Five planes departed Santa Barbara on Thursday
morning, with fair weather. Stu and Roni MacPherson left Thursday
from San Diego, with snow levels dropping to 1900 ft. by nightfall.
Tobin Greensweig departed Santa Barbara Friday morning, with
foul weather most of the way. Due to the Baja Bush Pilots’ annual
whale watching trip coinciding with our March trip, there were
more than 70 planes on the Mulege airstrip!
Friday morning everyone flew to San Ignacio for whale watching.
Jim Gaskin and Donn Zellet headed to Loreto Friday afternoon
to meet with the comandante regarding
the permit for the Cadeje airstrip.
We had an excellent volunteer
turnout on the medical side, with two first time physicians, Dr. Gary Greensweig
and Dr. Diana Schwarzbein, who, together with Denise Kircher and Eric McFarland,
were able to see the large group of medical patients by lunchtime. Dr.
Greensweig is a Family Physician from Northern California and
the father of Tobin, who
has been a key member of the Engineers without Borders team
who designed and installed
the solar powered Cadeje Internet system and school computers. Dr. Schwarzbein
is a Santa Barbara based Endocrinologist who grew up in a Spanish speaking
hosehold. She was very helpful in trying to educate the many
diabetic patients we see on
the combined value of diet changes and proper medication. We hope to have
both back with us again.
The dental clinic ran efficiently, with Dr.
George Schneider and Dr. Stu MacPherson filling teeth and
doing a root canal.
Schmidt, from Denmark, joined us and kept busy extracting bad teeth.
Dr. Dick Klein did his usual great job making dentures.
Melodi Willis did several
cleanings. Dentists were assisted by Roni MacPherson and Marilynn Zellet
while Donn Zellet did triage and Karen Yule sterilized instruments.
All patients were seen!
Pilots: Tobin Greensweig, Frank Heintz, Jim Gaskin, Jeff Moorhouse,
Craig Arcuri, Ted Kenney, Stu and Roni MacPherson
Doctors: Gary Greensweig, Eric McFarland, Diana Schwarzbein, Denise
Dentists: George Schneider, Stu MacPherson, Dick Klein, Neils
Nurses: Marilynn Enns, Bobbi Bliss Dental Assistants:
Roni MacPheron, Melodi Willis, Marilynn Zellet
Monticelli, Randall Wright Translators: Dale Dixon,
Donn Zellet, Leanne Elliott
Helpers: Elwood Schapansky, Karen Yule, Margo Kenney
Next trip will be April 21st. Volunteers
should call Melodi at (805) 736-7123.
Pre-Trip Potluck: The potluck will be held on April
12th at the home of Myra & Larry Cochran. Click
here for map and more info.
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