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Old 10-23-2013, 04:51 PM   #1
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When to quit?

This year has been challenging driving my rig due to progressive osteoarthritis and lumbago.. I am having trouble turning my head to right and left when I come to intersections. To compensate, I twist in my seat to see and that aggravates my lower back. My wife has noticed I am losing mobility and walking much more slowly. My doc said in 3-4 years I will not be able to drive or walk normally. Getting old is no fun. Have others experienced anything like this?
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:54 PM   #2
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:22 PM   #3
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no i'm not experiencing anything like that yet and hope I never do and I would hate to think I had to give up something I love doing. Can't your wife drive the RV?
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:25 PM   #4
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can i be the first to be a but holes and ask can i have your Rv LOL

i am jking .. but truth.. it was the first to pop in to my mind

you could install a few LCDs and cams on the dash to help you see more to get one more year

but i hope it gets better
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:34 PM   #5
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I quit driving (unless an absolute emergency) on my own. I know I just can't do it anymore. Hard to turn my head, dizzy at times. Luckily I still have a Thom that does the driving and fixing things for me. Been dealing with progressively worse medical things for the last 23 yrs. I wish I could still do what I could even 10 yrs ago but I have (finally) realized that I just can't do things the way I did before.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:39 PM   #6
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When my Dad lost most of his eyesight due to macular degeneration, they downgraded from a Class A to a smaller Class C so my Mom could do the driving. She never liked driving the A, and this move brought them another 6 years of RV'ing.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:42 PM   #7
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Some people, regardless of age, have these issues and find that none standard American health approaches help. Things like yoga, tai chi, acupuncture and certain foods make a difference. It may not completely alleviate the problem but reduces its affect and elevates the quality of life. There's a lot of info out there now and increased interest even online. I've seen classes advertised for increasing range of motion and balance for older people along these lines.
As far as when to quit, that's a decision you have to make considering safety for yourself and others. If you find something like the above that really helps them no don't stop. Main thing is be honest with yourself and don't make some love one have to make the decision for you. That's just makes it more difficult for everyone.
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:49 AM   #8
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When you have your next close call, stop and think how you could of avoided it. The clue is--you probably really need to adjust your driving totally. Too many close calls can only lead to a crash and we don't want to see that. Yes, its horrible to think about quitting but you will know when it has to be.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:39 AM   #10
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Coconut oil

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This year has been challenging driving my rig due to progressive osteoarthritis and lumbago.. I am having trouble turning my head to right and left when I come to intersections. To compensate, I twist in my seat to see and that aggravates my lower back. My wife has noticed I am losing mobility and walking much more slowly. My doc said in 3-4 years I will not be able to drive or walk normally. Getting old is no fun. Have others experienced anything like this?
May I inject this for all to read as it has helped me greatly and for those of you who are contemplating old age in your future this is also a preventative. I shall post a couple of links and then a full list for those who wish a quick read... Enjoy!
BTW I have used it the last 20 years and have nothing but praise for all its benefits and believe me they are myriad

This is something that will augment any medical treatment and will never interfere with meds.
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See Research to read some of the published studies regarding the above mentioned uses of coconut products.
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It is time to quit when:

1. It is no longer fun
2. When your driving is a threat/danger to yourself or others
and you do not have someone else to drive your vehicle.
3. When your doctor recommends it.
4. When family members ask you to stop so they can be closer to you.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:09 PM   #12
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For what it is worth. I am slowly becoming more and more disabled each year.

My darling wife is taking on more and more of the driving and setting up. I now set up the inside,(less work) and she sets up the outside. I drive a few hours and she drives the rest.

She also has taken over the fixing and maintenance. I help by explaining how and handing her tools.

We move less often now but we are still moving.
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:05 AM   #13
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Thanks for comments and suggestions. None of us ever think it will happen to me, but something does for most of us, sooner or later. We went to see my wife's 93 year old mom this week and it was not good. Sleeps in her chair all day, has to be fed, taken to bathroom. Not aware of anything around her. She may know my wife, but not sure. No quality of life. Depressing.
Am giving thought to teaching wife to drive rv! I would probably need to upgrade suspension with trac bar and stronger shocks for her to drive it. I have learned how to live with it after doing the weight and tire pressure adjustment, plus having it realigned and new ball joints with shims helped tremendously. It still is affected by passing semi's and strong wind gusts.
My wife is a fidgety driver constantly twisting and turning in her seat, leaning forward, pushing back, fiddling with radio, blowing her nose, snacking and constantly asking me what is the speed limit. When I am driving I don't talk or listen to radio and she normally reads her Ipad and writes to friends. When she drives the car she turns on radio and then starts talking nonstop. I brought it to her attention again yesterday and she said she needed me to keep her alert and aware of all the turns and speed limits for the trip to her mothers and back that we have done for 42 years. She refuses to drive in the Northern VA and DC 495
beltways, too much stress. I can understand that part, because it is not fun and very challenging even for me. We went 11 miles in 41 minutes in bumper to bumper traffic and it was not even rush hour yesterday around Gainsville VA on 66 and then 29 south. Too many people, too much construction. I can not imagine rush hour.
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Your wife may not have the same driving style as you.

If she is a safe driver, it really doesn't matter.

It is still better than permanently parking the rig.
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