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Long Distance Driving?
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My teaching job is 175 miles from my home and includes driving through or around Atlanta. I was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy in February after having a seizure while driving in Atlanta in February. I deviated from a route I've driven literally more than 900 times over 23 years, drove completely unaware for quite a while and collided with a pole. Luckily no other cars were involved and I was not hurt. I had two more seizures on the way to the hospital and another about 6 weeks ago. Has… read more

posted May 14, 2021
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A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Yeah, if you stay to the right. Less chance you’re gonna hurt yourself or someone else. Soon as you twitch, hit the shoulder.

posted May 19, 2021
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

If you have an aura you’re lucky. I do, so on the freeway what I do is stay in the right lane. So if I feel it coming, I can pull right over to the shoulder. Ride it out, then get off at the next exit. Scary is part of the dance. You can work yourself into a anxiety attack. Which can manifest itself into a seizure. Try to stay calm and cool and put yourself in a position to get onto the shoulder of the road, where you’ll be safe. Personally I can work myself up into a seizure. You can talk yourself out of it.

posted May 16, 2021
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

i think if that happened to me I don't think I would drive again, even though I love driving and that would affect me A lot but that's me not you.
I should advise RTA of my condition but I'm afraid of the restrictions they might impose on me and ATM I don't drive much and know when I shoudn't to give up that much independence is very hard .
Since my seizures are changing I might have to bite the bullet on that one .
But for now I trust my judgement on when I think it's safe for me to drive.

posted May 15, 2021
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

I think for me that will be a good in town solution. Going through or around ATL on the bypass involves a lot of lane changes and driving 70-75MPH to keep pace with the traffic, not much choice about that. Even sitting in the passenger seat at high speed makes me uncomfortable now.

posted May 21, 2021
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Thanks, Gary. I don’t remember having an aura when I had the wreck. I’ll keep your solution in mind for in town driving-still have major reservations about returning to highway driving. Hope you have a good day.

posted May 17, 2021

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