I was really dreading the first aid training: I'm squeamish (to the point of fainting in emergency situations, of which I've witnessed a couple) and the thought of sitting in a room for two days discussing blood and guts filled me with panic. So, determined to actually cope with the course, I rang the tutor (Steve) and explained my worries. He was brilliant. He said that there were others who'd felt the same but had all managed (which helped me feel a bit less silly) and that if I needed to leave the room at any point I could. He said that we wouldn't be 'doing' any blood until the afternoon of day 1 so I knew I could relax a bit in the morning without the fear of any nasty surprises.
Throughout the two days on the course, Steve regularly checked (very discreetly) that I was okay and was hugely supportive. Know what? I only left a couple of times (once for a bit on severed fingers- fair enough) and I actually enjoyed the course. I left feeling that I'd been given thorough training on all the basics.
What I didn't expect to happen was the huge amount of confidence the training gave me. In my role as a nursery manager, I dealt with several bumps (some involving blood) and illnesses calmly as I knew what to do.
Outside of work, my own daughter and a couple of her friends had the odd scrape (one on an eye lid which was a close call on whether a bit of glue was needed or not!) which I coped with well too. These would've instilled panic in me before training.
The most notable incident though was when I was actually walking into work one day and found a moped rider lying in the middle of the road having been knocked off by a driver. There was a small group of witnesses surrounding the casualty and when I asked what had happened, had an ambulance been called (yes) and was anyone a first aider, I was met with head shakes. I said I was first aid trained and you could see the relief on everyone's faces. 'Oh heck', I thought, but instinct kicked in, I ensured the casualty was going to keep completely still, asked him if he had any pain, performed a full top to toe check (praying that there was no blood, of course : ) ) and was able to hand over to the paramedics when they arrived. The guy was okay, thankfully and I was happy to have been able to help.
I cannot recommend Londonsfa first aid courses highly enough! The training has honestly made a difference to my life and I've hopefully been able to make a difference to others.