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Should PWME be driving?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by peggy-sue, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. L'engle

    L'engle moogle

    hi folks,

    I feel pretty stupid right now. I'm a safe driver and only drive when I am relatively well. I made a navigation error while driving on the weekend that sent me an hour out of my way. I was fine with the mechanical processes of driving and was not unsafe to myself or others, but the secondary task of making sure I ended up where I needed to go took a nose-dive. I was driving at exactly the speed limit and with great care for my immediate surroundings, you know, making a special effort to prove to myself that I could do things smoothly and cautiously. I think it's hard for healthy people to understand how this type of error can happen to someone who is otherwise not a bad driver. I've never been in an accident or had a ticket of any kind.

    It's tough because being able to drive on the highway has been something that I have really struggled with making myself do in trying to assert some autonomy in my life. It seems like when I try to prove to myself that I can do something in my life there is usually some occurrence related to cognitive functioning that only serves to make me doubt myself further. I don't feel like I can talk to healthy people about this because they will imagine I was driving badly or falling asleep at the wheel, neither of which is the case. The last thing I want is other people doubting me.

    Thanks if anyone can relate.

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