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  1. syntaxia
    June 12, 2007

    This sounds a lot like me, except the super-sensitivity to rapid flashes. I have general problems with things moving in my field of vision, not even necessarily fast – I found out recently that the speed of clouds is about all I can take. A perfect excuse to lie on the grass all day staring at the sky ;P

    I took the driving test and failed five times, and although this was back in continental Europe where streets are narrower and more cluttered and testing procedures notoriously dishonest, I knew right away that I was in no position to attempt driving. Unless I spend years practicing. But how can you argue against all friends and family who say “This time you will pass for sure! You have to!” as if it was some sort of lottery, completely independent of your abilities…

    (Here through your recent link in [lj username=”asperger”])


  2. Ellen3Davis
    March 3, 2008

    I have a feeling that some of you have experienced seeing patterns on rugs move or having someone wear a spiral patterned shirt that leaves you feeling physically ill. 2 How about being at a meeting when sudden cheers give you migrains or where music and voices of people talking seem like you are under attack. 3 How about when combinations of smells leave you totally unfunctional muntally & physically for more than just hours after the event. 4 How about trying to hear people when you are tired and it seems to you like you are trying to listen to 2 different radio stations at the same time. 5 How about hearing things at different speeds from both ears and processing words or thoughts out os sequence. 6 How about knowing only one way to a place and you have to focus hard to drive there every time. 7 How about reactions so strong leaving is the only option and going out becomes less and less. 8 I was told all of these auditory, sensory, spatial, directional and perception issues can be virally induced in adults. ever hear this before?

    PS can you take the drivers test in a more rural area, or at a lower traffic time of day or the slow day of the week? How about Learn the route in advance and practice parking where you will be tested and take the test in pieces. Try talking to the different testing officers maybe a different one will be more understanding and wont set you up to fail. Most people find the driving test stressful, and talking distracting. With any hearing problem you tend to try to lip read which is not good when driving. So ask him not to chat during your test. Get the directions first then proceed. Deaf people drive too. Around here an officer works with special needs drivers they pass eventuaally with colored glasses (people w dislexia and some Sensory integration issues find it helpful). If they are worked with maybe you will have the same luck.


  3. codeman38
    March 3, 2008

    Ellen: I’ve experienced all of those, and it wouldn’t surprise me if a virus *could* cause them, but as far as I know, that wasn’t the case for me.

    As for driving, I could probably manage to pass the test, but that wouldn’t make me any safer of a driver on actual roads, where I get so overloaded that I’d zone out and likely crash into something I didn’t even notice…


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