a.k.a. Why do good things happen to bad people.
Over the past few weeks, a common pattern seems to be emerging - often young, previously healthy patients with wives/husbands, young families, and who are working and contributing to society* are getting very sick, and or dying, whilst chronic alcoholic, IVDU's end up recovering from their alcoholic encephalopathy, seizures, and coronary events*.
*the above are composites of different patients.
It seems unfair that people who were doing good, and are only a little older than myself are dying, despoite all the treatment we can offer, and yet people who are on their second or third ICU visit are recovering, but not reforming and going back out to continue their downward spiral.
I am not suggesting that some lives are more important than others, but there does seem a fundermental unfairness about the fact that those who contribute to society are the ones to die, and those who sponge/take from socety are the ones who survive.
As one doctor put it today "those with a rough paper-round have just become so tough that it takes more than a bit of alcohol and an MI to kill them".