In all the days of training leading up to my job as a tech, my head was filled to the brim with all kinds of expectations — what I wanted connection to be like between myself and our patients and if people would trust me. I wondered what the patients would be like, if I would be able to answer all of their questions and explain everything… and, of course, if I would be able to do a good job representing myself and Achieve.
When I first started as a TMS Tech, I was both excited and nervous – I couldn’t really differentiate between the two feelings. In my nervousness, I woke up much earlier than I needed to, double checked to make sure I had everything that was needed for each patient, and rehearsed over and over again what we would talk about. With practice, it became more natural and the conversations flowed more smoothly. I quickly became “in tune” with what my patients needed from me and I learned to be more efficient with the treatment process.
The absolute best part about being a TMS Tech is that these patients trust me to walk alongside of them. I learn a little bit about them every day: what their favorite things are, ups and downs, what they love to do, and what they aspire to be. Small talk turns into bigger and more meaningful conversations about almost anything. Well okay, there’s another best part: seeing my patients get better and knowing that they feel better. It’s never a linear journey; these six weeks are full of obstacles and helping people through each one of them is a privilege. The most challenging thing is that everyone is different. Everyone perceives help differently and they want it in different forms. Figuring this out is an obstacle itself, but once we’ve jumped through that hurdle, we’re moving forward.
I am grateful that Achieve has given me an opportunity to move forward on this path that allows me to help others. The knowledge I’ve gained — not just about the science behind the treatment, but also how to treat others with more patience, kindness, and respect — has impacted all of my relationships in a positive way.