Driving evaluation

    • Anonymous
      March 19, 2007 at 11:09 am

      I have a 4 hour driving eval with occ therapy tommorrow and do not know what to expect. My Dr. has asked me not to drive for the past 8 months and now they want to see whats up as they can only go so long withour reporting my condition to the state.. Has anyone had this done.. I have no reflexes in my arms or legs but I can walk and use my arms , I’m on 3200 of gabpentin and 6 vicodin and nightly morphine, also I take a anti inflammortory as I have had a string of problems bersitus in the hip then my left wrist seems hurt, they say it is not the CIDP but I’m starting to get worried that I’m falling apart.. LOL Thanks for any input on the driving eval….

    • Anonymous
      March 19, 2007 at 12:45 pm

      I had a driving evaluation at a large hospital last May. I had a pretty bad flare-up that left me unable to drive because of physical disabilities, including severe double vision, for over six months. My evaluation was to determine which types of adaptive devices would allow me to get back behind the wheel. I was approved for hand controls, and I’ve been driving with them for 10 months now. Although I can walk, severe foot drop and quadricpes and hip flexor weakness does not allow me to really move or lift my leg to drive while in a seated position. Plus, too much sensory loss in feet.

      I was evaluated for strength, eye sight and mental cognition via a variety of tests. Then, a simulator was used to develop an idea of what adaptive device would work best. Then, a driving instructor setup a car with the hand controls, and I drove for about 45 minutes. After it was determined these adaptive systems were good, I was given a certificate which detailed the equipment I was to have installed on my car. Then, a detailed write-up was sent to my physician, who was required to then forward to the DMV.

      It was a pretty easy process, and I was ecstatic to finally be driving again.

      Good luck to you.

    • Anonymous
      March 22, 2007 at 5:59 pm

      I just posted on your other driving thread, but then saw this one. My GP also wanted me to go through the driver’s evaulation before he would give me a letter to drive again, but they demanded that I have a permit, which I, of course, did not have. That is when I called my neuro who is 200 miles away & asked him for the letter. That way I was able to pass the tests again without even having through the evaluation. I think I would have ended up with hand controls, which I have had in my cars for years (for my son), & I guess I never really felt comfortable with them…