Imagine that you are 23 years old.
You are also a ‘brittle’ asthmatic. This means that you can have asthma attacks that can rapidly progress to life-threatening status. You have been intubated in ITU a couple of times – this is a last ditch treatment to keep you alive.
So why, whenever you get taken to hospital, would you treat your disease as a mere annoyance?
Also – why would you smoke 20–40 cigarettes a day, knowing that it will make your asthma worse?
And why would you self-discharge yourself from the resuscitation room against medical advice only to require a blue-light return straight back to the resuscitation room?
It’s just a form of slow suicide…