I think if someone were going to develop a catch phrase for me, while I would prefer something zippier, it would probably be, “Will you open this for me?” Because, with RA, I say this all the time.
Early on, I didn’t have a diagnosis yet. My brother was in the hospital’s ICU, and I only had limited times to switch off with family members eating in the cafeteria. (I know I just threw in my brother there and you don’t yet have my story and his story yet, but you will.) I didn’t have anybody around and my fingers were doing their impression of the Michelin tire man. Getting a grip on anything was painful and totally impossible.
It’s times like this, which make you reliant upon the kindness of strangers. Luckily, I live in a town with incredibly kind and helpful people. Water, juice, or whatever bottle I needed to open would be no problem and they seemed genuinely happy to help. I usually chose someone who didn’t seem too involved in a conversation or too deeply involved in reading.
However, as time went on I just didn’t want to have to do this everywhere I went. I didn’t want to accost people at every place I ate, or every theater I went to. I wanted to gain at least a little independence.
And so, this little tool came into my life. Behold the Jokari 3-in-1 beverage opener.
I got one first to try at home. It worked so well that I left it at home and got another that I carry it around in my purse. I probably can’t take it on flights because they probably consider it a weapon. I don’t know for sure. Regardless, when I’m out with friends and get a water at the movie theater, or a San Pellegrino in a restaurant, I can absolutely open it myself.
Score one for independence!