Narrative Reflection Paper 1

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August 2003, at 0600 in As Sadiyah, Iraq. My unit Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, was preparing for a logistical convoy to Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Al Mugadaiyah, Iraq that was 35 miles away. It was 110 degrees as we loaded the weapons, conducted radio checks, and prepared to leave our FOB we received an emergency call requesting assistance. As we came across a bridge that we crossed almost daily, there was a hole the size of a door on the right side, scorch marks from the explosion. When we pulled into the area of hostile contact, there was four High Mobility Multipurpose Military Vehicle (HMMWV). Laying on the ground outside one vehicle was a young Soldier, as I approached as the Medic…show more content…
The first is the Alarm stage this is when the body initiate the body’s fight or flight response, this releases adrenaline and cortisol. During this phase your pulse rate is elevate, increasing blood flow to the brain, prepares the muskoskeletal system to fight or run. The second phase is the resistance stage, this is when the body’s stress level has been reduced and the body commences to repair damaged tissues, conversely in this stage we are easily more acceptable to injuries, and emotional weaknesses. The third stage is the exhaustion stage, the body no longer has the ability to fight the stress, and this is the point when the body is in stress overload. According to Wade & Tavris, (2017) “persistent stress depletes the body of energy, thereby increasing vulnerability to physical problems and illness.” (p. 396).
It has also been observed that our biological responses are short, these adaptive responses assit our bodies in responding to stress. According to Wade & Tavris, (2017) the hypothalmus initiates the fight or flight response, releasing epinephren and norepinephren. The hypothalmus also activates the adrenal glands to release cortisol.
Extended activation of the stress response can jeopardize our body’s homeostasis, resulting in dysregulation as well as a change in cortisol levels. Cortisol’s has a direct influence on our immune system leading to chronic
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