When you hear acute and chronic what are the first things that come to mind?
|I just wish we could've had an acute Dr. Dre!|
Quite simply. acute means short-term and chronic mean long-term in the medical world.
An acute illness would be one that ends after a while. The flu or a cold are great examples. Breaking your leg or similar things are more long-term but still considered acute for the most part.
A chronic illness is one that is recurrent or long-term - essentially a life-long illness. Juvenile arthritis and Still's disease are examples of this.
Some people lump certain types of cancers in with long-term or chronic illness, like breast cancer. This is definitely fine I think. On the other hand, some people lump some chronic illnesses like Still's in with terminal illness. While it is likely that my disease will kill me in one way or another, I prefer not to look at it like this.
Arthur, to me, is a lifelong friend. I know that sounds odd, but it is what it is. He's dealing with me, which isn't easy either.