Posted 9/15/2021 7:53 AM (GMT -6)
Sounds like you are doing well in terms of stamina if you completed a 90-mile hike! That must have felt great.
I don't drive. I lived in cities and didn't need to when I was young and healthy, but I was just starting to learn to drive when I got sick. I have a lot of thoughts on this.
On the one hand, the number of people who go through their days taking prescription drugs and sleep-deprived, conducting vehicles that weigh a ton or more at very high speeds, is astonishing, and it's a wonder that anyone makes it off a highway alive. On the other hand, muscle memory is a powerful thing, so experienced drivers are often fine to drive (more or less) even in sub-optimal condition.
New drivers don't have that muscle memory yet, so our reaction time, coordination, focus, and proprioception are not as assured. Because you have done a lot of training and practice, then I bet you have at least some of that automatic ability built up by now. I'm sure you would pass the test. If your instructor thinks you are ready, then why are you reluctant to take the test?
For me, I find driving stressful in a way that affects my body. With all the stressors that I push through every day anyway, it didn't make sense to add driving practice to the list of things my body had to recover from, since learning to drive wasn't urgent. On days when I felt steady and alert (pre-Lyme diagnosis, even) I would get behind the wheel of a car and get all woozy again, just because I'm more sensitive to the little burst of cortisol than the average person. I'm sure that those reactions would normalize a great deal with more practice, though.