For those of you who are interested, here's a little summary of the last few days:
Several times late last week Jarrod (my bro) didn't feel so great; said he had a sore stomach. Since that sort of thing usually sorts itself out with time, we didn't think much of it.
Monday morning 2:30 or so he woke up in a lot of pain. Dad thought he needed to go to the hospital and because he could hardly move with the pain, an ambulance was called. Appendicitis was the suspected trouble, and Jarrod was taken to Starship hospital for tests.
About midday (I think) on Monday his appendix was removed; it turned out to be infected rather than ruptured but still couldn't stay. Although he took longer to regain consciousness than expected, everything went smoothly. He stayed in for two nights and was discharged this morning. For the next few weeks he'll be taking things easy and enjoying special treatment, no doubt!