Last minute changes kept us busy. We found out from
Dr. Thatcher, who flew down on Thursday, that San Felipe
was out of fuel. This logistical problem caused one plane to
The weather was great for both the trip down and the return.
The town of Mulege was celebrating the 300th anniversary
of the founding of the mission. A car, donated to the Rotary
and Aeromédicos by Ross and Lyndee Rankin, was driven
down by Gary and Sheryl Willson.
Medical Clinic Notes
It was great to have Dr. Tom Kennedy
back. For a while it looked like he was going to be our only
on the trip. However, Ted and Margo talked Dr. Kevin Hutton,
their son in law from San Diego, into joining the trip. Also,
dermatologist Dr. Thatcher and assistant Kathy came and treated
the sun damage of Baja. Myra Cochran, a physician’s assistant,
rounded out the medical side. Once again, thanks to all the
translators, nurses and emts who smooth out the flow… Great
The dental clinic ran smoothly with Dr. Grube
doing the majority of extractions, while Dr. Stu MacPherson
filling cavities. Dr. Dick Klein, whose return was eagerly
awaited, was kept busy on dentures, and Cathie Pare cleaned
help from Skye MacPherson. Triage was handled efficiently
by RuthAnn Quarles. Susan Grube translated. Lyndee Rankin and
Kim Cook did the sterilization. All in all, 37 patients
and a great job was done by all. Thank you!
Karen Brown joined us from the Bay Area
to treat patients with acupuncture. There was a wide gamut
back, arm, knee, and name all the parts of the body, pain
to be treated on these are hard working people. There were
not surprisingly, cases of headache, sadness, and depression.
In Karen’s words, ” It was very similar to what
I see at home. I came back feeling very lucky to have been
of such a great team.”
Tobin Greenswig and helpers moved the internet
repeater to be more accessible to the elementary school.
A wireless laptop
and older digital camera were donated by The Grubes and Tobin
gave lessons to teacher Rafael Hernandez on their use. You
can now contact The Cadeje elementary school by e-mail.
free to write them at
The ladies of Cadeje always fix us a great lunch.
This last lunch was Nobel worthy. Picture a great, fresh,
hot off the grill lobster lunch. Now believe that the delicious
lobster was not even the best part! Bea’s chicken mole
got the most rave reviews. Myra Cochran, who claimed she
never had a
mole she liked, was seen, after her third helping, writing
down the recipe. Others gave the rajas de chile high marks.
Hard to believe its here already. Departing on the
9th. The Clinic is the 10th.
Pilots and interested volunteers for the December trip: call
Melodi at 736-7123 if you have not signed up.
Pre-Trip Potluck: Frank Heintz will host the pre trip potluck,
Wednesday, November 30th. Click
here for map and more info.
Pilots: Craig Arcuri, Larry Cochran, Jim
Gaskin, John Grube, Frank Heintz Tom Koff, Ted Kenney, Ross
Rankin, Roni MacPherson MDs: Tom Kennedy, Kevin Hutton,
Nurse Practitioner: Myra Cochran Acupuncturist: Karen
Dentists: John Grube, Stu MacPhearson, Dick Klien RNs: Kathy
Ogden, Marilyn Enns, Christine Snider, Elizabeth Gilmore, Adri
Feldman, Marci Lang Hygienist: Cathie Pare. Dental
Assistants: Melodi Willis, Roni MacPhearson,
RuthAnn Quarles, Skye MacPhearson
EMT's: Christopher Huntsman, Alisa Monticelli Engineer: Tobin
Greensweig Helpers: Kim Cook, Lyndee Rankin,
Chelsea Snider, Pam Hutton Drivers: Gary Willson, Sheryl
Hutton Translators: Susan Grube,
Adri Lawson, Elizabeth Gilmore.
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