When it comes to a disease like Rheumatoid Arthritis, there are many uncertainties. In fact, there are more unknowns than there are solid facts, and if you can count on one hand the things you know for sure about your disease then consider yourself lucky. Unfortunately, in the case of my illness and, sadly, many others, there is one hard fact that we all wish we didn’t know.
This article has been something I’ve wanted to write for a while, but the time never felt right. Now, though, I finally have reached my breaking point. There is a very disturbing trend taking place right underneath our noses, and some of us are part of the problem and don’t even know it. It is a practice the government has been engaging in for years now, but our time has seen record numbers participating in this quid pro quo. Everywhere you turn now you can see it happening, or at the very least, spot the result of its influence. I call it the Great American Pay-Off.
Those of you who have been following my work for a while know that I have had prosthetic hips for almost twenty years now. I dislocated the left hip about a month ago (you can read the account here) and had to endure a six-hour trip to the emergency room. Indirectly, the hip incident resulted in the prospect of a new joint replacement ordeal, and the old concerns and fears are cropping up once again.