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Volunteer Medical and Dental Missions to Mexico

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April  2010

Weather was generally good in both directions. There was a threat of rain Sunday afternoon, so all planes left early on Sunday and returned well ahead of the storm.  Sunday night, between 9:30 pm and midnight, a majority of the trip participants came down with nausea and diarrhea. One participant had a stool sampled on Monday and the results showed none of the “usual suspects”.  The symptoms and the sample point to a viral infection from Cadeje, possibly a Norovirus, also known as “cruise ship virus”.  There have been reports of “stomach flu” in San Juanico and Cadeje during the past three weeks.  Everyone recovered without any serious problems, except maybe missing a day of work on Monday.
The medical side of the clinic ran at a good pace. The flow was steady and the clients were met and triaged by Susan Grube.  They had vital signs taken by Nancy Callahan and Margo Kenney.  Carlo Garcia took turns taking vital signs, working the lab and translating. The patients were seen by Dr. Ben Shadle and Dr. Debbie Weinstein, with Lydia Ladah helping with translation. They finished off at the pharmacy, run by Pat Burkard, RN, and Patsi Hodges. Myra Howard-Cochran filled in where help was needed. All in all, it was a very successful clinic.

This was Dick Klein’s last regularly scheduled dental clinic. He delivered all but two cases and will not, unfortunately, be doing our dentures next year. We know he cannot be replaced, but if someone knows of a substitute, we would appreciate the help. Stewart Beach, from Sacramento area, was a huge help doing extractions with great efficiency. The other Stu, MacPherson, did three root canals and some fillings, while John Grube did fillings and some extractions. Larry Cochran was both a dental assistant and dental clinic organizer/ “go-to” person.  Don Zellet did his usual great job with triage and Marilyn assisted both Dick and Stewart Beach, while Roni kept Captain “Mac” on task. Karen Yule did the  important job of sterilization.

Pilots: Larry Cochran, Mac Brown, Jim Gaskin,  John Grube,  Frank Heintz, Roni MacPherson, Terry Rahe RNs: Nancy Callahan, Pat Burkhard, Patsi Hodges   MDs: Ben Shadle,  Debbie Weinstein Clinic Coordinator: Myra Cochran     EMT: Carlo Garcia   Helpers: Karen Yule, Bradley, Margo Kenney  Interpreters: Susan Grube, Marilyn Zellet, Don Zellet, Lydia Ladah          Dentists: Dick Klein, John Grube, Stu MacPherson, Stewart Beach      Dental Assistants:  Roni MacPherson,  Larry Cochran, Marilyn Zellet      Engineering: Robin Gauss

We need an OPTOMETRIST for the May or June trip!
MAY TRIP...  Friday,  MAY 14.     Volunteers, call Melodi at 805 736-7123.               

POTLUCK… May 5,  6:30 p.m.,  at the home of
Antonia and Raul Guerrero 
793 N. Ontare Rd
Map to their home is below.

Note: There is no street name at their corner. It is between Langlo and El Arco Drives, however.
Please note that there is no parking on their street, except for a few places in the cul-de-sac near the house. Overflow parking can be found by Langlo (see the map).

Guerro Map



P.O. Box 538
Goleta  CA 93116

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