Posted 1/8/2005 1:14 PM (GMT -7)
I can't believe that your Doc. said you can drive while your seizures are still not under control. Your Doc. must be looking at the word through rose colored glasses.
I personally think that you should try to avoid driving and eliminate the risk of injuring yourself or others.
You should still try to work and use public transit.
It is illegal for an employer not to hire you for a seizure condition. That is descrimination.
I've had EP since 1979 controlled by medication so reported at that time to the "Ministry of Transportation" (Canadian)that I was controlled by medication, no questions asked and I didn't lose my licence.
I must have slipped through the system because in ALL cases you must go seizure free for 2 years even if controlled by meds.
I drove without a problem thinking everything was great until Dec/02 during an incident in a parking lot(I just came off the highway).
At that point I had my licence suspended.
Now my blood levels are being checked each week but the Ministry of Transport has tightened up the rules in this area in an attempt to reduce traffic accidents so that is making it more difficult to get it back. But if I do get it back (which I don't think) I still won't drive and risk the lives of others. I think that is the more resposible way to handle it and set an example for others.
It's just like driving drunk-you're taking a major risk.
At first I felt that some of my freedom was taken away but I've gone 2 years without it and I'm starting to accept it a little easier.
Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.