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Volunteer Medical and Dental Missions to Mexico

JULY  2009

The July trip made up for not being able to land in June, due to problems with the airport permit. All of that hopefully is behind us now that there is a five-year permit. Only three planes made the trip from Santa Barbara. Weather on the Pacific side was mild, but a little warm on the Sea of Cortez side. The temperature at Calexico on the way back was a toasty 115º.

The medical side was well staffed with Dr. Rosen and Dr Weinstein.  Lydia did medical translating. With a small, yet competent, medical team, the patients, including some from the military camp, were seen very efficiently. One very small 6 month old infant, with complex problems, was referred to DIF, the Mexican family help center in La Paz. This 6 month old was the size of a newborn and needed a host of surgeries, beginning with a septal defect repair for the heart. Bobbie, Harkinan, and Bonnie took vitals and screened patients. Thanks to Marilynn Enns for her terrific management of the meds, seeing that the pharmacy ran smoothly and that patients have what they need while we are away for the summer.

The dental clinic ran smoothly, with triage being done by Eustaquio Aguilar.  John Grube, with the help of Larry Cochran, kept busy with fillings and extractions as did newcomer Michael Carley, with the assistance of Nick Withem. Sterilization was a team effort!!  Fortunately, the dental side was not overwhelmed this month, and we were able to finish at the same time as the medical side.
Wonderfully dedicated Bonnie Rettegers came on this trip and saw many patients. Several were fitted with hearing aids.  Bonnie’s services are always greatly appreciated.

There is a new requirement that pilots complete and submit a form to Homeland Security prior to leaving the US. We will therefore need passport numbers and other additional information on your sign up forms for next year. Current passports will be required.

Pilots: Larry Cochran, John Grube, Frank Heintz,           MDs: Debbie Weinstein. Mark Rosen   
Clinic Coordinator: Marilynn Enns     RNs: Bobbi  Bliss, Bonnie Rosen     EMT: Harkinan Gill     Audiologist: Bonnie Rettegers     Interpreter:  Lydia Ladah           Dentists:  John Grube, Michael Carley
Dental Assistants: Nick  Withem , Larry Cochran          Triage: Eustaquio Aguilar

October volunteers, call Melodi at 805 736-7123.              October trip will be Oct 9th.

            SAVE THE DATE…  *******   SATURDAY,  SEPT 19 ,   AT 1 PM   *******

The PRE-TRIP BARBEQUE and season kick-off will be Sept 19, starting at 1 PM, at the ranch of Robin and Nancy… The Palace survived the fire!!  More info. will follow.

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