No, I didn't drive myself, but I had been driving to and from work (4 miles 1 way, very rural, almost no other vehicles). Trust me, it was fairly easy (as long as I wasn't heading into the sunlight, that is!).
How long ago did you have your bout of meningitis? Mine was the end of summer '08. I chuckled a bit when I read about the "helicopter" sensations. I had them too (like a large ceiling fan was going, only there wasn't one), but also, I have to say, the FlightCare helicopter was landing day & night just across the parking lot outside my room. And as I was in there over Labor Day weekend, they were landing a LOT! I don't think the sensations lasted a long time once they started treating me for the meningitis, but they were there a bit in the beginning. But I was also very distracted by my roommate who had had a stroke and hallucinated a lot, bugs on the ceiling, taking to people who were not there, etc. (Made me feel like the sane person stuck in the insane asylum by error!) My problems seemed so very mild in comparison to hers! But the point is well taken that strange things can happen when your brains are inflamed. (My neurologist said my meninges were "lit up like a Christmas Tree" on my MRI.)
I don't think anyone would disagree with me when I say rest, rest, rest!!! I was constantly devastatingly exhausted. No, exhausted isn't exactly right......that implies you have worked so hard you simply have no energy left. This was a whole new level of exhaustion. It's very hard to describe what it was like. Absolutely drained to the point you are nothing but a shell, weak. Please, you have to rest unapologetically, for as much as you need to. Don't feel guilty, and understand it is your body telling you that you must! And it will help you heal. I have the best memories of my wonderful hubby just holding me while I slept (for months!), and that was the best medicine of all! In retrospect, having a whole month off work during a beautiful autumn should have been great.....and I tried to treat it like a gift, but I was just so scared. Worried I'd lose my position at work, worried my vision wouldn't straighten up , worried, worried, worried. But it taught me some things too, about myself, about my marriage, about my family and friends and acquaintances, about the selflessness of Drs and my terrific nurses!