I was reading your post and was wondering how long it has been since you have had a seizure of any kind? I know you said the accident happened in 2002 and you would have to be seizure free for 2 years before you got your license back.
You also said you had a medic alert bracelet on. Did the neuro give you the bracelet, but say that you could drive? Sorry for all the questions, but I'm just trying to figure out what is going on with me. I started having seizures this year and they stopped, but I was never given a medic alert bracelet, but was told not to drive for 6 months. When I went to the seizure clinic and had no seizures while I was there the Neuro said I could drive and didn't need to take the Keppra anymore.
I guess I'm just afraid I will have another seizure while driving and hurt someone else. I would never want that to happen. I have never had a grande mal-seizure, just complex-partials and simple-partials.
I know how hard it can be not being able to drive when you have driven for so long. I'm sure it is especially hard for you as a man. I have only been driving short distances since I was told I could drive again, but I'm not sure that I should drive at all after reading your post.
Thanks for any answers you can give me. Take care and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
To answer your questions,
1) Medic alert bracelet - I didn't get it from my physician but rather through the Medical alert foundation in California about 10 yrs ago.
2) I had my drivers licence all along, even after my first (AND ONLY)seizure in 1979.
Post Edited By Moderator (MandiAnn) : 8/18/2005 11:36:32 PM (GMT-6)
Re your comment about physicians not having to report:
physicians are not required to report seizure patients to DMV..basically they leave it up to the patient to be responsible and Police themselves.
In Canada, Doctors have a legal obligation to report all patients that have a drivers licence and a known seizure condition.
If the Doctor fails to report this info to the Ministry of Transport, they could lose thier medical licence.
Hi everyone, this is something of interest re driving with epilepsy that I happened to find on amother web site:
Police officers Anita and Paul Rowland, both 27, lost their two-year-old son Jet and their other son seven-year-old Bailey was rendered a paraplegic, in the crash on February 28, last year. Mrs Rowland was taking the boys to their grandparents' home for a swim when a car crossed the median strip on the Logan Motorway, south of Brisbane, and crashed into their car. Another car then hit them from behind, causing their car to roll and catch fire. Deputy State Coroner Christine Clements today opened an inquest into circumstances surrounding Jet's death. Today, the court heard the driver of the vehicle, Ian Alexander McLeod, crossed the median strip because he had an epileptic seizure. Police officer Sergeant James Thomas Hickey said Mr McLeod told him he was on medication for epilepsy, but had been cleared to drive by a doctor. He has no recollection of the crash and told Mr Hickey the last thing he remembers was paying a toll on the motorway. Sgt Hickey told the court that doctors should be required to inform Queensland Transport of those motorists that had epilepsy and whether or not they were considered fit to drive.
The above pragraph is a legal obligation for all Doctors up here in Canada, to report or they could lose their medical licence.
Post Edited (RanMan) : 8/26/2005 3:24:29 PM (GMT-6)
This is a subject that I feel very strongly about.
See the attached link:
I know how hard it is to not have a license. Mine was taken away in March of this year. I had brain surgery in 1998 and even drove after that and up to March. NO doctors to this point ever had my license taken away. I am always able to tell when a seizure was coming on (complex partials) and knew enough to pull off the road and wait.
I had to get another neurologist this year because the one I had wanted to work in the neurology lab at the hospital, so I got this young one who probably only had his license for about 5 years. I think he was afraid of losing his medical license even though I told him I knew when I was going to have one. I've had my seizures longer than he has even been alive!!
So, I sit at home with just my sisters as my way out of the house. I was so mad when it first happened, now I'm just trying to get on with my life. I did receive disability after trying for a couple of times and getting my congressman involved. So, if I had to decide on my license or getting some income, I guess I would choose the income. In time, I hope though, I get my license back. In my state, PA, you need to be seizure free for six months and get a letter from the dr. Unfortunately, just when I think I'm home free, POW! But we can't give up! Try, try, again!!
I don't want anyone to think I don't get down, because I do. But we are more than just a license. It doesn't define who we are. So for anyone who has posted here, I hope I have helped some.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13
Post Edited By Moderator (HALO) : 10/25/2006 2:47:53 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited By Moderator (HALO) : 10/25/2006 2:49:38 AM (GMT-6)
Hi I am a 29 year old girl from England. I lost my driving lic in April this year. I have to say it nearly destroyed me at the time. I had just bought a convertable sports car and loved it. I was on a three lane motorway and I have to say I am very lucky to be alive!!!!!!!!!!!
Up until that day all my fits had been on waking but that day things changed! I had felt fine that morning and had packed my bags to go to London to see a concert with a friend. I set out onto the motorway on my way to pick up my friend and felt fine. The last thing I remember was singing along to The Eagles and Hotel Calafornia (must remember never to sing again) when I felt sick. I managed to pull into the middle lane but couldn't get into the slow lane. I awoke to a policeman and an ambulance man stood over over me. I had appently had my fit whilst in the middle lane and had arrived at a stand still with me slumped over the wheel with cars and trucks trying to avoid me whilst traveling at 70mph+. The motorway had to be closed to get me off it and other people had to risk their lives to help me.
I know I am very lucky not to have killed an innocent family on a day out as it was a Bank Holiday weekend. I personally don't think that I could live with myself if I had hurt someone or killed somebody.
In England the rules are you have to be fit free for 12 months which I am no way near as I had my last fit on Friday just gone. I am not sure if I will ever get behind the wheel of a car again I know I was given a very lucky escape that day. All I have to say is so what if I have to get the bus or walk or rely on a lift. Its better than being dead or having someone elses blood on my hands.
By the time I got back to work one of the first things someone said was "Aghhhhhhhhhh you are supposed to be dead" it's amazing what the rumour mill can do. At least I know who would miss me and wouldn't should I go. I just have to look on the bright side of things cos if you focus too long on the things you can't do you start to forget the things you can.