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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18150 on: November 27, 2012, 09:05:33 PM »
She has a neurological condition that causes her heart rate to spike and her blood pressure to drop (yeah, I don't get it either) any time she physically exerts herself or gets excited.  This means that even standing up out of a chair can cause her to pass out.

I'm not a doctor (and I don't even play one on TV), but if you look at it the other way (her blood pressure drops, and then her heart rate speeds up to try to compensate but it doesn't work it kind of makes sense.

It does make sense. Cardiac output = stroke volume x heart rate. When your blood pressure drops the heart has to work harder to keep blood circulating to appropriately perfuse your tissues and it can only do this in so many ways, the easier being speeding up.

I know it's terrifying to lose independence like that, but driving like that might just be itching for a Darwin Award.

I saw a story on the news this morning where an elderly woman confused the gas for the brake and drove right through the front windows of a store...narrowly missing the owner's 16month old son who walked right in front of the door seconds before she plowed through it. Miraculously, the toddler is fine, as is the woman, but she will lose her license and her car.

I hate the idea of losing my freedom when I'm older but I would hate to have the death of another living being on my conscience even more.
It happens all the time.  My parents, residents in Florida for 20 years, said about once a week in their area, more often by the car jumping the curb because the driver has it in 'drive' instead of 'reverse'. It doesn't back up, so the driver mashes harder on the accelerator instead of checking to see what gear the car is actually in. 

I was terrified that one of my own elderly parents would kill someone before they stopped driving, but Florida apparently issues renewal licenses to anyone who still has a pulse.  I think after a certain age (70 sounds good to me) one should have to pass an on-the-road driving test to renew.

There was a recent case here where a person I know well from a fourm was hit by an elderly person who got his feet muddled when driving. She was 36 weeks pregnant and both she and the baby died. Her 2 year old daugher and 3 year old niece were almost hit but her husband managed to grab them and get the out of the road just in time. The driver was fine but I hate to think about the mental scars he'd having after doing that

My Dad non-tragically hit a kid with his car when he was younger...he still seems rather traumatized by it and it must have been 35 or 40 years ago now - and I don't think the kid was even injured beyond a little road rash.

Unfortunately, attempts to lobby for an age cut off where drivers must start being evaluated more regularly (right now, you only have to physically visit Florida's DMVs every 10 years!) has met with a great deal of political opposition.  It's almost impossible to have someone medically restricted unless they have seizures or are prone to passing out.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18151 on: November 27, 2012, 09:44:38 PM »

My Dad non-tragically hit a kid with his car when he was younger...he still seems rather traumatized by it and it must have been 35 or 40 years ago now - and I don't think the kid was even injured beyond a little road rash.

Unfortunately, attempts to lobby for an age cut off where drivers must start being evaluated more regularly (right now, you only have to physically visit Florida's DMVs every 10 years!) has met with a great deal of political opposition.  It's almost impossible to have someone medically restricted unless they have seizures or are prone to passing out.

I can understand that--no one wants to give up their freedom.  I still remember how bitter my grandfather was when he had his license taken away at 88.

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« Reply #18152 on: November 27, 2012, 11:07:56 PM »
A few years back, my father backed out of his garage and sideswiped my car- he just forgot my car was there, and did everything as he normally did. My mother started in saying that he shouldn't be driving any longer, but I thought it was the sort of mistake any of us could have made...it was a very tight driveway, and another inch over and he'd've been fine. Fortunately, though, he sold his car a year or so later.

As for the employee discount- back in the 1950s, my father worked for a packing house that also manufactured sporting goods (think of Cast Away's volleyball). The employees were allowed to buy all they wanted of the company's goods, for the use of their family, at big discounts. The policy was rescinded after sales dropped dramatically in a particular neighborhood, and the company discovered that several employees who lived there were purchasing enough meat to feed dozens, and enough sporting goods to equip several ball teams. They were buying wholesale and selling to their neighbors at a discount, and doing enough business that the neighborhood stores were hurting.

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« Reply #18153 on: November 28, 2012, 12:33:04 AM »
My father is an ophthalmologist, and he says the parking lot at his office is probably the least safe place in town because the DMV never tells elderly drivers they failed the vision test.  Instead, the DMV sends them to the eye doctor for some nebulously defined reason, letting the patients believe they just need some paperwork filled out, and then the doctors have to be the ones to break the news that the elderly patients can no longer see well enough to drive safely.  They often drove themselves to the office, though, so then you have angry and visually impaired senior citizens driving home.

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« Reply #18154 on: November 28, 2012, 05:11:06 AM »
Drivers like this are the reason that Inever walk close to a parked car with a person behind the wheel, and refuse to walk between a wall and parked cars. Too many Darwin awards have been won this way.

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« Reply #18155 on: November 28, 2012, 06:38:04 AM »
It would make sense if we ALL had our driving regularly reassessed. Say, for instance, the first few years you get your license, you have to sit a practical exam every twelve months. Then at five years. Then ten. Keep it at ten years until a defined age (say 60) then reduce it to five years again, then to every year. People get into bad habits that a system like this would help to reduce, and it would be a lot harder to accuse the system of targeting one group or another if both ends of the age spectrum were scrutinised in the same way. .

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« Reply #18156 on: November 28, 2012, 08:40:37 AM »
I seem to choose times/locations where many elderly people shop. I'm always extremely cautious, but have dodged a number of accidents (in parking lots!) due to elderly drivers not knowing/realizing they need to check their mirrors and over their shoulders, so just back out whenever. I have a tiny car, so it's particularly horrifying, especially after I've double-checked my own mirrors before backing out.

I agree, KB. Everyone should get tested after a certain number of years. It really irks me when I see people not signaling or using turn lanes--I failed my driver's test the first time because I didn't use a turn lane (it was a center lane and I couldn't see the lines because it had snowed) so that especially has really stuck with me!

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« Reply #18157 on: November 28, 2012, 08:42:54 AM »
It would make sense if we ALL had our driving regularly reassessed. Say, for instance, the first few years you get your license, you have to sit a practical exam every twelve months. Then at five years. Then ten. Keep it at ten years until a defined age (say 60) then reduce it to five years again, then to every year. People get into bad habits that a system like this would help to reduce, and it would be a lot harder to accuse the system of targeting one group or another if both ends of the age spectrum were scrutinised in the same way. .

I wholeheartedly agree.  The number of people in my city who do not know what a yield sign means is appalling.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18158 on: November 28, 2012, 08:51:51 AM »
There was a recent case here where a person I know well from a fourm was hit by an elderly person who got his feet muddled when driving. She was 36 weeks pregnant and both she and the baby died. Her 2 year old daugher and 3 year old niece were almost hit but her husband managed to grab them and get the out of the road just in time. The driver was fine but I hate to think about the mental scars he'd having after doing that

A co-worker of mine's elderly father confused the gas and the brake while backing up and ended up running over a small child. It was one of those multiple people at fault situations. The parents were letting their small child run loose in the parking lot, the kid ran behind the car,  the elderly driver saw the kid, went to slam on the brakes, and hit the gas instead. The child did not survive.

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« Reply #18159 on: November 28, 2012, 09:04:48 AM »
Years ago, a friend of mine was hit in a parking lot by an elderly man who just didn't look.  Her car was totaled and she had neck/back problems for years.  Turns out the elderly driver was out on a pass from his retirement home, and the staff there were quite angry at my friend for calling the police and going through the insurance - she ruined his 95th birthday!

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« Reply #18160 on: November 28, 2012, 09:18:55 AM »
Years ago, a friend of mine was hit in a parking lot by an elderly man who just didn't look.  Her car was totaled and she had neck/back problems for years.  Turns out the elderly driver was out on a pass from his retirement home, and the staff there were quite angry at my friend for calling the police and going through the insurance - she ruined his 95th birthday!

Oh well!  Birthdays are irrelevant when the birthday boy/girl hits someone with their car!  :o

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18161 on: November 28, 2012, 11:22:12 AM »
I was a pedestrian on a fairly narrow pavement a few years ago (so nowhere else to go) and someone opened a car door into me!  Don't people look?!

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« Reply #18162 on: November 28, 2012, 11:32:37 AM »
Drivers do all sorts of idiot things.  I was taking DD back to her apartment one time, and saw an open parking slot. Because I knew that there was a handicapped spot in the complex I paused for a moment to make sure that the spot I was about to turn into was not that one.

And as I started to turn into it, a car zipped up on my right, between me and the parked cars, and crashed into my right front fender.  His defense?  "I thought you had stopped."  ??? Because if I had stopped to just let her out rather than park, he would have taken off the passenger door at the very least, and possibly killed/injured DD.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18163 on: November 28, 2012, 11:59:07 AM »
I can’t remember if I posted this one or not. I was at lunch with a bunch of co-workers one day and this car kept hitting the front bumper of the car behind him and the rear bumper of the car in front of him as he was trying to parallel park into a space in front of the restaurant. One of the car owners  came running out to his car and yelled that the driver was hitting the two cars repeatedly. The SS driver’s response “I know, there is not enough room for me to park without hitting them”.  “I know, there was not enough room” became a common thread of jokes in the office after that.

Same job, almost the exact same location just in front of our office instead of the resturant next door, different SS driver. One of my co-workers was riding his motorcycle into work. He was suddenly catapulted off his bike and along the pavement under the cars stopped at the stoplight. The reason? A SS driver suddenly opened his door into oncoming traffic and knocked CW off. Thank all that is holy that the driver of the car that he ended up under realized that something had happened and stayed stopped, if he had driven off when the light turned green, CW would have been killed. SS driver was really mad when he got arrested for the accident and made to pay for all the damage to CW bike and his medical bills.

SS driver tried to sue CW for the damage to his car but it was laughed out of court. CW hung his helmet and ripped up bike leathers up in his office as a reminder on how precious life is and how easy it could have all changed at no fault of his.

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« Reply #18164 on: November 28, 2012, 12:23:46 PM »
These car stories remind me of one my former roommate shared with me.

Where we lived, it was all apartment buildings and parallel parking on the street.  And like most streets, it was first come, first serve.  There was nothing even slightly resembling reserved parking.

One day, she parked her car, got out and was getting things out of her trunk.  Suddenly, a man pulled up next to her and got out of his car.  Then, while he was screaming obscenities at her, he slammed the trunk closed.  She very narrowly missed having her hand caught in the lid.

Her crime?  She took HIS parking spot.  He had been driving around, spotted it but had to turn around to come back in the right direction, due to the one way street configuration.  And my roommate was supposed to magically know this.

I don't remember the outcome but I do know she wasn't afraid to speak her mind and I'm pretty sure she gave him a pretty good chunk of it.