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13/11/2013 13:42:00
Peter O
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Hope you dont mind waiting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11/11/2013 16:41:44
BALDRIG
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Hi all. Sorry if I've not had your messages or not replied. I can be contacted on iandsjohnston@hotmail.co.uk Thanks.
08/11/2013 09:30:48
Peter O
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I have pointed this out a few times to the forum administrator. I think that he has a problem servicing the forum due to work demands. It is frustrating when you recieve notifications that someone has sent a reply to a forum you have expressed interest in and find the email is just blanc when you have clicked on it. I am sending this Friday 8th Nov.
04/11/2013 23:08:16
Keith H
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I have tried to PM Baldrig but nothing shows in my sent items so I assume these are not arriving. Can you give me any advice on applying to be considered as an exceptional case. Can my GP supply the evidence that I meet the criteria or does it have to come from a Consultant?
27/04/2013 14:11:50
Von
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Thank you all for the kind words and input. My total point is that I will seek to be aable to drive and get my license back but only if and when I feel I can safely drive. For all i have been through, I could never endanger another person if my skills are not adequate. I am given hope by reserch and other survivors stories. I am hoping the doctors are giving me worst sase senarios
22/04/2013 08:54:08
freddy
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Re message from Von. Your stroke seems similar to my husband's who also has depth perception problems. He surrendered his driving licence voluntarily but would at least like to explore what possibilities of improving his eyesight there are. Unfortunately, he cannot read (and was an avid reader before his stroke) and walking in among people is very difficulty because he has left hand side neglect. He has just recently been able to walk on his own outside around near to the house (with a lot of practice) using the same route so that he could recognize landmarks. I hope this little improvement is of encouragement to others in the same situation.
21/04/2013 17:14:55
BALDRIG
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Von wrote:
I had a stroke December 18th, 2012 and suffered lose of left perifial vision and deminished dept perseption. I have been told not to drive by 3 doctors including a disability optimologist. I feel I am personally doing the right thing for public safety by not driving. My nerologist advised me to consider that if I drove I would be lucky if I only harmed myself. I have left side numbness but by gods grace I can walk, care for myself so I fell blessed. I have been told that vision issues after a stroke sre generally are the last to return. I can atill see my grandson's smile, my wifes beautiful face and the sun rise and set. Not driving is a challenge. My wife and I refer to it as part of our new normal.

Sorry to hear about your stroke. Perhaps if you lived in the depths of Cornwall like I do, where public transport is non-existant and you had a wife who can't drive, you would feel a little different. It's still early days for you and you can hopefully expect some improvement. The DVLA will not even consider letting you return to driving until 12 months after the stroke, and then only if your condition has not worsened and you have shown to have adapted to the disability. In the last month I've had Emails from two more people who I've helped to get their driving licences returned and are back driving again, but only after they had passed an on road test to prove their road safety.
21/04/2013 12:53:49
Von
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I had a stroke December 18th, 2012 and suffered lose of left perifial vision and deminished dept perseption. I have been told not to drive by 3 doctors including a disability optimologist. I feel I am personally doing the right thing for public safety by not driving. My nerologist advised me to consider that if I drove I would be lucky if I only harmed myself. I have left side numbness but by gods grace I can walk, care for myself so I fell blessed. I have been told that vision issues after a stroke sre generally are the last to return. I can atill see my grandson's smile, my wifes beautiful face and the sun rise and set. Not driving is a challenge. My wife and I refer to it as part of our new normal.
16/04/2013 14:20:53
Von
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After my stroke in December of last year I still have no perifial vision or dept proception. I am told it is very unlikely my vision will improve . I was also told I will never drive again. Even though driving was my livelyhood, I accept the fact that by driving, I would be a danger to others. I will not allow my fate to endanger someone else.
14/04/2013 10:30:53
freddy
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My husband had a stroke in 2012 which left him with left peripheral vision loss and has stopped driving re BALDRIG quote information would be helpful to get him back driving if at all possible. We are getting mixed messages - some say it will not get better, others say there are methods to improve the sight but we are having difficulty getting the medical profession on board.
20/01/2013 03:05:15
williamR
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Hi:
I had a stroke then October 19 2012 and all my right body. Now I walk and my memory its getting back but my speech its better. In still my read and writing its slow. now MTO get my driving back to my doctor get report instill driving assessment center for training driving. Its look for over $800 to report to the doctor. I'm Ontario Scarborough what think be better get back to driving? To sorry still getting back writing and OT and speech , physiotherapy.
31/12/2012 05:18:18
Dahbra
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BALDRIG wrote:
I had a stroke in 2009 which left me with a visual field loss in the lower right quadrant of both eyes. (Quadrantinopia) I was told by a private consultant that I would never drive again and I had to surrender my driving licence to the DVLA. After receiving advice from a top London consultant I re-applied for my licence, and after a 19 month battle I managed to get it back. I've now been driving again for nearly two years. I have helped several people from this forum get their driving licence and their independance back. All GP's and consultants are (or should be) aware that all isn't lost just because you fail a visual field test, and they should make all patients aware that there is still hope, as long as you meet certain criteria.
If anyone would like more information please feel free to contact me.



Hello
I had have had the same visual loss as you but mine was on the lower left quadrant of both eyes, if you can drive again, I assume that your eyes have recovered, how did you manage to do that ? Was it through eye rehab ? Can you please let me know more about how you managed to do that .

Thanks
Dahman
31/12/2012 05:12:49
Dahbra
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BALDRIG wrote:
I had a stroke in 2009 which left me with a visual field loss in the lower right quadrant of both eyes. (Quadrantinopia) I was told by a private consultant that I would never drive again and I had to surrender my driving licence to the DVLA. After receiving advice from a top London consultant I re-applied for my licence, and after a 19 month battle I managed to get it back. I've now been driving again for nearly two years. I have helped several people from this forum get their driving licence and their independance back. All GP's and consultants are (or should be) aware that all isn't lost just because you fail a visual field test, and they should make all patients aware that there is still hope, as long as you meet certain criteria.
If anyone would like more information please feel free to contact me.
18/12/2012 21:06:43
BALDRIG
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I'm 65 and live in the UK. I had a stroke in 2009 which left me with a visual field loss in the lower right quadrant of both eyes. (Quadrantinopia) I was told by a private consultant that I would never drive again and I had to surrender my driving licence to the DVLA. After receiving advice from a top London consultant I re-applied for my licence, and after a 19 month battle I managed to get it back. I've now been driving again for nearly two years. I have helped several people from this forum get their driving licence and their independance back. All GP's and consultants are (or should be) aware that all isn't lost just because you fail a visual field test, and they should make all patients aware that there is still hope, as long as you meet certain criteria.
If anyone would like more information please feel free to contact me.
edited by BALDRIG on 31/12/2012
23/10/2012 16:02:11
cicina
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Hello,
I am new here. Female, 68 year old, jogged for the last 35 years, until April of this year, when out of nowhere, I had a left cerebellar stroke which left me without any balance at all, a right vision field cut and left side ataxia.

I have managed to walk on my own for very short distances(.6 mile) . Of course I look very wobbly and still have a constant feeling of dizziness.

My questions : does the dizziness ever go away, or at least improve? How about the vision field cut? So far no improvement in spite of wearing prism glasses. How about the ataxia?

I think I could handle driving because I never lost my peripheral vision and only have a blind spot which I handle dearly well by scanning....

Thank you for any comment or help you may have.
04/10/2012 15:18:07
amontgomery
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hi just been told wont drive again. tia in May. lst optometrist said 6 months to recover, he left, replacement in less than 5 minutes of meeting him in consultation told me never again. gutted and destroyed. had damage to right posterior of brain, field vision lost in both eyes on left. where is the hope? he was so abrupt. will I ever get this back. people tell me its only been 5 months and is early yet. I have not been offered any help or advice from anyone. Neurologist saw me once and does not want to see me again, whatever that means. feeling low, left side numb. does anyone know about benefits? are there any visual aids. have heard about prisms as an attachment to glasses that help with visual filelds. going to get second opinion tomorrow. My central vision is 20/20 and I sometimes feel as a passenger in the car that I could have drove. any help would be great.
26/06/2012 22:34:50
Drifter
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Hi Moira, Just how wild is it where you are, I'm also from dear old Scotia. Iknow another Stroke Survivor, he got himself a ride-on Mower, I daresay it's legal to ride it on your own property. Sorry to hear your consultant says it's highly unlikely you'll drive again, like mine said, I would never drive again! I don't do never's,

All the Best, Hope you do get to drive legally again
26/05/2012 17:10:52
Guest That's an intelligent aswner to a difficult question xxx
21/09/2009 11:54:08
Dave H.
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Hi moira,

I began driving within a month after my cerebellar strokes (3 total, 1 old and 2 within days of each other). I really had to concentrate and have assistance in spotting all of the crazy drivers of South Florida where I lived at the time! Shock I never told anyone or lost my driver's license. I correctly figured that I could still drive better than 90% of the drivers there. I can drive better than walk, since it doesn't require balance. Motorcycles and bicycles are more difficult, especially at slow speeds. Besides balance, there is also more to remember and information to process...especially driving here in the Philippines where I am now living. Besides bad drivers, we also have bad roads! Shock For the first month after my strokes I suffered from tunnel vision. After 3 years, my peripheral vision is still poor. I was tested and told that it is normal which is a big a joke! During testing I was only concentrating on peripheral vision and all I was looking for was bright lights that lit up, not details. I either have a little peripheral vision or forward vision as my brain doesn't seem to be able to process both at one time. Still, even when concentrating my peripheral is not very good. People come up to me all the time, especially when shopping and I never know they are there unless they say something or I move my head back and forth to see them in my forward vision.

Dave
edited by Dave H. on 21/09/2009
14/09/2009 21:53:36
Andi
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After a months ban due to a TIA Im back Driving How great it feels to be able to do this Again.

Im so lucky compared with others that i can drive still.

Moira......12 Dogs wow i thought i had it bad with 3

All the Best xx Andi
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