Driving and MS

So today wound up ok. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about either. Got to see the cup as half full.

Tomorrow I have two appointments one being the dentist, for a cleaning. The other is my neuro, Lance will take me to the neurologist.

I have to admit I’m a smidge worried about driving down town. It’s about 15 min from my house. I rarely drive any more, except brief trips to the store which is a rarity.

Back when I was working at the airport (now that was a drive). I drove to and fro every shift. One day I was heading in. I stopped at Dunkin Donuts to bring in a treat for my compadres. On the way my right leg started shaking. Shaking so bad I couldn’t keep my foot on the gas. Much like my hand tremor, my leg started flailing about.

I wound up pulling over, immediately calling dispatch to let them know I was having an issue. I could not be late. Anyone that knows me knows, I NEVER run late and I have a hell of a work ethic. I call and get one of people I’d be relieving on the phone, then my supervisor (one of the nicest people I’ve ever met) I let her know what was going on.

Next thing I know the Chief and assistant chief are coming to my rescue. I told them no need as I had Lance on his way to take me to the hospital. They wouldn’t hear of it. They came and sat with me until Lance got there. They also drove my car to the hospital so it wasn’t left on the side of the road. Talk about good people, that meant so much to me.

After that incident I started using cruise control, as not to tire out my leg while driving. Then I started noticing my depth perception was off. Cars was moving far away from me. I realized then that I was making other drivers nervous.

I do have to say there are times when I do drive short distances and feel pretty confident in my driving. Then there are times when I’m like oh helllll no, today isn’t the day.

With that being said, my question is how do you know? How do you know when it’s time to hang up the keys? I guess asking that question should be answer enough.

I’ll decide in the morning. I do love a good teeth cleaning. So I’ll see how I feel about driving when the time comes. If anything I could always cancel.

I remember years ago when I worked at the P.D we had several calls about a drunk driver driving on the wrong side of the road, driving into ditches etc. I got the direction of travel, vehicle description and dispatched the call.

Officers got out with her, I ran all of her info, tag, license etc. . She came back clean. No warrants, no suspended license for drunk driving. They cut her loose. Meanwhile I’m in dispatch like wtf?

The Sgt came back asked me about different meds ( she knew I’d had MS for a while) I told her I recognized one or two of the meds but there are so many prescribed and I’m no expert. She said the lady driver had MS and was on new medication. They had a family member come and help her get where she was going.

I remember thinking that woman was irresponsible and selfish for driving under those conditions. Now that I find myself in that situation I see her side. It’s hard giving up what little independence you have.

So I’m going to feel it out tomorrow. I’ll let you all know how it goes. Say a prayer and wish me luck.

Author: mswithmsalex

A funny gals take on the ups and downs of dealing with MS. The stuff people don't like to talk about. The hilarious situations I've found myself in. I hope this brings laughter to a disease that isn't very humorous

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