I agree with everything Jill says. I had my bleed four months ago and lost lower left peripheral. I think it may be improving but I do bump into things occasionally and it amazes me how my brain has compensated. I was not allowed to drive for 3 months but have recently been assessed and my license returned to me. I live in the U.K. I should say that my vision loss is minor but noticeable. I’m still feeling grateful to be alive and not more severely affected by my bleed. The part about enjoying friends, family is spot on. I’ve also been rediscovering my hobbies like painting, fishing and have even been out cycling today. I feel so lucky. I had radiosurgery a few weeks ago and felt pretty unwell for a while, better now. I do have some headaches where my large AVM is (RHS occipital) and I worry about another bleed, but mostly I don’t let it bother me and just try not to think about it. Life is good!
Finally, addressing the driving point my advice to anyone in this situation is do not try to game the system or avoid being assessed. If the system you live under (Cali, UK, wherever) assesses that you aren’t fit to drive you are NOT FIT to drive. Imagine how you would feel if you cause someone serious harm through an accident. You will not be insured if you haven’t taken the required tests, and you need to inform your insurer of the AVM. I know that’s hard to hear if you rely on your car for work, but you need to also consider the potential consequences.
Wishing you all the best.