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    (Original post by LadyEcliptic)
    Unfortunately not. I wish there was but I've looked hard and nothing. It qualifies you for EMT but not paramedic. As I said, there is not much opportunity to study good courses here.

    I have, and unfortunately they can't for one student even after I've explained about phobia and finances.
    I will find a way over, I don't mind travelling for a long time, it's just money at the moment!



    Tried, because I have to do a driving test there I can't try any other forms of communication :/
    So how do people qualify to be a paramedic in Southern Ireland? Is it based around being an EMT then working your way up rather than qualifying through a degree? I'm just asking out of curiosity, because obviously paramedics exist in Ireland, and they can't all train in other countries?
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    LadyEcliptic I'm sure you've already considered all these other routes but just in case... what about NI's Paramedic-in-Training?

    http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/paramedic
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    LadyEcliptic I'm sure you've already considered all these other routes but just in case... what about NI's Paramedic-in-Training?

    http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/paramedic

    As I said before, I contacted NIAS about the possibility of joining/training but as stated above their training programme is under review at the moment and will be for a while, but there hasn't been an opening for 6 years and there hasn't been a job opening in 10 (according to them and a few paramedics I managed to get talking to)

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    So how do people qualify to be a paramedic in Southern Ireland? Is it based around being an EMT then working your way up rather than qualifying through a degree? I'm just asking out of curiosity, because obviously paramedics exist in Ireland, and they can't all train in other countries?
    Yeah everyone trains in England and comes over. Their training is under review for Northern Ireland and it's the same in the south, you have to apply for the job down south and train with the fire brigade but the last opening was 2010 and the course is also under review so it's not an option at the moment :/
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    I'm from Ireland and before going to university in England I had a huge fear of planes... Even a plane flying high above me gave me a panic attack.
    But I was determined to move to England and found that flying alone actually helped me get over my fear as I didn't want to make a scene when I'm by myself.
    You just have to talk yourself onto the plane and once that's done there is no going back.
    Face your fear head on and you might be surprised at what you can achieve or else be stuck in Ireland forever.


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    (Original post by LadyEcliptic)
    From Rosslare to Fishgaurd it's £300/400 (it goes up in price the later you leave it) As I live up in Northern Ireland I have to also travel from Tyrone to Wexford which is a fair distance unfortunately :/
    I'm from Tyrone also! But seriously don't give up on planes I wasted years not going anywhere and it only takes 1 hour by the time the trolley goes up and down it is over.
    I will only fly easy jet and use the service at least 12 times a year now such can vouch for its safety as I'm still alive I can't even remember any sort of bad turbulence.


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    Could you see a doctor for a small prescription of propranolol and a benzo? Take the benzo (or a Z-drug, if they're willing) beforehand, sleepytime.
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    Could you see a doctor for a small prescription of propranolol and a benzo? Take the benzo (or a Z-drug, if they're willing) beforehand, sleepytime.
    Too short of a flight for that.


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    Too short of a flight for that.


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    I know it's short, but they should be wakeable (if only after everyone else has got off). The z-drugs may be a bit iffy (due to the sleepwalking etc), but I don't see any problems with a benzo - you can stay up on one without issue, albeit with a little tiredness/very light fogginess.
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    (Original post by JoeTSR)
    Could you see a doctor for a small prescription of propranolol and a benzo? Take the benzo (or a Z-drug, if they're willing) beforehand, sleepytime.
    I was given Diazepam but I'm also on meds for depression/anxiety so I didn't react very well to it.

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    I'm from Ireland and before going to university in England I had a huge fear of planes... Even a plane flying high above me gave me a panic attack.
    But I was determined to move to England and found that flying alone actually helped me get over my fear as I didn't want to make a scene when I'm by myself.
    You just have to talk yourself onto the plane and once that's done there is no going back.
    Face your fear head on and you might be surprised at what you can achieve or else be stuck in Ireland forever.


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    See the thing is, I'm still dealing with a past trauma (totally not related to planes) and my anxiety/depression is pretty severe at said moment.

    I was supposed to go to Liverpool twice (once by myself, other with family) and took a week long panic attack. A frickin week or non stop crying and no eating.

    I really want to go and try plane but even going stepping into the terminal ****s me over so that's why, at the moment, flying isn't an option unfortunately. I hope it will be in the future and I'm looking in to programmes and stuff to help with the phobia :/
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    (Original post by AccountingBabe)
    Too short of a flight for that.


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    It actually depends on the doseage of the medication and what it is.

    I was given 5mg and it kept me awake, but when I was younger it knocked me flat out :L
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    (Original post by LadyEcliptic)
    I was given Diazepam but I'm also on meds for depression/anxiety so I didn't react very well to it.



    See the thing is, I'm still dealing with a past trauma (totally not related to planes) and my anxiety/depression is pretty severe at said moment.

    I was supposed to go to Liverpool twice (once by myself, other with family) and took a week long panic attack. A frickin week or non stop crying and no eating.

    I really want to go and try plane but even going stepping into the terminal ****s me over so that's why, at the moment, flying isn't an option unfortunately. I hope it will be in the future and I'm looking in to programmes and stuff to help with the phobia :/
    I totally get the week long panic attacks but you just need something that you want so bad that it makes you kick the phobias butt.
    I totally get it though.


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    (Original post by LadyEcliptic)
    I was given Diazepam but I'm also on meds for depression/anxiety so I didn't react very well to it.
    Been there

    Could you ask for a different benzo? My first choice would be alprazolam, second lorazepam, third temazepam. Diazepam doesn't seem particularly suitable, that'll last 2 weeks or more (the listed ones range from 10-20h half life). What were the side effects?

    Are you on beta blockers?
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    I currently live in South Wales and I can tell you it's amazing. But there are alternatives to train fares. Look at a mega bus or national express especially as a ticket from Cardiff to London is only £14 return (€18) Look how much to travel from the to one of the UK cheaper Airports or docks . Mega bus is a life saver as you can get one from Cardiff to Swansea

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    (Original post by AccountingBabe)
    I totally get the week long panic attacks but you just need something that you want so bad that it makes you kick the phobias butt.
    I totally get it though.


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    I know. Just at this very moment, with depression, I don't want anything -.- (but deep down, I really really do as it's a career I'd love to do)
    It's just going to take me longer. Unfortunately I've never had the opportunity to travel out of Northern Ireland before by boat or plane (Dublin has been the furthest I've been!)
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    (Original post by JoeTSR)
    Been there

    Could you ask for a different benzo? My first choice would be alprazolam, second lorazepam, third temazepam. Diazepam doesn't seem particularly suitable, that'll last 2 weeks or more (the listed ones range from 10-20h half life). What were the side effects?

    Are you on beta blockers?
    Was on beta blockers, didn't agree with me :L

    I'm on Levothyroxine, Mirtazepine and Citalopram.
    I'd love to ask but my doctor isn't the best. It took over a year of persuading just to try me on something different -.-
    Looking into changing doctors though as they aren't being helpful at all.
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    (Original post by Josh99evs)
    I currently live in South Wales and I can tell you it's amazing. But there are alternatives to train fares. Look at a mega bus or national express especially as a ticket from Cardiff to London is only £14 return (€18) Look how much to travel from the to one of the UK cheaper Airports or docks . Mega bus is a life saver as you can get one from Cardiff to Swansea

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    Wales looks amazing so it does
    I am currently looking into a mega bus for travel at the moment, so will see what that comes up with but it looks good, thank you
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    (Original post by LadyEcliptic)
    As I said before, I contacted NIAS about the possibility of joining/training but as stated above their training programme is under review at the moment and will be for a while, but there hasn't been an opening for 6 years and there hasn't been a job opening in 10 (according to them and a few paramedics I managed to get talking to)



    Yeah everyone trains in England and comes over. Their training is under review for Northern Ireland and it's the same in the south, you have to apply for the job down south and train with the fire brigade but the last opening was 2010 and the course is also under review so it's not an option at the moment :/
    That sounds ridiculous =/ surely they're setting up a situation where there will be a massive shortage of paramedics in Ireland in the future?

    I hope you find a way of getting to your interview, and good luck with everything
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    (Original post by LadyEcliptic)
    Wales looks amazing so it does
    I am currently looking into a mega bus for travel at the moment, so will see what that comes up with but it looks good, thank you
    It's a long shot but it's worth a look on https://www.blablacar.co.uk/ too

    If you can find someone who is going on the ferry the days you're looking at that could get you across for less than a walking passenger fare and/or you might be able to get a lift that cuts out some of the transfers/faff around train trips.

    Also http://www.seat61.com/NorthernIreland.htm#.Vs7lFPmLS2w is worth a look (and is worth a look anyway if you've got any interest in travelling the world without using planes )
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    (Original post by LadyEcliptic)
    I was given Diazepam but I'm also on meds for depression/anxiety so I didn't react very well to it.



    See the thing is, I'm still dealing with a past trauma (totally not related to planes) and my anxiety/depression is pretty severe at said moment.

    I was supposed to go to Liverpool twice (once by myself, other with family) and took a week long panic attack. A frickin week or non stop crying and no eating.

    I really want to go and try plane but even going stepping into the terminal ****s me over so that's why, at the moment, flying isn't an option unfortunately. I hope it will be in the future and I'm looking in to programmes and stuff to help with the phobia :/
    Without wishing to sound harsh, are you sure you are in the right frame of mind for paramedic training at the moment? It is not a job which sits very well with this level of anxiety.

    From the point of view of fear of planes, if your local airport runs a course in overcoming fear of flying then I heartily recommend them. The transformation in one of my friends is truly a modern miracle.
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    (Original post by LadyEcliptic)
    Was on beta blockers, didn't agree with me :L

    I'm on Levothyroxine, Mirtazepine and Citalopram.
    I'd love to ask but my doctor isn't the best. It took over a year of persuading just to try me on something different -.-
    Looking into changing doctors though as they aren't being helpful at all.
    Ah, ok. Yeah, you could always try seeing someone else, as long as you emphasize you only want a very short term prescription (ask for the lowest amount they can possibly give, you only need two, maybe a third to use in advance as a tester).

    When you say they don't agree with you, could you be more specific? For the diazepam, was it just grogginess etc? And the beta blockers, anything specific?

    If they've already prescribed diazepam before, I can't see something shorter acting being a problem, it's not like antidepressants where you have the risk of SSRI discontinuation syndrome. You could get a room somewhere so you don't have to have interviews while on the benzo.
 
 
 
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