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08/07/2018 11:15:52 PM · #1
Just turning 75 so I went to doctor for my medical and was failed on Medical grounds
so after 60 years I am on Shanks Pony. I am just getting used to this and the huge difference it will be making to my life. I already feel like a prisoner in my home and the restrictions I will be forced to endure as I was the sole driver in our house

Anyone else in this predicament and how do you cope .
08/07/2018 11:22:42 PM · #2
How about a bicycle?
08/07/2018 11:38:33 PM · #3
Ever add up how much it costs you annually to maintain, fuel, and insure your automobile? Whatever it was, divide it by 12 and that's how much you have per month to hire a ride as needed. I don't know if you have friends who you do recreational/social things with, but if you do and any of them can still drive, there's a ride. Do you have a nephew/niece or grand-nephew/niece who wants to earn extra cash by chauffering you for a few hours every now and then? I'm sure you've looked into what sort of senior citizen door-to-door service is available in your vicinity. Here on the Cape it's quite extensive, but we are heavily skewed towards the elderly in our demographics.

I feel your pain. None of these are ideal solutions. Loss of freedom/mobility is a major blow. It's likely to be happening to me sooner rather than later, so I am preparing myself mentally.
08/07/2018 11:56:09 PM · #4
I can imagine it would be frustrating not being able to just go when you need to go. But Uber and lyft are big around here and much more affordable than cab drivers. They usually can come within 10 min of calling one.
08/08/2018 01:06:19 AM · #5
I am so glad the others chimed in. I had NO IDEA what the problem was. Ha!

Hang in there, Nick!

I suspect that soon you'll get used to being chauffeured around and wonder why did you ever drive yourself anywhere! :D

08/08/2018 01:19:34 AM · #6
Nick, I'm really sorry that you've had your wings clipped. I don't know where you live, but if rural, I'm sure that will be difficult. Hopefully you can get help from others and that you find adjusting not as hard as might be anticipated.
Apart from that, happy 75th birthday.
08/08/2018 01:29:12 AM · #7
electric bikes are the thing here, though you won't without some trouble be able to take your dog to the party on one.

it is a sorry thing that the automobile has become so essential to our sense of personal agency.

I confess I am making plans for a much simpler life...
08/08/2018 02:17:22 AM · #8
Thanks to all of you for your input, My daughter will help but she works full time, my neighbor has we co ordinate ur trips to the supermarket and he can drive my car. which is a good idea
08/08/2018 02:35:39 AM · #9
Well I have never driven and find cars to be a burden.
Walk, cycle , buses , trains , and occasional taxi is how I move around and I would not want it any other way.
Embrace your new freedom.
Never again will you have to find parking , pay huge sums, stay sober etc etc etc
08/08/2018 02:38:03 AM · #10
One of those terribly difficult adjustments. But it sounds like you've got a handle on things.

Happy BD!!
08/08/2018 02:56:37 AM · #11
Well I'm quite surprised to find out you are 75, Nick! Since you don't have your age on your profile, I just always had the impression you were in your twenties for some reason. Maybe it's the beak. ;-) Well I am sorry to hear that you've effectively aged 50 years overnight. The driving thing sucks, too, but sounds like you will be able to work it out. Happy Birthday!
08/08/2018 10:06:37 AM · #12
Open a driving school. Charge kids to learn whilst driving you around.
08/08/2018 10:24:15 AM · #13
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Well I'm quite surprised to find out you are 75, Nick! Since you don't have your age on your profile, I just always had the impression you were in your twenties for some reason. Maybe it's the beak. ;-) Well I am sorry to hear that you've effectively aged 50 years overnight. The driving thing sucks, too, but sounds like you will be able to work it out. Happy Birthday!


Thank you Art for my early morning giggle! Happy Birthday Nick, I know you will work through this tough time and come out the other side with a new lease on life!
08/08/2018 10:37:32 AM · #14
Like, Art, I too am surprised at your age. You do appear younger in your profile picture. I am sure it is a tough pill to swallow. My father, 86, does not know it yet, but his children have met and decided it is time for him to be chauffeured rather than drive. But, ride sharing services like Uber are good in his area. Good luck with your transition.
08/08/2018 12:17:27 PM · #15
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

Open a driving school. Charge kids to learn whilst driving you around.

This is why I come to DPC for advice on anything. Out of the box thinking. :)
08/08/2018 05:36:17 PM · #16
thanks all,you guys are marvellous and I feel bouyed up,have just found out from Aged Concern that I can get 1/2 price taxis. My sister in law is coming down from Palmy and taking my wife shopping!! so the mastercard could take a bit of a bashing !!

I have an appointment for a head scan next thursday so hopefully this will show the story on what is going on in my head .I saw a very knowlegable Dr. last week and he
said he can control the problem with medication so good news there it makes things less scarey
08/08/2018 06:23:05 PM · #17
Hang in Nick. Happy to hear about the taxi fares, aging has to have some perks now and again. As Robert said, the costs will not be as much as driving. Wishing you the best on the next Dr. visit.
08/08/2018 07:48:51 PM · #18
Heu, there ya go! Can't keep a good Nick down, innit?
08/08/2018 07:57:21 PM · #19
Good stuff Nick I wish you well an all
08/08/2018 08:36:49 PM · #20
Much better to see the Dr and get good diagnosing and treatment than to just worry about what might be going on! Glad you have a good Dr at your disposal.

The best news is that you don't need to drive to continue to take great photos.... just a flexible shutter finger and an eye for the beautiful or interesting, so you can continue to share your photos with the world at large here at DPC! Every door that closes opens yet another that was unimagined.
08/08/2018 10:24:19 PM · #21
Nick, best wishes to you & your family. Head up! Tail up!

Where I live (US) a drivers license is an accepted form of picture ID. But only if it's not expired. We kept my Mom's drivers license active for years after she quit driving. We had the option to get a non-drivers license, but I think my Mom liked to think she could drive if she wanted to (& could find the keys).

ID is important, & can be critical. So my free advice is, keep your drivers license up to date, even if you don't need it to drive.

Message edited by author 2018-08-08 22:32:52.
08/08/2018 10:42:49 PM · #22
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

Open a driving school. Charge kids to learn whilst driving you around.

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

This is why I come to DPC for advice on anything. Out of the box thinking. :)

Out of the box my eye.... That's MY backup plan!
08/09/2018 01:33:37 AM · #23
Originally posted by pixelpig:

Nick, best wishes to you & your family. Head up! Tail up!

Where I live (US) a drivers license is an accepted form of picture ID. But only if it's not expired. We kept my Mom's drivers license active for years after she quit driving. We had the option to get a non-drivers license, but I think my Mom liked to think she could drive if she wanted to (& could find the keys).

ID is important, & can be critical. So my free advice is, keep your drivers license up to date, even if you don't need it to drive.


Yes you are right ours also are photo id and have morphed into unofficial ID.
08/09/2018 12:17:55 PM · #24
While feeling for you, Nick, your loss of maximum flexibility, I'm heartened to hear that you're pursuing medical treatment and alternative ways of getting around. Lots of great feedback from the DPC fan club. One thing I've long noticed about your photographs is how you revel in everyday, domestic life. Feelings of intimacy and empathy shine through. So though your wider travel may be limited, your imagination and access to wonderful imagery are readily at hand, and you can use all that freely and with abundant satisfaction. You got that covered. The rest will work out.
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