The trip started on a beautiful Friday morning,
with all our planes in the air within half an hour of each other.
Fast Frank had left the day before, of course, not wanting to
risk arriving second to anyone! We made good time, with a tail
wind, but hit dense cloud cover just north of Mulege, and had
to poke through the clouds over the water to land. We had our
pre-trip meeting at El Candil Restaurant. Fortunately, the clouds
lifted that night for a spectacular ride to Cadeje in the morning.
As usual, we were met by half the trucks and half the children
of the town.
The dental clinic was again the busiest.
J.C. Ramirez and Lance Mason were joined by Dick Cline to
see a huge number of patients. Aided by Ruth Ann Quarles, Marilynn
Zellet, Lisa Quick (who was everywhere), and Kristen Avery,
they worked non-stop until about 3:30 p.m.
The medical clinic was humming with three ER docs, Debbie Weinstein,
Eric McFarland, and Bob Gayou. No one is faster than ER docs!!
They were helped by Chris Snider,
DeeDee Clutts, Carola Matera (a fabulous translator), Don Zellet, and Janie
McCaw. Jamie Patton and Lisa Runyen ran the pharmacy like a Swiss
watch, with much less
confusion now that we have an organized formulary. Margo Kenney took blood
pressures while Fast Frank Heintz was acting clinic director,
putting to work anyone who
came in line of fire. Pilots Elwood Schapansky, Jim Gaskin, Tom Koff, Jack
Darian, and newcomers Tom Keenen, and Scott Gordon were kept
hopping trying to keep it
all running. Ted Kenney was makng gas runs, despite an alleged case of pneumonia
(great stamina, Ted!) Jo Duffy helped with the urines and blood sugars. Newcomers
Jerry Goff and Lorane Bailon were trapped in an improvised room down the street
where they fit numerous glasses and obtained prescriptions for many more.
THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT WORK, EVERYONE!!!!!
Pilots: Jim Gaskin, Frank Heintz, Elwood Schapansky, Ted Kenney,
Tom Koff, Tom Keenan, Scott Gordon
MDs: Eric McFarland, Debbie Weinstein, Bob Gayou
RNs: Chris Snider, Janie McCaw, DeeDee Cluts, Jamie Patton
Dentists: J.C. Ramirez, Lance Mason, Dick Cline
Dental Assistants: Ruth Ann Quarles, Marilyn Zellet, Kristen
Lab: Jo Duffy
Optometry: Jerry Goff, Lorane Bailon (tech)
Translators: Don Zellet, Lisa Quick, Carola Matera
Construction/helpers: Margo Kenney, Lisa Runyen, Jim Gaskin,
Frank Heintz (clinic coordinator), Jack Darian
After the trip, Kristen Avery wrote, "I just wanted to let
all of you know how much I enjoyed my first Aeromedicos experience
this weekend… Everyone
in the group was extremely welcoming, generous, and friendly. It was obvious
that everyone’s heart and soul was in the work we were trying to accomplish
this weekend… It was so touching to see small miracles made for each and
every patient. The clinic and the way it was run was truly amazing to me. All
of you did an excellent job!"
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