As I talked about in my last post, I have big problems with chronic fatigue and pain. The pain has gotten much easier to deal with over the last few years, but ultimately, it is still an untamed beast, which means it may flare up at any point, for an undetermined severity and length of time. The really bad flare ups are much less frequent these days, but last week I had one very bad day.
I have various medications and tricks to help treat it; heat, cold, stretching, being completely still, etc, but it usually comes down to pain medication. The medication usually makes me quite nauseous if I try and do anything adventurous like sitting up while I’m on it, so a bad pain day usually involves me laying in bed for hours in a darkened room. This can make for a really depressing day, but this one was turned around. How? Because of a little show called
Community; a perfect show. Following the antics and misadventures of the group of friends making up the core cast makes any day great. Geoff and I popped in first season DVD (which we had already seen, as a testament to how much we like the show) and had ourselves a marathon. We’d watch an episode, rewatch it with the commentary on, move on to the next episode and repeat. For hours and hours. It was glorious.
To call the show clever and funny are horrendous understatements, but I don’t have appropriate words to describe it. Sometimes Geoff and I are laughing so hard we have to pause the show, get the giggles out and then move on. But it’s more than just hilarious; it has so much heart. I wish the characters were real, I wish they were my friends, I wish I was a part of their study group. They are so perfectly created and feel so real that sometimes I have to actually remind myself they’re fictional. They are loveable, they try, they fail, they are flawed, they love, they are human.
I am terrified of what will happen next season with Dan Harmon, the show’s creator, very unjustly removed from the show. I look on a season with Dan Harmon as somewhat like Calantha living with someone else. Sure, they would try and feed and care for her, but they wouldn’t love and know her like I do. They couldn’t. (And how long would it take for them to figure out the huge variety of tricks involved with simply getting her to eat?) I will watch with an open mind and a heart filled with hope, but it hardly seems possible for the show to continue on the same level of greatness with it’s heart removed.
But I hope it will remain the same show it’s always been, and continue to grow, shock, and delight. I hope that it will still induce tears of joy, sadness and laughter all in the same episode. I hope it will continue to push the boundaries of television.
And selfishly, I hope it will still be here to help ease me through the worst days of my illness. It takes very strong medicine to lift you out of a pit of pain, and Community is one of the rare birds with the wings to do it.
Fingers hopefully crossed.