mint chip goodness.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  08:11 PM
  47. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    Posted by Chuck  on  05/20  at  09:01 PM
  48. Wow! I’m the same age and I had mine out at 5. Can’t imagine what it would be like now.

    Take get care, and get better.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  09:41 PM
  49. I’m with Spyder. Michael, get well, and take the time to do so.

    Posted by Lee  on  05/20  at  10:24 PM
  50. Ouch, I had one of those few years ago, At Mt Nittany too.
    I was not impressed with the ER…
    Took a long time to recover. And it is very painful.
    No laptops!!!

    Posted by Steinn Sigurdsson  on  05/20  at  11:43 PM
  51. Best wishes to Michael and family.

    Posted by  on  05/20  at  11:48 PM
  52. Please say “It only hurts when I laugh.” Then, I’ll know you’re OK.

    Get better soon.

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  12:13 AM
  53. Hey Michael -
    I’ve been told by medical people that once you get past the age of 40, the chances of having problems with your appendix go down like, a thousandfold. So you really beat the odds!
    Why didn’t you just buy a lottery ticket instead?
    (Silly Yankee fan).

    Sending you psychic “get well” hugs from Northern CA: the place that does them best!

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  12:40 AM
  54. I’m reliably informed that Prof. Berube had three times the appendectomy of David Horowitz.

    Posted by Patrick Nielsen Hayden  on  05/21  at  12:43 AM
  55. I’m reliably informed that Prof. Berube had three times the appendectomy of David Horowitz.

    And his appendix was only taut for six hours a week!

    It’s too bad you didn’t come on my hike with me last week, Michael: you could have added a thrilling Grand Canyon helicopter evac to your story. Hope you’re feeling better.

    Posted by Chris Clarke  on  05/21  at  12:55 AM
  56. Try not to laugh. I.E., do not read your blog, your blog comments, or the dinner menu while you recover.

    Get well. We need your voice out here in the wasteland.

    Posted by KathyF  on  05/21  at  04:15 AM
  57. Speedy recovery - you are missed (tho, hey, a little enforced vacation can’t hurt, tender as you may be).

    Posted by grishaxxx  on  05/21  at  08:34 AM
  58. Get well soon! We really miss you.

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  09:15 AM
  59. Good wishes, quick recovery.  And definitely, ice cream for medicinal purposes.  Or, y’know, single malt liquor or something.  Feel better.

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  10:19 AM
  60. Best wishes for a speedy and painfree recovery!

    Posted by fiat lux  on  05/21  at  10:50 AM
  61. wow--- here’s more hopes for a quick recovery!

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  10:54 AM
  62. Heed Mother Nature’s message well!  Take a nice long rest.  We’ll wait for you while looking foward to your return.  The best!

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  10:59 AM
  63. Best wishes and get well soon!

    Posted by doink  on  05/21  at  11:42 AM
  64. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    Posted by Anupam  on  05/21  at  11:52 AM
  65. Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery, Michael!  Come back soon, but only when you’ve had a chance to bounce back from the surgery.

    Boy, I bet this really screws up your class schedule, huh?

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  11:56 AM
  66. And Corpuscle’s right!  Horowitz needs to add a link on discoverthenetwork.org to Michael’s insidious appendix.

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  11:59 AM
  67. I will look for your appendix on eBay; rumor says that it has an unusual hockey-stick shape.

    Get well quickly!

    Posted by Ereshkigal  on  05/21  at  12:15 PM
  68. Get well quickly, Michael.

    Posted by Sean  on  05/21  at  12:53 PM
  69. Michael,
    We have a child with Down syndrome, and I have read most of _Life As We Know It_ (skimmed the wrong-headed section on pro-choice politics). I appreciate your advocacy for your son and for people with disabilities. I appreciate you and your contribution, and wish you a speedy recovery.

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  01:31 PM
  70. Get well soon, Maestro Berubé.  Academia needs you!

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  01:54 PM
  71. Best wishes to Michael for a speedy recovery!

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  08:06 PM
  72. Get well.  See you both in two and two!

    Posted by DocMara  on  05/21  at  08:23 PM
  73. Nice going.  You waited for the end of hockey season.

    Hang in there (though I know you will).

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  09:35 PM
  74. Best wishes for a quick recovery and trip home:
    And here’s hoping you have something other than Fox News to watch while you’re waiting

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  10:23 PM
  75. just one more voice saying get well soon.  Take the time you need to rest up.

    Posted by  on  05/21  at  10:40 PM
  76. Now D Ho will have irrefutable evidence that you have internalized socialism. An inlammed appendic is red, is it not?

    Have as speedy and painless as you can manage. We need you to back being a pain in the Right’s right side.

    Posted by handdrummer  on  05/21  at  11:34 PM
  77. and why is this entire episode not being live-blogged? someone at The O’Berube O’Factor really needs be dressed down for this missed opportunity. this is ratings gold; instead you lay there hemorrhaging some serious blogshare. i just hope to god that when you regain your senses youll remember to milk the recovery for all its worth. it wont be as sexy as the blood and guts stuff but (redacted) it still plays well in peoria.

    Posted by  on  05/22  at  11:07 AM
  78. Jello and broth for a week, yum! Get well quick, Michael.

    Posted by  on  05/22  at  01:14 PM
  79. Get well soon, Michael.

    Posted by  on  05/22  at  01:34 PM
  80. I had mine out around 9 or 10 also.  Don’t remember a whole lot about it - the kid in the bed next to me was way sicker, and I got out of school (score!).

    Hey! Get off your dead ass and blog this!!

    Hope you’re feeling better soon!

    Posted by Ms Not Together  on  05/22  at  01:52 PM
  81. Get well soon! The appendix--more proof that design aint so intelligent.

    Posted by  on  05/22  at  04:58 PM
  82. Best wishes!

    (you’da thought that the Focus on the Family camp should have had *some* sort of faith-healing immunization effect....)

    Posted by  on  05/23  at  05:10 PM
  83. Sick? Ick! Get well quick!

    Is this just a ploy to increase your bandwith usage?

    Posted by  on  05/23  at  10:45 PM
  84. Hey Michael!
    I just got back into town today only to discover your plight. Hope you get better and are up and around soon!

    Posted by  on  05/24  at  12:40 PM





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