Am I really not allowed to drive????

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jesimae
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   Posted 1/14/2011 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Does the doc mean it when he says I can't drive? Is that like saying take an aspirin and call me in the morning or will I go to jail or something? He said at least 3 months. What? I have kids! My husband works. Getting the kids where they're supposed to be is MY JOB!!! Ugh!
 
 
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RanMan
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   Posted 1/16/2011 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
jesimae,
 
 
I went 23 yrs seizure free and I was of the strong opinion that if I were to have an "aura" or get that feeling just before a grande-mal while I was driving, I would be able to pull over in plenty of time, but since found out that it's like playing Russian Roulette, I was fooling myself. I had a minor incident in a parking lot and as a result, I had my licence suspended.I still drove for 2 yrs but I was just lucky that nothing happened. After driving my whole adult life and then having my licence stripped away, I felt like part of my freedom was taken away. It could happen at ANY time and you won't have time to pull over. So again I ask you is it worth the gamble?

Here's just one of many examples,
Did you hear about the lady in Florida that had a siezure while driving and her licence was under suspention for medical reasons?

She drove her SUV through a school bus drop off area and hit some kids. (not sure how many were killed)

As well as facing criminal charges, she will be living with this guilt for the rest of her life and never be able to get insurance.

I'm sorry but I have a problem with people who have a KNOWN seizure condition and continue to drive and then there's me who has a siezure condition that has been under control for 25 yrs and I've had mine suspended. To me that seems very irresponsible.

I am also on disability for my epilepsy and ulcerative colitis so I really don't need to drive but I'd like to have that freedom again.

Randy
diagnosed with epilepsy and Ulcerative Colitis in 1979
- current meds are:


RanMan
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   Posted 1/16/2011 1:35 AM (GMT -6)   
 
O K, so IF you choose to drive. Now try to get insurance. If the insurance Co. finds out that you have/had a seizure condition, your premiums will sky rocket or if you should have a minor mis hap ~ even if it's not your fault and the insurance Co. wasn't informed of your seizure cond. they will not cover you and you COULD be sued or wind up in a huge legal battle.

With this being said , you have to ask yourself, "is it really worth the risk?"

My situation is probably different from yours as I am medically retired and don't really have anywhere to travel so I choose not to take the risk and not push to get my drivers licence back.

Randy
diagnosed with epilepsy and Ulcerative Colitis in 1979
- current meds are:

275mg dilantin/day
120mg pheonobarb/day
3,000mg Mesasol/day

Elijah
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   Posted 1/27/2011 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I went seizure free (we think) for 34 years, then out of the blue had a grande mal. The doctor said I couldn't drive for 6 months and it has been absolutely terrible!

Usually when a doc says you can't drive, they don't report it to the Dept. of Licensing due to lawsuits for breaking patient/doctor privacy. If your license is suspended you'd hear from the Dept. of Licensing. That said, I would feel absolutely terrible if I caused any injury or worse to a little one because I was driving when the doctor said I shouldn't.

My family is decent about driving me, however I have super cabin fever. I'm trying to get disability and if (or when) I do there are ways to get around that are for those on disability (Dial A Ride, etc). Where I live there are a few places that I can walk to that I like, so it's causing me to get more exercise!

beetle
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   Posted 2/13/2011 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I am in Melbourne,Australia.The law here is 1 year seizure free before being allowed to drive.I have been seizure free since 2006 after a right temporal lobectomy.I was allowed to drive one later but I was too nervous because I was having auras.The auras were very weak compared to before surgery.I have not had any auras for over 1 year.It has been my choice to wait this long because of the auras in the first couple of years after surgery.I feel confident enough to drive now.I am in the process of getting my licence back.I have to start again with learner's permit because I have not driven for over 5 years.

RanMan
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   Posted 3/20/2011 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Elijah said...
I went seizure free (we think) for 34 years, then out of the blue had a grande mal. The doctor said I couldn't drive for 6 months and it has been absolutely terrible!

Usually when a doc says you can't drive, they don't report it to the Dept. of Licensing due to lawsuits for breaking patient/doctor privacy. If your license is suspended you'd hear from the Dept. of Licensing. That said, I would feel absolutely terrible if I caused any injury or worse to a little one because I was driving when the doctor said I shouldn't.

My family is decent about driving me, however I have super cabin fever. I'm trying to get disability and if (or when) I do there are ways to get around that are for those on disability (Dial A Ride, etc). Where I live there are a few places that I can walk to that I like, so it's causing me to get more exercise!
Doctors take an oath and by law they must report to the "Ministry of Transport" or risk losing their medical license for any patient that they are treating so if that person happens to be involved in an accident, the Doctor will not be lible.
Randy
 
 

panther fern
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   Posted 3/21/2011 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I know when Erika my daughter had a grand mal she couldn't drive for one year. petit mal 6 months. That was the law in Colorado.. each state may be different.
I can not imagine how hard it would be having Children that needed to get to where they needed to go. Erika had a grand mal right before her 16th. (she had had them before) so she had her medication adjusted and it was long slow and painful on all of us... but Thank God she is safe and everyone else is too.

Ever since she started having them at about 10, I told her if you have a headache, don't drive a fever, don't drive, kinda brain washed her but to this day she is 19.5 and she is very aware of her body and if she feels right. if she doesn't she bikes to work. I believe she has outgrown them she has been seizure free at least grandmal and i haven't noticed the petit mal for 2 years.

Good luck!!!

Dacia
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   Posted 3/28/2011 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
 I think it depends on how bad your seizures are. I had my license for two year then i had a seizure while driveing and hite a parked car so i am no lomgr allowed to drive. Any way befor i was allowed to get my license i had to get the all clear from my neurologist and hand in paper work into pendot befor i was allowed to even take the wirtten exame. So the best thing to do is to talk to your doctor.  

kat1611
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   Posted 5/31/2011 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
If anyone is still reading this, I'm a mom of three and had my license stripped. My kids were going to a private school, my husband worked morning shift so he was gone before the kids needed to go to school but worked far enough away that he couldn't be back in time to get them either. As kids there is always a doctors appointment to go to, not to mention that I have health problems of my own. Do you think you are the only mother that has kids with needs? Would you like it if I had a seizure and hit your vehicle, killing your family? Why do you get the right to risk my family or anybody else on the road? What kind of example are you setting for your children if you're allowed to break the rules as long as you don't get caught? Why should your kids even listen to you? This kind of illogical thinking irritates me. In my state you have to be seizure free for three months, that's not the problem. Once you're seizure free, you have a mountain of paper work to go through. It's so confusing they have a number to call if you're having a problem. When you call, the paper work is so confusing, even the people who wrote the paper work have a hard time helping you. Do you know why? Because the laws have to be stricter to protect the healthy people driving from epileptic people driving until they are medically cleared. So the more excuses you make, the more "accidents" there will be. The more "accidents" there are, the stricter the laws. Do you see the problem? Please don't add to it.

blackbetty
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   Posted 7/28/2011 4:59 AM (GMT -6)   
my car is my life and in the UK its 1 year seizure free (it used to be 2 or even 3!) before returning to the road..it's reassuring to know im not the only one, but its so so frustrating, i also think ive managed to diagnose myself! (as my doctor is ****ing useless) my seizures were happening at the same time of the month so i did some research and realised it could possibly be a form of catamenial epilepsy caused by high levels of estrogen; in the body from a contraceptive....ive trialled a new contraceptive and no seizures since! if only i could fight in court to prove ive found the problem and solved it! and to get my freedom back!

NovemberIvory
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   Posted 8/26/2011 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
It is really awful to have your license striped from you after you have been driving for a long time.  I, also, can get my license back from being seizure free here in NY.  Right now I feel so helpless and useless.  I don't like depending on people to be my taxi.  So, I hope, even pray that I can be seizure free for a year.  I have about 9 months left to go.  I have decided that once I do get it back I won't drive if I have any feeling of having a seizure throughout the day.  So, I see I am  not the only one out there. 
 
However, I have seen where some people will never get their license back again by having it restricted.  But, anyone that have theirs suspended still have a chance so in a way that is a blessing. tongue
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