By Blake Jordan, student at Sky View High School
“One more, come on one more! Get there, get there, get there! You can do this!” The physical therapist screams at his rehabilitating patient. The final rep is completed, and thus proves the patient’s physical state has been tested and proved to be improving greatly. The patient feels great physically, and hasn’t been able to work his muscles this hard since the accident, and knows he can get back to performing the usual tasks that he was debilitated from. However, he has an extremely difficult time getting any rest in the evening. Every night he wakes up around 3:30 in the morning, screaming, and cold sweat streams from his pores. His mind replays the final stages before the accident. The desperate honking, the headlights launching towards him—at an incredibly high speed—and the closing of his eyes with no idea of what is to come next.
How absolutely horrifying would this situation be if it were you? You can recover physically, that part is the easy part compared to the long rocky road of the mental recovery. Our brains have the tendency to tie an emotionally challenging event to a certain sight or smell that is chemically tied to that specific event. This is why some smells bring back good memories, or bad memories. Or, what if you see something that reminds you of a hard time suffered years ago, it still flashes in your mind as if it was just happening again. Often physical therapists tend to stay strictly to their title, physical therapy. However, Sharik Peck is very unique, because he almost mainly concentrates on the mental side of recovery. I’ve witnessed Sharik practically blur out a bad memory by mixing chemical releases in the brain at the same time, causing the memory to not be as severe and to help the emotional state of the patient. This experience has completely changed the way I look at the study of medicine and the medical professional field.
I aspire to be a doctor one day, and have taken major strides as a young 17 year old to get there. This will help me to be a more personable doctor. Granted, I’m not planning on going into physical therapy, but the lessons remain the same. All doctors should care about every single one of their patients and help them in a way that is unique to that doctor. This will create an amazing bond between doctor and patient and both will be much more relaxed and comfortable in that environment.
As I head to college, I will have already developed valuable skills in the medical field that most will not be able to say they did. I work at a doctor’s office, working on data entry and billing insurance companies to make sure revenue is generated for the clinic. That is the insurance and billing side of healthcare. I’m also interning for Sharik and seeing the one-on-one actual doctor patient experience of healthcare. I want to express my sincere gratitude to Sharik, and his wife/business partner Cheryl Peck, for granting this amazing opportunity to me and for helping me develop valuable skills in the healthcare world. I’m Blake Jordan. In the winter of 2015, I completed a CTE Internship at Maximum Function Physical Therapy in the field of physical therapy.