I have: Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxiety Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it. Prov. 25:11
This is a major subject for me. Since my husband can't drive.. he's legally blind and can't pass the eye test.. I am the driver in the family. I don't have the option to let him do any driving what so ever. My mom is 81 & she still drives.. she's in great shape but I have noticed she's getting closer to not being able to drive. My sister is disabled and hasn't driven a car in over 10 years.. right now she's considering getting behind the wheel again (I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing) Since mom & sis live just a couple of blocks away.. we sort of look after eachother.
When I had Lyme Disease driving became almost impossible. I would get lost all of the time and I couldn't remember which side of the street I should drive on. But since I'm clear of Lyme I'm not AS bad as I was then. I do get behind the wheel and experience, not remembering what my destination is, being half way to where I was going and not remembering driving there, start heading in the wrong direction and I've blown through a stop sign here or there. I still get lost occassionally.. but not that often.
My sister has always had a terrible sense of direction and she has fibro, too. If the two of us are going somewhere you can almost count on getting lost.
But I do think that feeling of .. Where the hell am I, happens to everyone once in a while.. but I think it happens more often to us.
So, yes, dear N.. we have a tendency to have some issuse with driving. Welcome to Fibro Fog!!! GRRR!!!
Hugs 4 now..
I just concentrate on what I'm doing. I don't listen to the radio, etc. I just drive. I only have had the "forgetting how to get there" moments but did remember after about 10 seconds of really thinking. I'm a safe driver, too. If you let anxiety about driving get to you, you will make more mistakes. Relax. You have been driving for years.
Now, I thought I'd share an article about this guy who was given a driver's license in Florida...with no arms and only one natural leg! Read down through the article because it tells HOW he drives. He even has to turn on the lights with his teeth!!!
So, relax. You are driving safely, not driving under the influence of alcohol. Just be careful if you are one who takes a lot of medication that can affect you and your driving. You do need to be alert.
Just driving down my street after shopping and pulled into my neighbors driveway and panicked because I didn't recognize the house. Their house is at the end of the road and I really never looked at it that closely. I guess I was simply distracted by the lovely music I was listening to on the radio...something by Long Black Rat Hairs or something like that. Why? Because when the hubby replaced the battery the whole radio had to be reprogrammed and could I even begin to do that??? I know...I just should have turned the stupid thing off. Duh. Fibro. The gift that keeps on giving.