One moment life is fantastic and you've got a happy family and the dream job, and the next moment you're in hospital and gradually losing the ability to walk - or do anything to be honest...
But after 4 bad hospitals and as many useless surgeons I found the right one and I've been walking unsupported for the last 12 months!!! I need more surgery to repair my lower spine but I've now got hope and some sort of life back. I don't dwell on things that has happened. I try to look forward and be happy for the positive things I do have in life - like my two boys who are getting older, as they do!
I had to quit working even though I tried for three years - with my wheelchair, but as I was only getting worse I couldn't guarantee that I was turning up the next day and that wasn't great when you're a technical manager at a major company developing mobile phones - so I had to bite the bullet in the end and retire. I'm a creative type of guy that have been used to have 10+ projects running at the same time at any given point in life, and retire on medical grounds and just eat morphine and sleep most of the day wasn't great for my head exactly... During summers I'm in less pain due to the warmer weather but I've lost most of my drive doing things so rediscovering scale models again was the best that could happen me at this point in life because it's creative, it exercises the brain and you get to learn new stuff! I can spend as much time as I want building and tinkering so some days I'm quite productive - especially at night when I can't sleep due to pain. I build models instead and it's a nice change for sure!
I am using acrylic paints but during my first tests I found cellulose thinner working much better than water or the commercially available "non-toxic" thinners. Perhaps I should try one of those again? One huge benefit with cellulose thinner is that the paint dries really quick so you can add the next layer 5 minutes later, if you want to. Sleeping in the fumes afterwards is not as fun though...
I can't decide whether to get the airbrush and the paints out right now or to try to get some sleep? I'm sleeping much better lately - and NOT due to the thinner - but because I'm happy at the moment for finding a new hobby where you can "geek out" as much as you want in order to find details etc, or to recreate something historical. Like I said - great therapy!
Thanks for your kind comments!!!
6. July 2017 at 20:33:50