Carrie would come into the hospital and every doctor, nurse and respiratory therapist knew she was exaggerating it for attention. What was it this time? Was she fighting with her husband? Was she getting our of some work she didn't want to do? Was she stressed? Regardless, we all knew she was exaggerating.
And, lo and behold, she was admitted with exaggeration of asthma. My publisher preferred the name actor, and so it became actor asthmatics. Thus was the theme for cartoon #7. You can read the accompanying article: "Exaggeration of Asthma."
Carrie would cough, wheeze and frown to get out of unpleasant tasks and make other people feel guilty. It worked, but her poor asthma care also hurt her lungs, permanently. Illustrated by Dash Shaw. Originally published at healthcentral.com/asthma.