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ScottRC reporting for duty from sick call
Posted by scottrc on Friday, November 20, 2020 9:13 AM

Hi modeling buddies,

I have been out of modeling, and just about everything else. and needed to give an update, and get some things off my mind.  I contracted Covid in mid-October and didn't get sick other than some sinus conjestion and headache.  Not even a fever.  But since then I have lost my sense of balance and couldn't sit at the bench without gettting woosy and falling over.  Then I would loose my concentration and short term memory. All skills I need when working on a 1/700 ship.  Bed spins would be so bad that I couldn't sleep.  After weeks of tests, monitoring, and a drug to make me feel funky to the point I just wanted to sit in a chair and listen to Pink Floyd while staring at the wall, most of the vertigo has subsided and I think I am in the mind to start back up.  Still not 100%, then again, sounds like anyone who had had Covid won't be 100% for a long time. The verdict is that the virus may have attacked and caused swelling in my inner ear.  We are also worried that it may have caused swelling of my arteries as well. I never had high blood pressure, but I do now.  

I think the biggest problem is my lack of interest and self esteem.  It just seems that anything I like to do or is interesting is now taken away or "off-limits" due to the condition or limits placed on Covid.  I think this form of depression is also an after effect of this dang virus and I have been looking at joining a support group of those who are also experiencing this feeling.   

Having some tragic losses of a close friend and family member lately due to cancer didn't help.  Due to covid, I was not able to see them.  Another ding to the old emotions.

I hope to get the ambition to get back to modeling.  I ask everyone to stay safe and try not to get this bug.  Even if you never feel sick, it seems to creep into some area of your body and start changing things when you least expect it.  If you are exposed, the best advice is to just isolate for the 14 days, don't worry about being tested until you feel symptoms, because the bug probably wont show up in a test while its incubating, which has been pretty much proven to be anytime within 14 days.   


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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, November 20, 2020 9:30 AM

Oh my gosh Scott Surprise I hope everything is alright with the family. I know what you mean about getting your *** back. I didn't feel like touching anything plastic for about 3 months after my double lung transplant. The shakes, pain and everything else envolved kept me away from the bench. The spins must really be anoying and nauseating Ick! One of the reasons I stoped partaking in adult beverages Toast

I hope you get back on track soon and I'm praying for you my old friend.

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, November 20, 2020 9:30 AM

Sorry to hear that Scott.  Sounds like you're on the mend though. 

The good thing about hobbies is they are just that, hobbies.  I've have many, many hobbies and I tend to cycle over them.  My current multi-year focus has been back on scale modeling.  Before that I was drag racing and tracking my cars.  Before that RC stuff, boating, fishing... on and on it goes.  The hobby will always be there when you're ready.  Though I do feel bad about have two borderline race cars in the garage gathering dust ;)



Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, November 20, 2020 9:54 AM

Scott, I'm very happy that you are up and running. This was an extremely well written post that I've shared with a number of people. It brought my wife to tears.

The long term effects represent a great unknown, esp for us older folks. Lots of studies to follow.

Take it slowly and watch the instability. 


Modeling is an excuse to buy books


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Posted by gregbale on Friday, November 20, 2020 10:02 AM

Scott, glad to hear you're on the mend! Go easy, don't push it, it takes more time than we ever expect to heal at the best of times...much less in the crazy situation we're all dealing with now.

I'm not a doctor...I don't even play one on TV...but I had ridiculously similar after-effects after a perilous bout with meningitis some years ago, and I'll pass along what no less than 2 doctors told me, and that really seemed to help.

Try to get as much natural sunlight as you can. Not an easy thing, to be sure, when the weather is turning cold, but worth the trouble. Apparently the natural UV goes a long way toward helping your system 'reset' it really helps with plain old attitude.

I'm not a new-age tree-hugger sort, by any means...but I was shocked by how helpful it seemed to be in lessening those symptoms.

In any event, hope you're happily back at the bench as soon as possible...and, more importantly, that you and yours are healthy and safe.



 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, November 20, 2020 12:02 PM

I hope you get well soon .




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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, November 20, 2020 1:45 PM

Sounds like you're on the mend and moving about. That's the good news!


God, Family, Models...

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On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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Posted by fox on Friday, November 20, 2020 3:43 PM

Wow! You really had a battle going there. Glad your on the trail to recovery. Sounds like you have a good plan. Hang in there.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

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   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

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Posted by Dodgy on Saturday, November 21, 2020 3:50 AM

Hi Cobber. I was very sorry to read your post, but it seems like you are on the mend. So far my wife and I have managed to avoid contracting this thing, but they have just opened up the state, (Victoria, Australia), and now people are pouring into the country areas, so who knows? We hope your health keeps improving and that your family is safe. All the very best mate.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, November 21, 2020 4:31 AM
Scott its good to hear your getting better. One day at a time. Don't force yourself. Do what you want when you want. Stay well


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Posted by mach71 on Saturday, November 21, 2020 7:07 AM

Sorry to hear about this Scott.


As everyone has said, hang in there, take care of yourself, get better.


COVID sucks, I hope you make a complete recovery.

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Posted by GreySnake on Saturday, November 21, 2020 7:43 AM
Speaking as someone who had Covid-19, I experienced side effects from it long after it passed. It took me over a month to start feeling somewhat normal from when I started feeling ill. I had trouble with my short term memory and concentration. It took a lot of effort just to sit down and even write a post on this forum. Of course sitting down to work on a model became a colossal effort not being able to concentrate. Also had a pretty difficult time doing calculations such multiplication in my head something I’d been god at before.
What I ended up doing was challenging myself to sharpen my mind. Ended up teaching myself to bake bread to the point now I can do it without a recipe and remember the correct ratios, something I wouldn’t have been able to do a few months ago. I’d also take about thirty minutes a day and devote the time to reading a book which seemed to help with my concentration and memory. My wife knew I’d been having memory problems along with just speaking so she kindly listened to me while I’d talk about some historical topic or another that I’d read about that day and that really helped me out with my memory and speaking.
I’m feeling pretty much back to normal now and my mind finally feels sharp again. I do have one lasting side effect from Covid it seems where I have trouble breathing in a mask now. Prior to catching it masks weren’t an issue for me at all. Now after about fifteen minutes I start feeling very light headed I’d be delighted if that side effect went away.
I hope you continue to improve.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:23 AM


     Scott, my heart goes out to you. I have had three friends go into Quarintine. All came out with stuff like you describe. Thank God You are still with us.

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Posted by Greg on Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:51 AM

I hope you feel better soon, Scott.


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Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, November 21, 2020 9:45 AM

I'm terribly sorry to hear about your virus experiences, Scott.  I hope and pray you'll overcome everything and get back to ship building.  Your work is always exceptional.  Best wishes for a full recovery!





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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, November 21, 2020 10:47 PM
I'm wishing you well. I'm kind of in the same boat with my wife's stroke and no one being able to see her. I find it best to just start knocking out a simple, quick and easy kit. Watch a movie to get some inspiration.
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Posted by ajlafleche on Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:37 AM

Scott, sorry to hear about your plight. This is the under reported side of Covid. Yes, a quarter million (and counting) deaths is terribel, but the folks, like you, who are debilitated long term are a major issue, too, and show us we NEED to wear mask, social distance, stay out of crowds, etc. We'll never get out of this if we don't take careof ourselves and others. We are our brothers and sisters keepers. 

As to your depression, plpease consider a therapist. A good licensed clinical socia worker can do a great deal to hep you cope and suggest strategies to deal with the dark emotions. Trust me, been there done that. 

Good luck and be well. 


Remember, if the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, November 23, 2020 6:41 AM

sorry to hear about you catching this terrible thing. I wish you a speedy recovery so hang in there. I’m getting the vaccine as soon as it’s available.




Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by scottrc on Monday, November 23, 2020 7:58 AM

Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart for all your responses.  Being the time of year, it feels like I am on the far side of the world, or depending on if I'm listening to Pink Floyd,  the dark side of the moon.  It made my day this morning to log in to read them all. 

You guys understand it is normal to go into a room and seclude ourselves in our hobby, but others near to me fear its me withdrawing into depression. That is not the case.  What is my probelm is spending a day at work having to tripple check everything I do in order to catch a rudimentary mistake that could cost thousands of dollars.  That brings the ol stress level up higher and is not helping my blood pressure issue. I spent a good amount of time this weekend at my bench and find that Model building helps with the congnitive re-learing process that we are encountering due to this "brain fog" side effect.  I was assembling a complete wheel house in 1/700 scale and its taken most of morning to attach the wheel and compass.  I remind myself constantly of the old saying "The Ox is slow, but the World is patient".

I also have found a local support group that I will be joining today.

Again, an implore everyone to wear their mask and hopefully reduce your chances of catching this bug.  On the outside, I feel fine, on the inside, its like the squirrels in my head can't find where they burried the nuts.

Best reagards,


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Posted by Gunny Dan on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:34 PM
Scott, So glad you are on the mend. I too have suffered from the light headedness and woozy feeling for a few weeks now, and sitting at my bench has absolutely helped me out. Very frustrating for sure as it takes me a long time to work on the model, and do very simple tasks with out the room spinning. As an aircraft mechanic/restorer working on our A6M3 Zero, I have taken a very cautious approach and have my work triple checked daily. There is only five of us here at the project, and we stay apart, and were masks. Not worth the risk. Thank you for your candidness here. Helped me a lot to see someone else with this "fog", wozzyness. Stay safe, stay modeling! r/Gunny Dan

GySgt Daniel Hammer


1/48th scale WWII-present modeler



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