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Johnnie M

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    Driving and travelling. Happily the driving thing can now happen as I had my licence returned to me on 24th May 2018 (at 4.36 pm, approximately! ;-)

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  1. Fantastic news GC! It took me 20 months to get mine back but I wasn't as patient as you, I must confess. Take care out there but enjoy every minute of your new found freedom. JM
  2. The field of vision test (esterman test) at Specsavers seems, in this case, to be a formality Bri, unless you have experienced a loss of vision since your 'event'? It's quite a simple test and involves pressing a button when you see a light come up. You focus on the centre of the screen and it checks your periphery vision to see if there are any missing sections. I had loss of vision after my stroke and it shows up on the test. If you have been shown to have 20 20 vision then it sounds like you'll be fine but please be aware that being able to see letters on a board does not mean you don't have loss of periphery vision. Having said that, I suspect you would know about such a loss already, if it had occurred. This is what makes me think they are jut trying to cover all bases. Specsavers will get the results to the DVLA within a couple of days and if it is all clear then, hopefully, the DVLA should decide quickly. It is unlikely that Specsavers will give you the test results or even discuss them with you. I am sure it will be fine. Good luck.
  3. Hey Bri. Sorry to hear of your DVLA traumas. It is not entirely surprising though! It took three weeks-ish for me to get my licence back after the information had been passed to the doctors. So long as they have the information they will eventually get to making a decision. They are not picking on you; it's just that they have to do this for many people and their workload is considerable. Also, it is a very serious decision to make to allow someone their licence back. I'm afraid, in this, and all cases with the DVLA, patience really is a virtue. Keep phoning them fella. They are always happy to let you know what progress there is, if any but the people answering the phone don't necessarily have the ability to call the doctors to ask how they are getting on with a particular case. Chin up. Hopefully you'll be fully mobile again before Christmas and you can give the Evo triangle a bit of a go! 😉
  4. Any update Maureen? Did your Husband get a letter to confirm what he has to do? We can be of help. JM
  5. Noted Maureen. Did your husband get the same letter as I did? (see attachment in my previous post) If so, that'll help when we need to advise further. JohnnieM
  6. Having re-read my earlier post I think it would be useful to add information about item 7 on the list in the letter from the DVLA as it has caused confusion in the past. Basically the DVLA just want to know that, despite your loss of vision, you have no trouble functioning in every day life. They want to have someone (such as a Doctor or Occupational Therapist) report that you can get bathed and dressed without aid, can do shopping by yourself, can cross the road, take a bus, etc etc. You know, all the normal stuff that life throws at you every day. I don't know where you live Maureen but I travel into London every day for my work and I have to admit that the visual loss, albeit peripheral, made crowds in the busy train and underground stations quite daunting. People coming from all directions, not being able to see people approaching from the right hand side. I got used to it very quickly and just moved my head to accommodate the need to see all the people on my right. Peripheral vision to the left took care of that side. It was hard at first but the only thing that was, to me, a challenge. It would be good to hear from you or your husband Maureen, if only to offer some comfort.
  7. I should also ask Maureen, has he been for an Esterman test (as requested by the DVLA? If so, he should have received a formal letter from them providing the results in graph form and what his next step is. I am hoping that the letter is per my letter as attached in my post above. JM
  8. Hey Maureen. You could have been writing about me in 2016! I believe that unless there is a visual loss that precludes your husband from ever getting his licence back, then he should hopefully be able to get it back, but he will have to be patient and will need to jump through some hoops. None of them are complicated but they are, nonetheless, important. I had peripheral loss of vision (IN BOTH EYES) and still do. I got my licence back 20 months after my stroke. Some take longer so don't give up! Please also be aware that there are those who drive with vision in only one eye. It is not, in the final analysis, about how much you can see but how well you can drive with the vision that you have. That sounds counter-intuitive but unless the loss of vision is profound and more central to the eyes then a small amount of visual loss on the periphery is perhaps not a biggie. Having said that, the DVLA have the final say on whether the licence is returned, even after all the doctors reports and the driving assessment. Some things to realise; there are many here who were in the same situation and are now happily back on the road, inc me. Once I received the letter from the DVLA revoking my licence but telling me that I could re-apply after a year (subject to certain criteria) I never ever felt that I wouldn't get my licence back. My wife was less sure than I but she is not a great fan of being behind the wheel. Chauffering is not her idea of a fun time and passengering is not mine! I presume, although you do not say, that he has received such a letter from DVLA and it states that he is able to re-apply after a year, so long as he has had no recurring 'stroke event'? See attached (part) letter that I received from DVLA on that fateful day when my licence was revoked. I have highlighted the parts he needs to focus on a tried to offer a little explanation for each 'hoop' that needs to be jumped through. Let us know where you are with the matter and what letters, if any, you have received and we will be able to help. In two weeks time I shall be going out to Spain to 'hoon' around in my car with other like minded pals. It is like a dream holiday for me as there were time when I had to resign myself to the fact that I may not drive again. I never gave up and pushed through till the glorious day when I was told I would get my licence back (May 24th 2017 at 4.36 if I remember rightly. 😀). I am also going to tell you to keep posting here and giving us updates. Better still, get your husband to post here. I am always happy to spend time keeping someone's spirits up! If your husband hasn't received the above letter, or some form like it, then you must let us know where he is with the DVLA at the moment and we can then, hopefully, guide you to dealing with it. You should get your husband to read this section (not just this thread) top to bottom. There is much here to give hope and information. All the very best to you and your hubby. Also, get your husband a bike and tell him to ride to the gym. 😉 DVLA Letter.pdf
  9. Holy thread revival Batman!! So, how's the process of getting your licence back going GC? It's gone so quiet that there may not be anything to relate but have you had any luck, or forward movment, with the DVLA application? JM
  10. Thanks for the response GC. Keep in contact and let us know how you are getting on. JM
  11. I have been wondering if there is any update from GCoutt? It seems to have gone quiet but we do, of course, already know that the wheels of DVLA industry turn painfully slowly!
  12. Welcome GCoutt. Although most of us are neither medical practitioners nor working for DVLA in their medical team, we hope to be able to give you a steer and maybe some hope! It seems like you have been through the mill a bit but I think there is certainly a good chance that you can get your licence back. There may be some hoops to jump through (all well documented in this and other threads in this section) and it may take some time! A read through some of the threads in this section will give you a good idea of what the DVLA expect of you when you have a visual defect. You, however, have come from a different place as your licence was revoked for other reasons. I'm afraid I know nothing about the DVLA rules in respect of operative, or post operative, regulations about driving abilities. Unless someone here can make that clear, you may need to discuss that with them separately. For instance, would they now give you your licence back if you didn't have a visual defect? If they would, you know that you only have the 'visual defect' hoop to jump through. If not, you may have to take a two-pronged approach. With respect to the visual defect matter, you are sensible to have taken the Esterman test at Specsavers although I suspect they may ask you to do so again so that they can receive a formal report from Specsavers under their own system. It seems that the DVLA like to instruct Specsavers themselves (DVLA pay for it, so you don't have to suffer the cost again) so that they can explain properly the reason for the test (despite the fact that you may have done this when you got the test done!). Once Specsavers issue the report to DVLA (or the DVLA accept the report sent by you with your re-application) they will let you know whether you can a) drive again, or b) need to jump through some hoops. If you need to jump through hoops you will receive a letter that will explain what the hoops are. Once you have this letter, then come back with more questions. We are well versed in hoop jumping. There is no 'bucking the system' here and many of us have successfully regained our licences (oh, deep joy!) but it may take time and patience on your part. What you have here is a bunch of people who know the frustrations of being without 'wheels' (I felt my heart leap with joy just thinking that I can drive again!) and will work tirelessly to help you through the tribulations to regain freedom of the road. Fill out that re-application form and send in that information. In the meantime we will keep our fingers crossed that the news is good for you but steel ourselves to be of assistance. Bon chance!
  13. Thanks Catwoman. As stated in my original, and subsequent posts, everyone on the course is monitored by both the NHS (our free National Health Service) and by our general practitioner. We attend regular meetings with a dietician and food psychologist. We also have exercise sessions in the meetings (if you don't exercise in every day life). Actually, diet 'soda' is one of the drinks of which you can have a can or two every day if you wish. Full sugar soda is a no-no and frankly should be banned, along with the smoothies that you buy which purport to be healthy but which actually have more sugar in them than the full fat 'soda' drinks! Out shopping this week for more clothes as my old trousers (pants) are now too small. Yay!
  14. Absolutely do it with the backing of your doctor and the supervision of the NHS groups. I can assure you that all participants are very well monitored. JM
  15. In May 2012 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, due mostly to lifestyle and a sedentary one at that! For 18 months I single-mindedly tackled my weight and reduced down considerably, keeping the need to medicate at bay. But as is usual with these things, the lifestyle came back and the waistline grew back too. I started medicating at the docs insistence/suggestion. Roll forward to end of last year and I find that the NHS are offering courses to help guide you through the ultra low calorie dieting that can be used to (hopefully) successfully reverse diabetes. It doesn't work for everyone but I thought that it may be worth a bash. On Feb 4th I started the 800 calorie a day diet using Exante meal replacement products, many of which are really awful but some are OK, so I stick to those that are OK. Other products are also available of course and one is allowed around 250 gms of vegetable per day, in addition to the meal replacements. I make soups, roasted ratatouille, curries etc and that is really satisfying. It doesn't come with carbs of course so I have started dreaming a lot about food! I have decided that carbs are the food of the Gods. I think the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians should have had Gods of carbs! In week 1 I lost a stone and in the following five weeks it has leapt to 2.5 stone overall. It hasn't been easy easy but I am quite single minded and the fact that I am now buying trousers and summer shorts with waistlines that I haven't fitted into since the 1970's keeps me going and my headspace in the right place. The reason for this rather lengthy missive is to say that anyone who is considering this option to reverse diabetes should just go for it. There are so many physical benefits. Less back pain, lower pressure on arthritic joints and a general feeling of wellness. I shall be trying out my new beach bod in June and can't wait! If you need any further information then feel free to ask and I shall be as helpful as I can. It needs commitment,especially at the weekend when preparing and cooking food is a large part of what I enjoy but it's only for 12 weeks and what harm can it do?! JM
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