Syncope and first aid training

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I've had syncope since I was in primary school, aged 5 or 6. Along with other situations, anything medical, no matter how small, brings on fainting spells. I was removed from biology class in year 9 because of it. I faint if I get leg cramp, if I read anything in the news or if someone talks about anything medical at all, including fainting...

I'm worried because work wants me to do a first aid course. I had to do it in school and I had to repeat it because I fainted so much. It was humiliating and people thought I was either being overdramatic or that I was a wuss and afraid of blood ("there's no blood involved!" - I know, but you clearly don't understand my condition...). I don't want to have to do it with work, as I know for a fact I'll faint a number of times and I hate fainting - it scares me.

I'm more annoyed because I'd love to be able to help save a life but I've spent my whole life avoiding situations that set me off.

I don't know what to do, does anybody else experience this? Should my workplace be more understanding or am I really just being selfish? I don't want sympathy or special treatment, but I'm human and want to look after myself!

Thanks 😊

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    Hello ciara, I have no idea what your situation could involve. I have Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction bit every person's response is varied and the triggers can come and go. I would strongly suggest you seek medical attention to try and find answers. I also understand your embarrassment as I am trying to be a functioning person who really tries to avoid public situations.

    Good luck and God bless, Ken

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