Our expert says:
None of us have any obligation to feed gossips. He and his wife sound like excessively nosy people. If for technical reasons, Nosy Boss needs to know something about why you are away, get a letter from your doctor saying you need to have an operation for medical reasons, and will need X days off". If they ask form more information that that, you can just say Its Personal and I'd rather not talk about it, just as I respect your privacy about your own health matters. That is NOT a rude thing to say ( though obviously, one could say it rudely ). I like Purple's suggestion that you thank him for his concern, which you so much appreciate, but that you find any discussion of health issues embarassing, and you're sure he will understand if you don't want to talk about it.
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