Seven airplanes made the trip in generally great weather,
except for persistent headwinds in both directions. Several
planes went early and finished the plumbing on the bathrooms
behind the clinic, to the delight of all. Finally, a real
The medical side saw over 30 patients on Saturday,
and, under Marilyn's capable direction, the triage, pharmacy,
lab, and MD's were able to take care of everybody. The doctors
saw an unusual number of complicated
problems and, thanks to the capable translators, Brad Chmelka
and Teresita, were actually able to understand the problems.
The new medic in San Juanico happened to be in the clinic
and provided some essential background on one patient with
a rare connective tissue disorder. It was a real treat to
have Dr. John Thacher return with his dermatology skills,
aided by assistant Kathy Ogden.
The dental clinic was well staffed. An electrical
glitch was fixed by Gene Willis and Larry Cochran, saving
clinic that was stranded without the power. Dr. MacPherson
began with several root canals and was assisted by Patsi
Hodges. Dr. Grube was kept busy filling and drilling, assisted
by Larry Cochran. Dr. Dick Klein was a welcome sight, not
only to our group, but also to the patients waiting for new
dentures. Melodi Willis filled a big need by cleaning teeth.
Gene Willis and Wyatt Burney were in charge of sterilization.
Translation was performed beautifully by Susan Grube and
Donn Zellet. Donn did a great job with triage, as well.
The new bathrooms were a collective effort. However,
no one did more to see that the project was ready at the
the clinic than Bob Nussbaum. Bob was our self appointed
foreman during the interval between clinics. Thanks for your
Pilots: Frank Heintz, Ted Kenney, John Grube,
Larry Cochran, Craig Arcuri, Stu MacPherson, John Thacher
MDs: Eric McFarland, John Thacher
Dentists: John Grube, Stu MacPherson,
RN: Marilyn Enns
Dental Assistants: Larry Cochran,
Melodi Willis, Patsi Hodges
Medical Assistant: Kathy Ogden
EMTs: Mike Niezec, Sandy Burney
Translators: Donn Zellet,
Teresita, Brad Chmelka, Susan Grube
Helpers: Maggie Crosby,
Margo Kenney, Debbie Donley,
Willis, Wyatt Burney, Kim Niezec
Melodi at 805 736-7123.
Trip will be December 7.
Potluck will be Wednesday, November 28 at the home of
Frank Heintz. Click here for details »
This time of year we
try to collect school supplies for the local Cadeje children.
If possible, please bring items to the potluck or arrange
to drop them off at your convenience. Art supplies are
always welcome, as are sports equipment and bilingual dictionaries.
Also, used laptops, even broken, are welcome. We can repair
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