One lesson that life teaches is that the future is unpredictable. Surprises wait around each bend in the road. A chronic disease like RA is one of the big bends in the road but the disease itself brings about many smaller life changes. Last November, it was a third ankle surgery for RA-caused bone erosion and tendon damage that brought about adjustments. At that time, the possibility of a chronic sinus infection was nowhere on the horizon. But now here I sit recovering from sinus surgery. I did not predict that scenario.
In spite of the unpredictability of RA, questions about the future naturally pop up. Below are some questions I have related to the future and RA…
What medical issue will raise its head next?
Will Orencia and Arava continue to impact RA symptoms?
Will I need knee replacement some day since cartilage damage already exists?
Given recent pain, popping, and limited movement, will I get a steroid injection in my shoulder as recently suggested by my rheumatologist?
What will happen to my house and yard as I become less able to care for it?
How will work be affected?
Will I have to eventually apply for disability?
Will my wife have to work full time?
How will health insurance coverage change?
But these questions aren’t much different than any of life’s questions. Preparing for these questions and any possible answers may make me more able to address the issues if/when they come. But most of the time, the right questions aren’t even asked. All one can do is take the path laid before you, expect some surprises, and trust God to work out the details.
What new RA adventure waits down life’s path? I can’t predict. But it will probably be something completely unexpected!