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  1. Alternatives to SC?

    Just a little update for all those who have made very helpful suggestions - I've registered my interest for this position within my police force and can only cross my fingers that I'll be able to reapply at a later date thanks again guys!
  2. Alternatives to SC?

    Thank you I did speak to the fire service and they gave me the usual "can't comment on individual cases" speech. My cardiologist has since written a report to the OH dept for my force and I'm more confused than ever, the content was very different to the conversation I had so I'm waiting for an appointment with another cardiologist for another review. I think the next conversation I need to have is whether I can reapply if my condition remains stable/improves for X amount of time.
  3. Potter's Police Videos

    And when he does get himself in trouble, who will be there to save him? Oh yeah, those officers that are so bad at their job
  4. Quick and Easy Food

    I work 45 hours a week, volunteer for a mental health crisis line in the evenings and somewhere in there am finding time to train for a marathon. Time is short and nutrition important with the marathon just 11 weeks away...! My usual strategy is to spend a couple of hours cooking (usually on a Sunday as that's my quietest day), portion, label and freeze. I do this each week, 2 or 3 dishes a week, 6-8 portions and I've got quite a selection very quickly. But if you don't currently have a freezer that's not much use! My slow cooker is a life saver. Chuck it in in the morning, it's cooked and ready to eat when I get in. The remainder (I'm the only veggie in the house!) then gets portioned and frozen. Things like frozen veg and frozen fruit are great. Zap the veg in the microwave for 2 minutes and it's done. Frozen fruit will defrost very quickly when stirred into hot porridge. Then there's the convenience stuff. Microwave rice and now microwave pasta are great. Even I can manage to wait 2 minutes for that to cook without gnawing my own arm off. In short, you need a freezer!
  5. Medical woes

    Well what a pickle this has turned into thanks to my cardiologist writing an untrue and in parts made up report
  6. Alternatives to SC?

    I have looked into the retained firefighter role and I know they do use them a lot where I live (my local gym even has an alarm system for them!) but I'd have thought that they'd have even stricter medical criteria than the police force.
  7. Alternatives to SC?

    I have never considered anything medical except my attempt to join St. John Ambulance service when I was a student. I have a phobia of people vomiting so it didn't last long! I say "have" - that should be past tense as I have had very effective treatment for it in order for me to become a special... ah well! I'd never considered search and rescue services, probably because I was massively overweight and unfit (again, fixed that so I could become a special!) but I think I'd definitely be up for looking into that, particularly if there's a potential for working with search and rescue dogs (my day job is animal focused). I live quite rurally so it may well be something relatively local. They do have a number of volunteer roles, I've checked regularly over the last few years. CCTV operator is one they offer and I've been interested in in the past, but having spent an afternoon in my local CCTV office to see what goes on behind the scenes (I did a Ride Along and there was a lot of "CCTV have said X and CCTV have seen Y & Z" I decided to find out who these mystery people were) but just a couple of hours looking at all the screens and moving cameras etc. made me feel incredibly unwell. The only other things on offer seem to be Cadet roles and the occasional VIPER chaperone position. Some suggestions I'd not have thought of too, so thanks I already volunteer for a local mental health crisis line and have just been "promoted" to a supervisor role so that'll keep me out of mischief for a while but once my inevitable SC rejection comes through I'll have a look into the alternatives suggested.
  8. Alternatives to SC?

    After sailing through the entire recruitment process and getting ready to put my feet up and wait for vetting, my application has been rejected on medical grounds due to the very poorly timed discovery that I have a heart condition. I've spoken to my force occupational health dept. and they have agreed to reconsider and speak to my cardiologist who has no concerns regarding my ability to join - I'm very fit and healthy, it was a chance discovery that could have gone unnoticed for another 30+ years. I'm not holding my breath though and I'm bracing myself for rejection and given that there's no cure (other than a heart transplant!) it will mean that I can't ever apply again. So I'm wondering if anyone can suggest any alternatives I could look into? I've looked into becoming a restorative justice facilitator and a volunteer appropriate adult in the past's not even close really!
  9. Medical woes

    Just feeling the need to moan a bit...! I've successfully completed the recruitment process for my local force and was just waiting to cruise my way through the vetting process, when I've been diagnosed with a heart condition simply because I pushed my my GP to investigate one episode of palpitations knowing that there are genetic heart conditions in my family. Turns out I've got one. At the worst possible time - I passed my medical assessment 3 days before my diagnosis and now it looks like it my all be over... I've been told that the FMO will make the final decision, the people at occupational health were very good as I'd obviously disclosed that I was under investigation, I've forwarded my MRI report and I've pre-emptively signed forms so they can contact my cardiologist if needed but I'm not feeling hopeful. Can you appeal a rejection on medical grounds if it comes to that?
  10. I actually have a bald patch
  11. Yeah we got nice and warm from the run and then sat and froze doing the screening. I've not long got home, been a long morning! I guess the rest of it is kind of out of our hands now (except the dreaded BMI!!)
  12. I'm going to the hairdressers next week, going to have to pre warn them so they don't accidentally make it obvious! How was it?
  13. Yep and had a drastic hair cut from the drug test man
  14. I'm up, after 2 hours sleep and just hoping that after the relentless rain all night, the roads aren't too flooded!