Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy is in day four of a cold. Day 1: sore throat. Day 2: congested head. Day 3: sneezing. Day 4: coughing. While most of South America is tossing water balloons, wrapping themselves with streamers, and partying late into the night (Carnival celebrations started this past Thursday and last until this coming Tuesday), I find myself in bed nursing this cold.
Last night, I found myself watching the first night’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. All I can say is one word: ouch! All of that white snow and freezing temperatures was so frightening, that I had to cover all of my joints so that they couldn’t see the television screen. (Think: little children at a horror flick.) Then they started showing some preliminary ski jumps. Everytime the skier landed back on the ground, I could not help from feeling a wave of pain pass through my body…just the thought of landing on my feet from that height made me shudder. (Hey, what can I say? Swinging my feet over the side of the bed and dropping them a few inches onto the ground is often painful enough!)
As many of us now know, one arm of the indoor torch/cauldron contraption did not work as expected…leaving the torch bearers to wait and wait as the music played on. Finally, the producers decided to proceed with only three of the four arms. News of this mishap immediately started spreading around the web. Twitter had #torchfail. Articles reported the hydraulic problem. Television commentators started talking about how the “real” cauldron lighting was still to come.
Just when it was most important for everything to function without a hitch, something critical did not want to move into place.
Deep down inside, I chuckled slightly. Living with rheumatoid arthritis, I know this feeling all to well. I have my torch fails on a frequent basis. While they are not broadcast to a worldwide audience, in the end I end up having to do the same that they did in Vancouver last night: accept that it’s not going to work at this moment, and do my best to continue moving forward.
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!