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    Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right

    | Brisbane, Australia |

    (I work in healthcare and am talking to a man in his fifties who is having angina for the first time.)

    Me: “You haven’t had a heart attack, but this pain is probably coming from your heart.”

    Man: “But I’m only 50-something and there are no heart problems in my family. Why would that be?”

    Me: “You smoke 30 a day and drink 2 cartons beer a week. That’s not good for your heart. You should think about cutting down.”

    Man: “I’m sick of you people telling me that bulls***! It’s a scientifically proven fact that smoking makes your arteries smaller, and drinking makes them bigger!¬†If I keep drinking AND smoking, I’ll be fine!”

    Me: “That’s not at all how it works, but I see I’m not going to change your mind. You’ll be going upstairs soon.”

    Man: “I want to go out for a smoke!”

    Me: “That’s really not a good idea…”

    Man: “What would you know?!”

    Me: *gives up*