As many of you know I value my independence especially when it comes to driving. I will happily jump into my car and drive to see my Grandad, Mother, sister and friends safe in the knowledge I have never ""gone off"" in the car. Today I had a bit of frightening experience. About 10 miles into my drive home from Grandad's (45 minute run dual carriageway all the way) chest threw a sudden and not exactly minor wobble. I pulled straight over into a lay-by and had a neb or 2, whilst I was sitting there hoping that this was just a normal blip I wondered if not how the hell I was to going to let someone know. If nebs had not worked or got worse there would have been no-way I could have made a phone call, I certainly would have been beyond coherent texting. There would be no point in dialling 999 cos I would be beyond speaking. I would have to hope someone noticed me slumped over the steering wheel I guess. Thankfully it was one of those a couple of B2B nebs and I was feeling better and I waited until I was sure I was OK then before setting off again and I called home to let them know I had not been so good and where I was at the time so if they got a odd phone call they could at least roughly guess where to tell an ambulance to head for, if they got a silent call from me. This is all well and good on a run to my grandads if people know what time I have left it is easy to work out roughly where after so many minutes and it is always the same route. But when I go to see my sister in Bournemouth the traffic can mean that it can take anything from 2-3 hours, when I visit my mother I choose my route when I see how bad the traffic is I have a choice of 4 routes and I vary them a great deal. How on earth can I get round the problem of getting into trouble whilst driving and letting someone know, without giving up my independence.
Maybe I am blowing this out of all proportion but I have never had such a sudden and ferocious attack whilst doing nothing more than driving before and it made me feel quite vulnerable.