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Offline wolfter

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A much better place today!
« on: June 10, 2011, 10:54:48 AM »

Sometimes just walking to the post office can be one of best things in the world.  I lost my driverís license due to my vision in June 2009.  My license was set to expire and I stupidly tried to renew them instead of letting them expire.  Since they were suspended for medical reasons it required a release from my treating physician before the medical suspension could be lifted.

Living in area such as mine, mobility doesnít exist without your own personal transportation.  I continued to drive anyways whenever I felt capable but several months ago my uncle, (who is our local police chief) stopped by to inform me that his department became aware and warned that I had to stop puttering around town. 

My doctor wouldnít sign the release until I completed the cranial surgery and had a thorough exam with the eye doctor.  Dr. Murry finally signed the release unbeknown to me and I received a letter from the BMW today indicating I can reinstate my license.  Iím so freaking happy!  Mobility again.  Since itís been over a year, I have to take the road test again.  Damn, I hope all my bad driving habits donít show during the test. 
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline leatherman

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2011, 11:07:54 AM »
WooHoo!
Good luck when you take the test! ;D
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


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Offline drewm

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2011, 11:21:24 AM »
YAY!!!!! That will be me getting out of your way JK!!!! Congrats!!  :)
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Offline skeebo1969

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2011, 11:35:58 AM »


  Time for a road trip!

I despise the song Love is in the Air, you should too.

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2011, 11:38:40 AM »
YAY!!!!! That will be me getting out of your way JK!!!! Congrats!!  :)

I never go fast enough to do damage.  I actually don't really like driving, it's just necessary.  I'm probably the only person my age that's never been stopped for going too fast.
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2011, 11:42:11 AM »
Congrats Wolf --

I'm sure you will do fine on the road test.  Just remember:
1)  "10 and 2" (hand placement on the wheel)
2)  Turn signals are your friend
3)  Stop completely at stop signs
4)  No wide turns
5)  No sharp turns
6)  Watch both rearview and side view mirrors
7)  Tap twice on brake before stopping
8 ) Take off slowly (no jack rabbit starts)
9)  Obey the speed limit
10) Limit distractions (i.e. turn off the radio; don't answer the cell while taking the test and no texting while driving)
11) Throw any empty white zin bottles out from the car before arriving for the test, use a breath mint or two if you emptied the bottles while heading over to take the test
12) Look at good-looking men with your peripheral vision (don't take eyes completely off the road)
13) If the guy giving you the test is cute subtle flirting may be in order ---

Remember all of the above and you will be driving in no time ---
Of course, in Miami we do the reverse of everything I have written above in order to get our license. ;D
Best to you!
-Phil
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline wolfter

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2011, 11:54:36 AM »
Congrats Wolf --

I'm sure you will do fine on the road test.  Just remember:
1)  "10 and 2" (hand placement on the wheel)
2)  Turn signals are your friend
3)  Stop completely at stop signs
4)  No wide turns
5)  No sharp turns
6)  Watch both rearview and side view mirrors
7)  Tap twice on brake before stopping
8 ) Take off slowly (no jack rabbit starts)
9)  Obey the speed limit
10) Limit distractions (i.e. turn off the radio; don't answer the cell while taking the test and no texting while driving)
11) Throw any empty white zin bottles out from the car before arriving for the test, use a breath mint or two if you emptied the bottles while heading over to take the test
12) Look at good-looking men with your peripheral vision (don't take eyes completely off the road)
13) If the guy giving you the test is cute subtle flirting may be in order ---

Remember all of the above and you will be driving in no time ---
Of course, in Miami we do the reverse of everything I have written above in order to get our license. ;D
Best to you!
-Phil

LMFAO, number 11 made me literally laugh!  I'm not really as big a drunk as I play, it's just my persona.  Thanks for the laughter.
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2011, 11:56:35 AM »
Congratulations!

(and practice that parallel parking!)
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9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
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Offline wolfter

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2011, 12:12:14 PM »
Congratulations!

(and practice that parallel parking!)

They don't do that any longer.  You have to drive forward and backwards through some cones or something.
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline Hellraiser

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2011, 01:20:10 PM »
Phil, anyone from Florida giving driving advice is like someone with anger issues teaching people how to meditate.

Florida is the only state I've been where I'm peacefully sitting at a red light while the cuban behind me is honking is horn for me to run it.  What a lovely state.

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2011, 02:01:25 PM »
Phil, anyone from Florida giving driving advice is like someone with anger issues teaching people how to meditate.

Florida is the only state I've been where I'm peacefully sitting at a red light while the cuban behind me is honking is horn for me to run it.  What a lovely state.
That might not have been a Cuban behind you.... it could have been me... we are trained to honk immediately when the light turns from red to green if the person in front doesn't go  ;D

Oh, and using turn signals are a big "no-no" here ------  I figure I will save hundreds of dollars over my lifetime of driving from not having to buy replacement bulbs.....  we also never want the person in the next lane to know that we are coming into their lane, otherwise that person will speed up to keep you from coming over....
Yep, we are some real real friendly drivers down here ------- whenever I go up to Ocala to my mother's place, I have to get used to how polite all of the driver's are.  My brother actually got pulled over up there for not using his turn signal, and the officer told him, "I don't care what you all do in South Florida, but when your in Ocala, we use signals."
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline Hellraiser

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2011, 02:56:41 PM »
No no the light wasn't green it was definitely red.  It was not changing, just red.

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2011, 03:08:16 PM »
No no the light wasn't green it was definitely red.  It was not changing, just red.
Maybe he just thought you were cute  ::)
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline Hellraiser

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2011, 03:11:55 PM »
Maybe he just thought you were cute  ::)

I'm going to stick to my snap judgement and keep my opinion that drivers in florida are universally bad.  In Louisiana we actually let people in and wave hi, because we're real southerners who are friendly not faux southern like you Floridians.

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2011, 03:15:08 PM »
I'm going to stick to my snap judgement and keep my opinion that drivers in florida are universally bad.  In Louisiana we actually let people in and wave hi, because we're real southerners who are friendly not faux southern like you Floridians.
Actually, that's the problem - most people that live in South Florida, are not actually from South Florida - most are from NY, PA, Cuba, Haiti and everywhere else, except Florida. It is rare to meet a native South Floridian.  Although, most consider you a native if you have lived here for more than 10 years (so, I would qualify).  But, I am a polite driver (lol - NOT!) ::)
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline klassykitty

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2011, 06:01:31 PM »
At least in Florida you don't have to worry about coming up behind a horse and buggy when you're doing 50 or so.  We have to drive to drive semi-slow because of the horrible roads here.
 8)
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If you can't eat it or play with it.....
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Diagnosed 01-20-2011
01-23  CD4 32    VL 125,400
02-18        76     VL 189
03-14  no cd4 test done   VL-52
04-14   69  VL-UNDECTABLE  YEA!!
05-26   50  whoopsy  
06-27   71        %-7
08-15   64 WTF %-9 
10-16  80         %7  
2012  CD4  %Thing   VL-UD
01-18  87    7
04-18  93    8  
07-16  151  8         
10-18  83    9    VL-70
2013   CD4   %thing       VL-UD
01-28  121     9
04-24  148    11   
07-25  157    11   
10-22  185    13
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Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2011, 09:15:31 PM »
At least in Florida you don't have to worry about coming up behind a horse and buggy when you're doing 50 or so.  We have to drive to drive semi-slow because of the horrible roads here.
 8)
True - except, some of the cars on the road here (because there is no state car inspections) drive slower than a horse and buggy --- or there is a little old 85 year old person behind the wheel heading to Bingo. :)
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline WillyWump

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2011, 09:40:07 PM »
True - except, some of the cars on the road here (because there is no state car inspections)

What, no State Inspections?

So you are saying I could bring this to Florida and take it out on the roads with no prob? (special note of the rubber chicken in the cage)...


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6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2011, 10:08:51 PM »
They don't do that any longer.  You have to drive forward and backwards through some cones or something.

I had to do that when I did my Ambulance driving test...I killed four cone's reversing... ;)

Best of luck and keep us informed.

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Offline wolfter

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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2011, 08:31:31 AM »
My nephew is finished with college til fall so he is coming from Athens to help me practice and allow me to use his little Ford Focus.  I don't have access to a single small vehicle around here.  Everyone (including my mum) drives those damn 4x4 pick ups.  I am quite worrying about the maneuverability portion.  You have to use your mirrors to back through the course and if you turn around to guide yourself, you automatically fail.  I still suffer a vertigo type sensation when attempting to use mirrors from backing up.  Even in the best of days, I don't think I used mirrors for that! 

Thanks for all the well wishes.  I've had an incredible sense of relief and managed to have a great day yesterday and have another full day planned today.  I think this lack of mobility was taking an emotional toll.  I've already accepted that it might take a couple of times to pass the test so I'm good with that.  It took me 3 times when I was a teenager so I already know I typically suck at driving anyways.
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Re: A much better place today!
« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2011, 07:13:51 AM »
Well, today is the big day finally.  I'm heading to the DMV this morning.  I've kinda been confused by the processes and I have to start over like a "newbie".  I have to go take the written test portion for my "learner's permit".  If I pass that portion, I can immediately take the driving portion if there's an opening.  Otherwise I have to schedule it for another day this week.  

I better get them, I was sure enough to restart my insurance.  I'm totally a nervous Nellie and didn't sleep much last night.  Hoping to do a road trip soon.  WVA, here I come?

Wolfie

edited to add:  I had to wait because my nephew wrecked his little car (see other post).  

reedited to add:  I now have to go back Friday as one of my "documents" wasn't done correctly.  I guess a t wasn't crossed or something?  No wonder people get upset with bureaucrats.
« Last Edit: December 05, 2011, 08:41:27 PM by wolfter »
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