The weather forecast predicted rain, but Friday
morning was clear and cold. Five planes entered thru Puerto
Penasco and one via Ensenada. The return trip was slowed by head
but otherwise uneventful, except for the passengers who flew
in planes without heaters.
There were an unusually large number of people
waiting to be seen upon our arrival Saturday morning. The cold
had also extended into Baja and there were a great deal of
coughs and colds on top of the regular clinic traffic. A young
20 years was brought to the clinic in a coma due to a fall
from a horse. Dr McFarland decided that the young man, Abrahaim
needed to be seen in a hospital situation, asap. Ross Rankin
volunteered to fly and left for La Paz immediately, with
Erin Sparks, Dr. McFarland and Abrahaim. We phoned ahead by sat
phone and an ambulance was waiting upon arrival. The tower
held an Alaskan air flight to expedite Ross and the passengers
in a speedy landing. A Red Cross ambulance efficiently received
the patient and transported him to the hospital. We are happy
to report that the patient is conscious and eating on his
own, but so far is unable to speak.
Myra Cochran, Marilyn Enns, the EMT crew, and the translators
efficiently handled the rest of the afternoon. Approximately
40 medical patients were seen.
The dental clinic saw 54 patients, and had
to reschedule 7. Thanks to George Pallo for the triage.
All the emergencies were seen and a complete
range of services was provided, including denture deliveries and impressions
by Dr. Carl Gilmore. Dr. Dart did most of the fillings and Dr. Grube
the extractions. Erica Carter polished and cleaned teeth while
Larry Cochran was a Jack-of-all-trades.
Did we mention the main generator failed? The back up generator did
not have enough juice to run every thing so Larry ran around
turning off compressors
and other loads so that we could sterilize and operate the suction
a great team and a very productive day in spite of the adverse conditions.
Bonnie Rettegers, with Susan Grube interpreting,
saw the audiology patients in a quiet home up the street and
all was going
well until the
generator failure. Unfortunately, some patients were not able to
be tested by Bonnie
on this trip due to this problem. Our back-up generator was lost
in the September flood. If any one could do so, please donate
for the audiology clinic.
Pilots: Larry Cochran, Jim Gaskin, John Grube, Frank Heinz,
Ross Rankin, Ted Kenney
Audiology: Bonnie Rettegers
MD: Eric McFarland Nurse
Practitioner: Myra Cochran
RN: Erin Sparks
Clinic Coordinator: Marilyn Enns
Translators: Brad Chemelka, Teresita, Dale Dixon, Susan Grube, George Pallo
Burney, Mike Nizec
Helpers: Anna Hume, Hope Howard, Margo Kenney,
Dentists: Carl Gilmore, David Dart, John Grube
Assistants: Ruth Ann Quarles, Melodi Willis
Dental Helpers: Erica Carter, Larry Cochran
Next trip will be February 9th. The preptrip potluck
will be Wednesday, January 31st at the home of Mary and Silvio
here for details »
February volunteers, call Melodi at (805) 736-7123.
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