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  • Guest
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    I gave up driving just before diagnosis. Steering became difficult. A great shame as I felt almost like nothing wrong. I have been signed off work since September and have appointment for medical retirement in January. I am 47

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  • Lynne K
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    Hi Jim,
    I too was a driving instructor. I gave it up January 25th 2018 after 2 falls, one at the test centre and one outside a pupils house. I decided, despite enjoying my job and having most pass first time, that it isn't proffesional to fall on the job like I had. Good luck with your driving assessment. I didn't have a driving assessment. They wrote to my neurologist. I got a 3 year licence. Lynne
    Last edited by Lynne K; 23 December 2018, 21:04.

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  • Guest
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    I gave up my license soon after diagnosis at age 43. I was still capable of driving but would never forgive myself if an accident was caused by me due to me trying to hang onto it.

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  • Jaxx
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    My daughter was 33 when diagnosed last year and was on maternity leave when it struck she never returned to work, she did take the driving assessment which they were happy with but she very soon had to give it up as progression was quite rapid, she’s a girl racer in her power chair though!! Good luck.

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  • Terry
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    Hi Jim;

    It should not be a standard driving test and it should be a fairly relaxed drive around to gauge that you can drive safety.

    Mind you, you should know most of the things that a lot of us have forgotten.

    If you are self employed, then when you can't do your job properly then I think that you will go unemployed and not in there office.

    Not sure if you have insurances, endowments and pensions etc. Depending on your ability you can claim other things.

    When you get close to that it might be a good idea to ring Mnda connect and speak to them about finances.

    Love Terry

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  • JimWright
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    Thank you Terry,
    From what I’ve read it seems to be the standard “L” test and it’s booked at my local test centre, so everything is in my favour, will just hav to be a grown up about how safe I feel!
    The thing that concerns me is like all instructors I’m self employed, really don’t love the idea of going back to working for someone.

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  • Terry
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    Hi Jim;

    The driving assessment is quite easy and they normally give you a three year license after that.

    How long depends on how long you are safe driving really.

    It is between you and your employer about where next, there is quite a lot of help both legally and physically available if you want to stay employed.

    Love Terry

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  • JimWright
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    Working and what happens next?

    I guess this is aimed at the younger sufferers here. What happens nextvwith working, I’m a driving instructor and i have a driving assessment booked for February,never if I pass it I really can’t see myself driving / teaching much longer.
    Hears the questions, how long have people kept driving for safety with MND. I’m only 52 I’m guessing they will exspect me to just get a desk job, what’s the odds of going straight to medical retirement? Hope that made sence?
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