As a plot point for a story I’m writing, I need one of my characters to have been in the hospital with the very real fear that she might die. I would prefer this to be due to an illness, not an injury. I would also prefer that it be something curable, not just treatable, so cancer and HIV/AIDS are out. I am looking for suggestions of just what might have put her in such a condition.
Some facts which may be useful:
-This character is a 22-year old British woman. She lives in modern-day central London and frequents London’s nightclub scene (she is a DJ and musician herself).
-She is well-traveled, mostly due to touring with her band.
-She has the bad habit of not being particularly attentive to her everyday needs–sometimes she will forget to eat for a day or two because she’s too busy. Because of this, the other person I asked for advice on this plot point suggested blood poisoning, but a bit of research I’ve done suggests that blood poisoning due to neglected injuries is rare.
Thanks for any help and apologies if this is in the wrong forum.