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3 weeks out, can I drive?? 3 weeks out, can I drive??

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Unread 03-11-2005, 07:56 AM
3 weeks out, can I drive??

I am only two weeks out and have only driven the past 2 days. I am no longer taking pain killers so I knew I wouldn't fall asleep behind the wheel or push the other cars out of my way. lol Doc said I could have started driving short distances a week after as long as I wasn't on meds.

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Unread 03-11-2005, 10:22 AM
3 weeks out, can I drive??

My doc told me that as long as I am not on any pain meds, that I could drive as long as I could stomp ( like an emergency stop) on the brake hard and not have it hurt.

Have fun !!
Unread 03-12-2005, 01:25 AM
3 weeks out, can I drive??

Thanks for all your replies ladies.

Firstly I phoned my car insurance comapany and they said ok to drive as long as I have all clear from my doc. So I phoned the doctors surgery and the bad news came back, NO DRIVING FOR 8 WEEKS! there you have it I've got another 5 weeks to wait before I can drive myself anywhere, I'll probably need driving lessons again by then.

Anyone else had an 8 week driving ban from doc's can't understand it myself, it's also 8 weeks until I get to have my post-op checkup too.

I was a good girl and got a taxi, had a nice time with the walking group people, as well as 1 coffee, 1 bacon roll and 1 cup of tea yum yum. One of the ladies drove me home and then I collapsed on the sofa for the afternoon.

I envy all you ladies who are allowed to drive so soon, at least you can escape the four walls.

take care everyone

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Unread 03-12-2005, 01:50 AM
3 weeks out, can I drive??


Sorry to hear the news wasn't good :cry:

I myself am no where near being close to driving and am also going crazy from the boredom.

While still in hospital, one of the Drs. explained to a Med Student and I that the true test of one's readiness for driving is a simple test. If you can stomp each of your feet on the ground without any abdominal pain, you're ready to drive.

At this point, I can't even walk or stand for more than 5 minutes before the pains start which is why I'm not expecting to drive for a while.

So, I'm not surprised to hear about the 8 week restriction. Just know, others feel your frustration and pain!

~ Heather
Unread 03-12-2005, 06:04 AM
3 weeks out, can I drive??

I have not yet had the URGE to drive. However, I have been concerned about having to drive sooner than I am ready to. I am 2 1/2 weeks out and am SO not ready yet!! Took a small outing with my hubby on Thursday and was in bed for the rest of the day. I still hurt alot after only a few minutes of activity.

I had ALOT of abdominal work done and know my recovery will be extensive. My friends have traveled to see me, but I can't wait to have a day out where I get to drive to see them! Most live 1 hour or more from me.

Oh, I tried to shop, even in the "motorized cart". I would not recommend that driving too soon either!!

Just be super careful. You get only one chance to heal, so let your body do it once, at it's pace, and don't be impatient. Your life will come around and will be so much better because you will be healthier!!

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