As I sealed the envelope and stuck on the stamp (first class of course) I found I was smiling from ear to ear. I guess, you have to have been told that you have about 18 months to live and (stupidly) you are not allowed to drive for 2 years, before you can appreciate how much of a joyous milestone this seems. Of course it may take a considerable time before they (The DVLA) reply, despite there being a singular lack of anything interesting to report that might make them worry about me (no fits, no faints, no squints, no tremors, no palsies, no meds, no anticonvulsants, no nothing… only a tiny hole in my brain.)
I imagine some minor official quizzing me – But you are supposed to be dead, or disabled, or paralysed or on so many drugs that you need to be strapped to your chair… aren’t you? Nope. Surely, if we allow you behind the wheel, you are likely to lose consciousness, or your marbles… Nope. But people like you have to have carers to help you across the road, never mind drive… don’t they? Nope. Your doctors will surely put a stop to this mad idea… Nope.
DVLA PLEASE GET OFF YOUR BACKSIDES, STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND GIVE ME MY DRIVING LICENCE BACK!
*Afer a craniotomy there is an automatic driving ban for a year because of the risk of fits. (20-50% of brain tumour patients have at least one fit after craniotomy and prophylactic anticonvulsants probably do not help) If you have a high grade tumour the driving ban is increased to 2 years. This might be a sensible precaution if the patient is likely to black out without warning. I just find it a bit harsh as I never had a fit at any stage and never has so much of a whiff of an anticonvulsants drug. I put this down to my well behaved brain, the skill of my surgeon, and my healthy nutrition and supplements in particularly the boswellia which keeps any swelling at bay and the curcumin that apart from having anti cancer action also may have anticonvulsant properties.
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