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The’re ‘driving’ me mad ! … Part 2

Posted by Big John on October 30, 2018

I forgot to tell you that the DVLA advised me that I now .. “satisfy the medical standards for safe driving” .. after being ‘fitted’ with my pacemaker.

So, it’s .. “Hooray!” .. I can keep my driving licence; despite the fact that I am approaching my 80th birthday and am now on a ‘cocktail’ of drugs with a list of side-effects ‘as long as your arm’ !

I’m sorry to bore you with all this medical news; but I must tell you that my pacemaker has had it’s first ‘road test’ and it seems to be doing “what it says on the tin”. In fact, after a couple of adjustments, I was informed that the life of the battery powering the device had been increased to thirteen years.

Now that’s what I call …

… Good News !


5 Responses to “The’re ‘driving’ me mad ! … Part 2”

  1. Hey John, at our age (I’m coming up on 82) we have to take those victories seriously. They’re what we have to look forward to. When my recent bladder scan came back cancer-free I called that “good news.” That will keep me going for a week or two. Good for you.

  2. Betty Adams said

    I decided a while ago that I really shouldn’t be driving. I just didn’t feel that my reflexes were good enough, so my son drives me when I need to go out. Good for you for feeling up to it! Good luck with your pacemaker.

  3. rummuser said

    Congratulations. All the best for the next thirteen years of driving.

  4. ginnie said

    Your good news is ours too … 13 more years to hear your slant on exceedingly important world happenings.

  5. ginnie said

    Hi again John: I just realized that your blog still has my old email address. I hope this comes through since I’ve changed to Ginnie

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