Once again the forecast predicted rain, but Friday’s weather
was great. Most planes entered through San Felipe. Two planes
stayed on the Cadeje side and five stayed on the Mulege side.
The return on Sunday was uneventful, as the Saturday rain had
moved west. Don Bates and Kathryn stayed Sunday at San Ignacio
Lagoon and went whale watching. They were able to pet a baby
whale! They then returned Monday.
Saturday’s medical clinic was similar in size
to the previous trip; about 40 patients were seen. Myra Cochran
was busy alternating between treatment and triage. Debbie Weinstein
saw patients with multiple problems, some needing referrals south
to hospital services in La Paz. We were glad to see Steve Enright,
after what seems like a long absence. Steve was kept busy with
a full range of problems and conditions, also. Glad to have you
back! The medical side was hampered by a lack of nurses and EMTs,
but, with Marilyn’s direction, things went as well as possible.
The dental clinic saw 54 patients and included
the return of the ever-popular Dick Klein and his denture
clinic. With the generator running smoothly and no glitches
of, the number of procedures preformed was at an all-time
high. This particular dental team has worked together on
and all went very smoothly.
Frank’s van finally found a driver in Schuyler
Gauss and Friend, but the van blew up outside of Guerrero Negro.
Rescue Ross Rankin flew to a strip close-by and picked up the
drivers. An appropriate super- hero logo will be painted on Ross’s
airplane before the next trip. A Balloon expo was held outside
the clinic with Frank and Tobin entertaining the kids. It was
a hit with the kids and parents. Tobin also brought down 4 laptops
and got the schools internet service back to full speed.
Gerry Groff was kept busy in the eye clinic with
35 patients who left with new glasses and smiles… a really
important service that lasts a long time. We were told that the
people who live on the remote ranchos call by radio to find out
when the eye doctor will be there.
Pilots: Don Bates, Larry Cochran, Jim Gaskin, John Grube,
Frank Heinz, Ross Rankin, Ted Kenney
MDs: Debbie Weinstein, Steve Enright
Nurse Practitioner: Myra
Optometry: Gerry Groff
Clinic Coordinator: Marilyn Enns
Translators: Sylvia Soria, Nadia
Van Wingerden, Dale Dixon, Susan Grube, Marilyn Zellet
Helpers: Karen Yule, Anastasia Van Wingerden Kathryn Kiceniuck, Schyuler
Gauss, Andrew Van Gundy
Dentists: Dick Klein, John Grube, Stu Macpherson
Assistants: Ruth Ann Quarles, Roni Macpherson, Larry Cochran
School Computers: Tobin Greensweig
Next trip will be March 9th, or March 8th for Whale Watchers. The
preptrip potluck will be Wednesday, February 28th at the home
of Craig and Kari Arcuri. Click
here for details »
March volunteers, call Melodi at (805) 736-7123.
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