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Joel Salinas rushes in to the hospital bathroom and throws up until he’s dry heaving. Washing his face, the third year medical student stares at his pale reflection in the mirror and wills himself to live.

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“When colouring in at cheap air jordans for youth school I was very specific that my B had to be just the right shade of orange and that my number one had to be yellow,” he says.

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However, his colour associations cheap jordans for adults also helped him remember information making him “a whizz at vocabulary and spelling”.

cheap jordans online Salinas struggled to fit in with his peers and remembers asking his mother why nobody liked him. One problem was that cheap jordans 2014 he was too forthcoming with where can i get jordans for cheap hugs. cheap jordans online

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cheap jordans sale Salinas realised as dirt cheap jordans a teenager that making others feel better made him feel better, due to this shared sensory experience. He found he was drawn “to healing people” and decided to pursue a career in medicine. cheap jordans sale

He hadn’t talked about his experiences up to this point as he had cheap air jordan sneakers just assumed everybody experienced the world the same way. However, on cheap jordans wholesale free shipping a college trip to India in 2005 Salinas discovered this wasn’t the case. When a fellow medical student described a group of people who perceived colours with letters, Salinas remarked that this was the case for most people.

“He looked at me and said: ‘That’s absolutely not the case for everyone,'” Salinas says.

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“The mirror touch pain was most cheap jordan 10 vivid at medical school when I began to see the extremes of physical trauma,” Salinas says.

When he watched a teenage boy on an cheap jordans usa operating table he felt the incision as if it was slicing into his own cheap and real jordans abdomen, followed by the “hot and writhing experience” of seeing the boy’s internal organs.

It all came to a head on the day a patient died, and he found himself vomiting in the hospital bathroom. He realised he had to find coping techniques if he was to make it as a doctor.

cheap adidas Salinas found mirror touch sensations were more vivid when he was surprised or if the person he observed was physically similar to himself. So he started to prepare himself for such situations. cheap adidas

“I focused looking at a patient’s sleeve or collar, or on grounding myself in my own body,” he cheap jordans kicks says.

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“Being in hospital can be very lonely for the patient and being able to in some way inhabit the same space means a lot.”

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