I've searched google for time frames, but they don't seem to have the information I'm looking for, exactly. I need him to... wait at home for a ridiculous amount of time, and when somebody finally calls the ambulance on him, it's so far gone that he could concievably die. It would be cool if he could stay awake to rant incoherently at the paramedics, though if he'd most likely be passed out from pain by then, that's okay too.
I also want to know if doctors in the 80s would have always taken your appendix out even if it resolved itself without intervention (which happens sometimes, according to Wikipedia).
I'm going to assume that there are going to be big complications with a case like this. How long would the hospital stay be, assuming it's not fatal? (How long would it be if we added in even more complications, namely not waking up from the anesthesia for 6-12 days?) Would the scar from surgery look any different than a standard procedure's? Aaaand how's the prognosis for it--any difficulties? Likelihood of complete recovery? I don't care as much if I have this information or not since all of it (except maybe the shape/place of the cut) would be part of an epilogue rather than the story itself--but it'd be nice to know, I guess.