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i don't know if this is really brain fog...i've never talked about it to anyone (doctors, i mean). I am taking now my driving license but i find learning to drive so difficult because i am kind of "slow". In some moments it feels like my brain stops working and i need a few seconds to turn left or right (even to say which one is left and which one is right!), it seems like i am slowing down all activities but i never really realied that until i started driving. The teacher told me "you really need all this time to understand what to do? you are not 80!"...i felt terrible. do you think i should take this into consideration now or just wait and see if it is just me being a total failure in driving??
 

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Hi Enrico,:)
My little bit of advice to you would be to maybe see your doctor about the brain fog. Are you seeing a rhuematologist at the moment and if you are mention the driving and see what he says.
Having fast reflexes when you drive a car is imperative. I too suffer from brain fog but my problem is that once I am in the car, I forget where I'm supposed to be going. My driving skills however are as sharp as ever.
You are not a failure as a driver - it's just your brain fog getting in the way. Talk to your doctor about it and maybe get a new driving instructor, this one doesn't sound very patient.:mad:
Take care,:wink2:
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Enrico,

I can't determine if you should drive. I know they can do testing to see if your reflexes are sharp enough to drive safely. My pain specialist told me so..

Brain fog is another issue, and can probably be dealt with another way..Or, try and determine if your feeling "out of it" that day, and don't drive when feeling that way..

I have to do this...sometimes, it will hit me when I am out and that isn't a good thing. I do have to cancel a lot of appts..because, it has become increasingly symptomatic with me.

I do hope you get your license and it all works out for your good, Enrico!

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Dear Enrico,
I am also very slow with anything new. I have held a Licence for a long time now,but I live in a small community which is quite slow so no-one notices me.

Just give yourself time. If you are stupid I am too.
x Lola
 

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Hello enrico :)

Maybe you are one of those perfectly OK people who simply hasn't got an aptitude for driving - but has plenty of other talents. I do think you should get another instructor because remarks like his are uncalled for. They increase the nervous tension there is in learning anything new but especially driving because there is the safety element, which makes mistakes even more likely because you start panicking and freeze. It's even worse if you are the sort of person who expects a lot of themselves and when it's something that everybody else seems able to do effortlessly.

Perhaps you can find a facility like a disused airfield, hopefully to regain your confidence and get a better appreciation if your responses really are slower than they need to be, without the stress of what other people are doing. Maybe there are simulation activities or even PC games that you could try.
I dont know how you could go about getting professional assessment of your responses, presumably a psychologist would do that. There might even be something online.
I do remember a time when I was learning to drive, 43 years ago, when I despaired of ever getting to that degree of automatic actions and response and got so nerve racked, I had to stop for a few months.

Best of luck to you !

Clare
 
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