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djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/5/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
After 15 months being seizure free, I applied for my driving licence a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, the application has not been fully processed yet and I had a seizure this morning. I dont think it was a very bad one, but it may blow my chances of a driving licence. I have emailed the DVLA to see if the exceptional circumstances can be taken into consideration but it is not guaranteed. Im gutted that I made it so far and have fallen at the final hurdle.
 
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sun3837
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   Posted 3/6/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry to hear that Darren, I know the hope that one has when you dont have a fit for a while.
as far as the driving license goes after beeing 12 years siezure free I got a license but I am to scared to drive.
It has to do with my concentrastion. I tried it but e.g didn t see red lights so I gave it up. I dont know whats more frustration not to be allowed to drive because ofthe epilepsy or not to be able to drive because I just can t.
Did you ever have a driving licensens? Mabye you are better off without. Is there public transpoert where you live?
Here the PT is nonexistant so its kidda hard. But I get by.
Well I wish you all the best and hopefully the DVLA will let you drive.
Allthe best and try to be positive.
I beleive things happen for a reason.
Love
sun
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P.S. I really do appologize for any spelling mistakes! (non native English speaker)


djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/7/2008 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a driving licence for 3 years until June 2006 when I had to surrender it. There is public transport where I am but it is very expensive and would be cheaper to have a car / walk. I will hear back from the DVLA next week so I will know more then. It was just a real kick in the teeth for me.

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   Posted 3/9/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Darren,
 
I am so, so sorry to hear your news.  I am hoping they make an exception for you.  Please keep us updated.
 
With love and prayers,
 
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theteddybearcare
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   Posted 3/13/2008 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Darren, 

I am not familiar with your type of seizures as I am only here on this board for the first time this morning :-)    A close friend of mine was able to get something from her dr stateing that it would be ok for her to get her drivers license and the state gave it to her.

 

Good luck!


djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/13/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunately, I am in the UK (not the states) and I saw the doctor yesterday who told me that I would definately have to wait a year before driving again.
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Another Day
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   Posted 3/13/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry Darren.
 
Hugs!
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 3/15/2008 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   

Darren,

I am so sorry and I would jump the pond to drive you around but I would probably be arrested for driving on the wrong side of the road.

You did not need this news but I know how strong you are and I will pray for the time to go by quickly and seizure free.

Hugs sweetie,
Kitt


 
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RanMan
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   Posted 3/18/2008 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Darren,

I know how it feels to have that bit of freedom stripped away and then comming so close to getting it back, however; Maybe this was a blessing in disguise.

What if your seizure happened a few days later while you were behind the wheel.

You're actually lucky that it happened the way it did.

Randy


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pharmgal89
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   Posted 3/18/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Darren,
I am sorry to hear what happened. I agree about there being a reason for all things that happen. I know it stinks, but you know there are worse things in life. I have a girlfriend who is legally blind and can NEVER drive again. I do hope you are feeling well now.
Hugs,
Gail

djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/19/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess I was lucky it happened as it did. I definately believe that everything happens for a reason. I should consider myself lucky, in a years time I can have my licence back... some people are without it for life. Thats perspective for ya
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Zonne
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   Posted 3/21/2008 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Darren,

Just joined this board, but I recently just lost my privilege to drive as well. 2 months ago I had my first seizure in 2 years in my car while I was driving. Lost the ability to drive (again). But, I am just glad that no one was coming down the other direction when I had that seizure. But, it definitely does put things in perspective. I currently walk to work, grocery store, Walmart, etc. I feel for you as I am kind of in the same situation. I am definitely counting down the months (only 6 months seizure free in Georgia needed).

Hope you make it to your goal of 1 year seizure free as well!

Mark

djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/23/2008 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   

How coincental is that!!! We both lost our D/L recently, we both work for the same company (Im in the UK so its under a different name though) and we are both sat counting the months until we can drive again! I hope you make it to 6 months.

Darren


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andrew50
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   Posted 3/26/2008 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   

Just a few crumbs of comfort, Darren, while you're waiting out the next year:

1. You get to feel smug about reducing your carbon footprint

2. You can get a disability railcard knocking a third off your fares. This means train travel in the UK is just ridiculously expensive, rather than absolutely ridiculously expensive

3. You can scrounge lifts from absolutely everyone without feeling guilty.

Andrew


djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/27/2008 3:03 AM (GMT -7)   
lol That made me laugh Andrew... especially the one about reducing your carbon footprint!

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Hooty
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   Posted 3/29/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
So sorry to hear about your maladys Darren. It is a lot tougher to try and get around without your own transportation but I like what was said about maybe it happened for a reason and we all benefit from it because you are still here and we are not hearing about our Mod having a wreck and losing his life or somebody else losing their life. Thank God you are still here and have that natural ability to help other people

Wishing you all a Wonderful day


djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/29/2008 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your kind words!

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leensa
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   Posted 3/31/2008 4:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Darren

Sorry to hear your news about the driving license. Kate is thinking about applying for her own and wants driving lessons so I know how important it is to have your independence! She is champing at the bit and wanting to be behind the wheel yesterday! By the sound of your last post you now have a job with WALMART? Hope they are treating you well! All is ok here and Kate is still siezure free ( almost 2 years now) despite testing her medication with too many late nights and occasional excesses of alcohol! All the best Darren. Hope things work out with the driving. Gill J


djdaz_1985
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   Posted 4/1/2008 2:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Gill,

Its great to hear from you again!!! I am glad that Kate is doing well and is now able to think about driving. I have tested my medications before in the same way (although not for a couple of years now mind you!) I have worked there for nearly 5 years now, although we dont call it Walmart here in the UK, its ASDA!

Great to hear from you again!

Darren


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