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Hello everyone. Glad to find this group of those that understand. I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm while on the other side of the country. I had an on again off again headache for about a week. It was in one spot in the back of my head, but honestly I didn't think much of it. I was visiting family and doing a 2 day 40 mile walk for breast cancer awareness. The walk was fine, no issues. 2 days later I had the worst headache of my life. I was due to fly home, but thankfully did not get on the plane and instead my sister drove me to the nearest walk in medical clinic. The clinic sent us to the local hospital. The local hospital put me in an ambulance to go to a bigger hospital. They put in a coil for the rupture. I remember nothing for those 4 weeks. My husband flew across country and stayed in the hospital with me, sleeping on chairs. We flew home and I had one week of rehab. It is now 14 months later and I feel very slow and have a lot of anxiety. I stay home alone a lot. Work days are over, but I am 62. My driver's license was never revoked but I feel way too slow to drive. My big drive is to Starbucks 1 mile away. We actually sold my car and are down to 1 car. I don't believe that I am high risk, for an aneurysm, I have not smoked a cigarette in about 25 years, blood pressure is normal, no family history.
I suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage on the 18th March 2013. No known cause was found for my haemorrhage and I know from the DVLA medical guidance I can return to driving when I feel well enough. I sent my medical form to DVLA on 2 May 2013 and DVLA wrote to my consultant on 18 May 2013. My consultant has still not filled in the form and returned it to DVLA. I am expected to return to work next week and my 10-15 min car journey will turn into a 40 min bus journey. Surely it is better for my health to be able to return to driving sooner rather than later. I feel well enough to drive but I am currenlty very tearful because my independance has been taken away from me and the thought of returning to work without being able to drive is upsetting me more than anything else. I keep calling my consultant's secretary who says she will chase him up but the form is still sitting on his desk. I just want to get my life back but it is so difficult without being able to drive. I am very upset Tracey