The weather was great… tailwinds on the trip
down for all the planes. One plane left on Sunday; most planes
left on Thursday, and two planes left on Friday. One adventurous
SUV drove down, piloted by Sandy Burney. The weather on the way
back was not as cooperative. There were tailwinds for the return
but also some rain for those who arrived in Calexico later in
the afternoon. Three planes chose to stay the night in Calexico.
There was a school screening on Friday. The optometrists,
Dr. Groff and Dr. Nomura, saw both the primary and secondary
students on Friday, then returned on Saturday to screen and
treat the adults. 79 exams were performed. Glasses were dispensed
needed and one referral to a specialist was made.
This service is always appreciated, especially in this remote
Medical Clinic Notes
Dr. McFarland and Dr. Scheib arrived
so early from San Juanico that there were only a few patients
to be seen. Dr. McFarland and Dr. Grube took the mayor, Eustaquio
Aguilar, to the school to show him how to use the internet
so that we could respond to questions about patient care
were away. One of the students showed him how to set up a
Yahoo account using the satellite internet service that our
installed on a previous trip.
On return to the clinic, a crowd had gathered and the planes
from Mulege had begun to arrive. Stacy Norris, a dietician,
saw groups of diabetic patients and
counseled them on good food choices to help with their blood sugar levels.
RNs Nancy Jesse and Christine Snider helped with the overflow
of medical patients.
Thanks to a great team effort, all ran smoothly.
On Friday the Dental Clinic was freshly renovated
by Melodi Willis and the helping hands of Don Zellet, Frank
Heintz and Jim Gaskin.
Saturday, as we arrived from Mulege, we found Dr. John Grube
busy with patients, while Tony Riparetti was triaging. Dr.
Eric McFarland and Sandy
came to help, numbing awaiting patients and extracting loose teeth.
Newcomer Dr. Liza Fartash jumped right in doing extractions.
Don Zellet kept all
patients coming in an orderly fashion, while Tony Riparetti was busy
dental instruments. Scott Gordon stepped in to assist Melodi with cleanings.
all over 30 patients were seen and a good job was done by all.
Joel Chappell and Leslie Valle put on a great CPR-
first aid class in the adjacent town of San Juanico. There
were two sessions,
10 and 2,
with 28 people in attendance. The reception and enthusiasm were
such that additional classes have been requested. Thanks to Tom
the use of their
home as the classroom.
Depart Santa Barbara November 11th Clinic Nov.
Volunteers and pilots for November: call Melodi at 736-7123.
The pre-trip potluck will be held 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November
2nd at the Kenney's. Click
here for map and more info.
Drs: Jim Scheib, Eric Mc Farland Dentists: John
Grube, Liza Fartash, Eric
McFarland Pilots: John Grube, Frank Heintz,
Jim Gaskin, John Goerke, Brian Coryat, Scott Gordon,
Craig Arcuri, Don Bates Dietician: Stacy
Norris Nurses: Nancy Jesse,
Christine Snider, Lola Rosales, Marilynn Enns, Gail
Hurley EMTs: Leslie Valle, Sandy Burney, Joel
Chappell, Jeremy Way
Dental Assistants: Melodi Willis, Sandy Burney Optometrists: Jerry Groff, Taka Nomura
Helpers: Tony Riparetti, Ben Nomura, Beth Flynn, Debbie
Donley Construction: Don Bates, Bob Nussbaum,
Jim Gaskin, Frank
Heintz, Craig Arcuri,
John Goerke, Devin Goerke Translators: Teresita
Carmelo, Don Zellet, Brian
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