The first time I attended a cardiac arrest, and we saved the person’s life, was the most incredible moment.
The day paramedics saved my nan’s life is the day my life changed too. They were called out after my nan had taken very ill. The situation was very scary, but as soon as they walked in, I was struck by how calm and professional they were. The way they made us feel, and the care they gave my nan, made such an impact on me. It just hit me in that moment that being a paramedic was what I wanted to do.
People often think of paramedics as just first aiders, but they’ve got no idea how much depth we go into on this course. I’ve learnt so much about the body, as well as about illnesses and medications. In my first year I said to my mum, ‘I feel like I’m training to be a doctor.’ It’s not like it looks on the TV, it’s mentally and physically hard work, but it’s so rewarding. The first time I attended a cardiac arrest, and we saved the person’s life, was the most incredible moment. If I could bottle that feeling I’d share it with the world!
Coming to university has been a series of discoveries for me. I failed my exams at school, so I was very nervous about starting a degree. After I’d done my first assignment, my tutor called me in and said, ‘I think you’re dyslexic’. I got sent for a referral and, at the age of 30, I was diagnosed with dyslexia. Edge Hill’s support has been amazing. They put things place for me, like extra time in exams, and I’ve never failed anything since. Once I got the diagnosis all the failures suddenly made sense. I would have carried on struggling for the rest of my life without Edge Hill.
I’ve also discovered a confidence I didn’t know I had. I was very shy when I joined the course and would never speak up or volunteer in practical lessons, but now I’m the first up. I feel like a completely different person.
A couple of years ago I didn’t know I wanted to be a paramedic, now I can’t imagine doing anything else.